Archive for June 11, 2013

Take a New Look At Web Option

Seeking to move your CA 2E business applications from the green screen to the web? Web Option can make that much easier with its seamless integration with CA 2E. This integration provides the framework on which to develop a highly usable and good looking web application using primarily your CA 2E skills. Even better, you can accomplish the move in phases. You will find the development workflow almost identical to the way you work with CA 2E now.

Modernize in Phases

The first phase of the conversion process is ‘just in time’ screen conversion; once the Web Option server is running, the application can be converted automatically. Web Option provides rules that allow you to have control over the look and feel of the pages.

The second phase creates HTML skeletons from each of the screens in the application. This conversion can be completed screen by screen or as a batch job on a group of screens. You input the rules that define the company brand and get screens with the look and feel that matches your brand. The screens are generated with a uniform look and interface, but you always have the opportunity to customize individual screen elements. During this process, you can also integrate Javascript to provide additional interactive capability to elements, such as providing date pickers or rich text editors. You can even integrate with Dojo, JQuery or other Javascript libraries to extend the capabilities further.

The third phase is optional. You might already have the great looking application you desire from phase two. In the third phase, you can start refactoring the screen navigation so that the screens flow as true web applications as a user engages with them. The scripting language that comes with Web Option remembers parameters and flow-through screens without having to display every screen in the flow.

Simple Maintenance

One of the great strengths of Web Option is that its close integration with 2E removes the issues with double maintenance that other web-facing products suffer from. It follows much the same flow that you are used to from working with CA 2E. You can readily make changes to the action diagram or screen. For example, if you want to add a new field to a screen, all you need to do is regenerate the screen, just as you would do to generate new RPG or COBOL code. Instead of using a ‘J’ to generate it, you’ll use an ‘H’ to generate the HTML. All your formatting and customization is preserved. That’s it!

New Web Option Training

CM First has developed a Web Option class to provide developers with a solid foundation on how to develop applications. The class demonstrates the set-up, configuration and the ‘just in time’ pages then shows you how to customize the page skeletons and integrate Javascript and CSS. By the time a developer completes this course, he or she will have a great understanding of the basics of web development with Web Option.

 
 
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