Making time to learn new things: The iBelieve tour is back

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Oct 30, 2015 2:15:39 PM

Almost everyone I know in IT is busy.

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Topics: IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access, iBelieve, Application Modernization, ibmi, Optimization, RPG, Strategy, AS400

A Fresche look at Modernizing Your IBM i UI, Applications and Database

Posted by Chris Koppe on Dec 4, 2014 10:10:00 PM

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Topics: IBM i, GUI, Application Modernization, Application Integration

The IBM i RPG Dude - Part 4c - OpenDSPF Drag&Drop Reference Fields

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Aug 31, 2014 10:07:39 PM

The RPG Dude highlights key points on DB and Drag & Drop fields in this episode, to directly design fields with their definition and also label onto the display.

Tell the RPG Dude what you would like to learn about in the comments section below.

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Topics: IBM i, GUI, RPG Open Access, IDE, looksoftware, DDS

The IBM i RPG Dude - Part 4b - OpenDSPF GUI DOM Control

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Aug 30, 2014 11:00:00 AM

In his next episode titled "The RPG Dude and Open Display Files - GUI Properties Control (DOM Control)", our RPG Dude explores layout attributes and GUI.  What does his boss think about him now? Find out below:

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Topics: IBM i, GUI, RPG Open Access, looksoftware, DDS

Top 10 User Interface Design tips

Posted by Nick Hampson on Feb 5, 2014 8:19:51 PM

In my top 10, I have resisted the urge to cover everything I thought was important or it would probably have become a "Top 326 tips".

That said, here are some of the core things to think about; the thought process, modern paradigms and so on.


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Topics: IBM i, GUI, Application Modernization, User Interface

1000 screens to reface: where to start? Breaking large refacing projects into manageable chunks

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jan 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Over the years many of the projects we have worked on with customers have been in the thousands of screens, some upwards of 8000, one around 10,000, often with sections being written by different people to different standards (for instance different F-keys for the same action app to app).

The first thing to do at the start of any project is take a breath. Never just dive in and 'start fixing stuff' without a plan.

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Topics: GUI, Application Modernization, newlook

Multi-tier benefits with UI metadata definition

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Nov 28, 2013 9:24:00 PM

In a previous blog, Finally RPG gets the control it always wanted on IBM i, we looked at some of the benefits of multi-tier architecture provided by Open Access. It's time to revisit the subject in a bit more detail and examine the ways we can leverage these multi-tier benefits with UI metadata definition.

Metadata is information about your I/O fields. It is possible to have metadata within the DDL or your DDS that describes your display file. You can also have metadata that describes elements for a new device or resource your OA handler is connected to.

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Topics: GUI, RPG Open Access, DDS

An introduction to lookserver v10 Skins

Posted by Simon Kennedy on Oct 21, 2013 10:30:00 PM

First of all welcome to lookserver 10 - there are many fantastic features for you to utilize and enhance your modernized applications even further.

Let’s look at one of the new aspects of lookserver 10 and how you can leverage new content and content from existing deployments in a more effective and simple way.

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Topics: GUI, lookserver

Finally RPG gets the control it always wanted on IBM i

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Sep 27, 2013 12:30:00 AM

For some RPG developers, Open Access (OA) is considered new technology, for others it is viewed as new architecture. Simply defining OA is a difficult task because it can do so much, including refacing, refactoring and/or new development of applications.

In this post we examine the way OA enables control of new elements within your application. We also look at how to transtion to a true multi-tier architecture.

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Topics: GUI, RPG Open Access, Business Logic

IBM i and web apps can't do that....

Posted by Nick Hampson on Sep 12, 2013 2:28:00 AM

I am concerned when listening to the luminaries in the IBM i community talking about what can be done with web apps vs. hybrid vs. native. I really wish these guys would 'pony up' buy some books and learn the facts.

With status comes responsibility and luminaries are trusted by many, their word is gospel or pretty close. So when talking about topics where they have little knowledge they pass on half truths, miss what's possible or even worse bend the truth to the tune of what they wish to sell you, this upsets me greatly.

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Mobile, GUI