View Full Version : Why use ILE with JAVA?
05-25-2002, 07:14 AM
Hello, I am curious as to the benefits of using ILE along with JAVA. Basically can anyone point me in a direction to info on why you have to be using ILE in order to use JAVA. We have very little if any true ILE apps at my current job, and they are wanting to start interacting with our JAVA, Cold Fusion, and VB folks. Can anyone give me reasons/benefits to why we need to move to ILE? I am all for it because I used to code ILE at my previous position, and now need to sell others on why we need to move that direction fast. Any links articles or personal help would be greatly appreciated. I am more interested in why we have to be using ILE if we want to use EJB's etc. Because we are most likely moving in that direction, and I just need some facts. Thanks, Trevor
05-25-2002, 07:14 AM
If your shop was all Java, you would not have been on RPG forum so I assume you have some RPG stuff atleast. Since you had been an ILE programmer, you know what ILE stands for. So I guess all you need here is someone to second your opinion to go for ILE :) Well I second you :) Actually I will give me my perspective. I hope others will give their perspective and you can compile all the reasons to move to ILE to your management. As you are aware, IBM is working on its hardware and software to capture market of other platforms. On the hardware side, IBM has rebranded all of its major hardware as eServer and the existing brands comes as their series e.g. AS/400 is an iSeries eServer. On the software side, compilers are generating an intermediate "w-code" making all languages native to AS/400. This attempt is to make one true scalable computer called eServer that would have all major languages as native. The recently announced i890 is already scalable to mainframe. So why go for ILE? In these times of takeovers and mergers, more and more shops are multi language multi platform. It is easy to have one AS/400 replacing all those hardware but it is not easy to replace all the software. There are trusted old guards that thwart all attempts of integration. The solution is to keep AS/400 multi language. So in a typpical shop, you will have atleast RPG next to Java. I can not imagine a serious all Java shop at this point of time. At a multi language platform, languages need to talk to each other and you might want to build an infracture of callable modules. In my personal opinion, a good infrastructure of callable modules is vital for speedy development in multi language environment. Enough rant? I wrote this posting in many hours as I kept getting up for chores. So if you cant make any sense, never mind, its me not you.
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