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November 11, 2011 | Volume 8 Issue 45


TOP STORY: Cool Things: Java Prototypes Made Easy
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Feature Article - Programming
Cool Things: Java Prototypes Made Easy

Take the fast path to calling Java methods from RPGLE programs.

mike_faustWritten by Mike Faust

The ability to use Java classes from an RPGLE program can open up a whole new world of capabilities. One big reason Java classes are such a great option is the number of open-source Java classes available to give you the ability to do things like create PDF files or access Microsoft Office documents. The challenge to accessing these classes in your RPGLE programs can be translating the prototypes for the required Java classes into a compatible RPGLE prototype. The good news is that WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSC) will do all of the hard work for you. In this tip, we'll explore exactly how to do this.


Feature Article - Networking
Alpha Five Offers Developers a Chance to Develop Once and Run Anywhere

A new version of what has become a rapid application development (RAD) environment creates a single app that can run on virtually any platform, including a variety of mobile devices.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

The demand for mobile applications and the fact that there are multiple SDKs for the different platforms—including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile—is creating significant extra work for developers and IT shops. With most mobile device manufacturers now basing their browsers on the open-source WebKit engine, however, building native apps for each of the mobile platforms may not be necessary. A hybrid application based on HTML5 and CSS3 will run on any mobile device whose browser is built on WebKit. Most today are, which means if you build one application, it will work across all mobile platforms.


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