What is a 5250 Terminal Emulator? In a previous blog about 5250 Emulators: The IBM i System (aka i5 aka iSeries aka AS/400) uses something called 5250 to stream its data to a terminal, often called a green screen. You’ve seen these clunky old terminals in black and white sci-fi movies – well we still

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Now that’s a mouthful! So, I’ve been asked to install the latest July 2019 version of Lansa Axes (v4.2.0) for a client. Axes is a web application, running on your IBM i Server, which will replace old traditional green-screen 5250 terminal screens like this: to this: Remove any previous versions of LANSA AXES GO LICPGM

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So, I just did an upgrade of the BCD Software GUI Client (now owned by Fresche Legacy by the way) for a client. This upgraded their older version of Presto to PRESTO 8.1 Server. This also comes with a new Presto Client and Screen Designer adding some nice new tweaks. Compulsive Library Naming Tendencies The

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This morning I had an email from a blog subscriber ( Hi Rick! ) asking for a code tips on how to cleanup IFS file names to remove erroneous characters and/or malformed directory name slashes. Rather than reply with a plethora of programming options — here is an old, but functional, RPG code snippet that

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Email an OUTQ – should be simple? Here you are, you have this output queue filled with reports and you want to email them to your Boss/Colleague/whoever! You dont really want them in smelly old text format you want them to look nice in something like PDF format…. That should be easy right? IBM i

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It’s not someone that makes door handles is it? In software development a handler is a routine/function/method specializing in working with a certain type of data or focused on doing a special task. For example: Event handler – Receives and digests events and signals from the surrounding system (e.g. OS or GUI) or RPG HANDLER – Send/Receives data from

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Discussing a data interchange process with a software vendor today (who shall remain nameless), they told me that their product could talk to an AS400 but had no experience of iSeries or IBM i…. *sigh* I am not telling you the company name because I don’t wan to  to embarrass them in public… but if

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Now, before you get all bent out of shape and point your grubby little index finger at me cackling “you called it an AS400 na-na-nu-na-naaah“, I do have a legitimate reason. It’s a shallow SEO based one (the grey haired brigade keep searching for “zip AS400 library”) but it’s legitimate. I only used the wrong

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An old AS400 Quiz So, last night I was nosing around in the dim dark corners of an old network share on my homeserver. I stumbled across an old TXT document from the late 90’s, I think. It was sitting in a text file called “AS400 Quiz Brainteasers” -it’s obviously old (look at the as400

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Modernizing RPG Programs – Learn the RPG History first I had email email from an old work colleague this morning. He was a windows programmer, with limited exposure to RPG, but works in a company that is driven by a huge, old, complex RPG3 application that has changed little over the last decade. He is

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BCD Presto – Software Green Screen Modernization aka – AS400 iSeries 5250 Screen to Web Conversions BCD Presto is probably my favourite screen modernization tool. It has a very simple and clean screen editor. It’s reliable, fast and intuitive. Most importantly, when I have those “what is the best way to do this?” questions the

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Time to install Presto AS400 iSeries 5250 to Web modernizer Responsive Mobile It’s now easier for IBM i programmers to transform their green screens into web GUIs that are optimized for both desktop and mobile with Presto’s new responsive design capabilities. Presto version 7 incorporates Bootstrap, an open source framework that enables the design of

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