In case you haven't heard yet, we are a week away from launching lookserver 10. As we neared committing to a GA release date for early October, it made sense to make it the 10th day of the 10th month of the year.
This release brings together a combination of enhancements requested from existing customers as well as taking advantage of the advancements in HTML5 and CSS3. The theme of this release is power with simplicity.
The greatest thing about lookserver 10 is that you can get great results almost immediately with minimal effort, but your solutions can also be extended in almost limitless ways.
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.
This really boils down to two key elements:
XML HTTP request 2 and web workers - tools built to make web applications yet run like Native applications.
The IBM i operating system has more clients than any other operating system from IBM. There are hundreds of thousands of installations across more than one hundred thousand organizations.
looksoftware has created a fascinating info graphic on the state of play for IBM i. It highlights some of the reasons that have made the IBM i the best platform for writing and running business applications. It also highlights the direction that business applications will be heading as they adapt to the ever-changing requirements of business users, IT departments and business executives.
So, connectivity, doesn't sound like a revolution or even very exciting does it?
The truth could not be further from that, web sockets are for me the biggest revolution of the web, they removes the issues in building modern applications based on technologies only setup to display web pages.
Thats a strong statement from a guy who like to draw pretty pictures and can't actually program, but bear with me, I know this stuff pretty well and its lives up to the hyperbole. While we can get into XHR's, AJAX and a million other acronyms, the simple reality of web sockets is easy to understand and easy to see why its a revolution.
HTML5 & IBM i - Device Access
I've written this blog entry three times trying to get it right, I'm not sure I've hit the mark, so if you want to see anything else or more detail add some comments. While trying to write up this entry I've done endless technical detail and even tried a video but on reflection, the detail misses the entire point of device access. For me the point of device access is not the individual things you can do (and I will cover them) but the value this brings to browser-based apps, it is a real game changer.