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jQuery Mobile might seem like a real sea monster, so let's tame it!

 

Summer is here in Denmark, and that means vacation and spending time with the family. No work, no stress, just a pale body in the sun. Many people buy a good book and spend the free hours reading it; others make puzzles or look after the garden. What do I do? Every summer, I tend to challenge myself by learning some new "computer" fun. This year I have decided it should be jQuery Mobile version 1.4+.

 

I started learning before my vacation, mainly because I wanted to do a mobile interface to the Lean/Takt software, and as I am not clever enough to learn Java or Objective C, I found that RPG, PHP, and jQuery Mobile would be the tools to accomplish the task.

 

So I fired up my browser and headed over to the jQuery Mobile website and started surfing around. Boy, did I get a overwhelmed! It's not a big task; it's a huge task. Once again, very clever people have done a great job for mortal people like me and developed a package that allows me to create a mobile app that will run on the most common mobile devices with a reasonable amount of time for me to spend.

 

I decided to share this with you, and let me start by saying that I don't know every ripple in the jQuery Mobile ocean, but that's why you should continue reading the article: I'm a beginner, and therefore, I might target the same problems you'll encounter if you also want to sail this part of the ocean of developing mobile apps.

 

"Write Less, Do More"

The sentence above is the mantra found on the jQuery Mobile website, and I think it pretty much says what this is all about.

 

I also have to quote the sentence that springs into your eyes when looking at the introduction page: "jQuery Mobile is a touch-optimized HTML5 UI framework designed to make responsive web sites and apps that are accessible on all smartphone, tablet and desktop devices."

 

Please note that during this article I will not explain every keyword and attribute because it would take up way too much space. At the end of the article, I have included a link section where you can dive deeper into everything.

 

jQuery MobilePages

So let's make our first simple page by setting a few simple rules.

 

Rule 1: The page must start with <!DOCTYPE html>, which is the HTML5 definition.

 

Rule 2: After the title keyword, place the viewport meta tag in order to make browsers on mobile devices display zoom level and dimensions correctly.

 

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

 

Rule 3: A page in jQuery Mobile has elements with the "data-role" attribute set. The data-role="page" will be the container that defines the page. Also a data-role="header", class="ui-content", and data-role="footer" are basic for a page.

 

So with that information, our first page will look like this.

 

<!--

//=============================================

//

// Function: jQuery Mobile - first page

//

//=============================================

-->

 

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>

<head>

 

   <title>MCpressonline.com - our first page</title>

     

   <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

     

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.css" />

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script>

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.js"></script>

     

</head>

 

<body>

   <div data-role="page">

 

       <div data-role="header">

           <h1>Dipping your toes in the jQuery Mobile ocean</h1>

       </div><!-- /header -->

 

       <div data-role="content">

           <p>Summer is coming...</p>

       </div><!-- /content -->

 

       <div data-role="footer">

           <h4>My left foot...</h4>

       </div><!-- /footer -->

 

   </div><!-- /page -->

</body>

</html>

Figure 1: This is our first jQuery Mobile page.

 

To see it live, point your mobile phone, iPad, PC, or all here. Please notice how the various browsers display the page according to the dimension of the screen. Really cool and no programming required from you.

 

In jQuery Mobile, a single HTML document can contain multiple pages. This means that all the "pages" load at once with a data-role="header" for each page. Each page is then contained inside a <div> with a unique ID. By clicking a link or button, the framework will load the internal page and display it to the user. So let's try to make a page with three different pages.

 

The page I have created here will show some weather reports on various places in the world (good to know when you're on the sea), and to get a little local "folklore," the examples will be in Danish.

 

The code will look like this (I will comment in bold inside the code).

 

<!--

//======================================================================================

//

// Function: jQuery Mobile - multiple pages

//

//======================================================================================

-->

 

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>

 

<head>

 

   <title>MCpressonline.com - multiple pages</title>

     

      <meta charset="ISO-8859-1">

      <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

     

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.css" />

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script>

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.js"></script>

     

Handle the image size on large screens so the image does not scale up too much.

 

<style>

 

      @media screen and (min-width: 1200px)

      {

 

            img {

            width: 50%;

            max-width: 50%;

            }

           

      }

 

</style>

 

</head>

 

<body>

 

This is the container that holds the data for page 1 with a unique ID of "page1."

 

 

<!-- Page: #page1 -->

 

<!-- page one start -->

<div data-role="page" id="page1">

 

      <!-- header -->

      <div data-role="header">

            <h1>Odense weather</h1>

      </div>

 

      <!-- content -->

      <div data-role="content" >   

            <p>The id of the page is: <code>id="page1"</code>

           

            <p>This is the weather in Odense on 2015-07-11 (in Danish)</p>

            <p>Gradvist mere skyet og i eftermiddag måske stedvis lidt regn.<br>Temp. op mellem 15 og 18 grader, og svag til let vind fra vest og sydvest.<br>I aften mest skyet og endnu mulighed for lidt regn, men i nat mest tørt og stedvis ret klart vejr.<br>Temp. ned mellem 10 og 15 grader, og svag til let vind fra sydøst.</p>

 

In the links to the next pages, note the link to page3 has a data-transition="flip", which means that the page will be shown using the flip transition.

When the Back button is pressed, the framework will automatically apply the reverse version of the transition that was used to show the page.

Note: In the link section, there is a link to the various transitions you can use.

 

 

            <a href="#page2">Weather: San Diego, US (link)</a>

            <p>

            <a href="#page3" data-dialog="true" data-transition="flip">Weather: Reykjavik, Iceland (dialog)</a>

 

      </div>

     

      <!-- footer -->

      <div data-role="footer">

            <h4>Copyright Someone - Some Rights Reserved</h4>

      </div>

</div>

<!-- page one end -->

 

This is the container that holds the data for page2 with a unique ID of "page2."

 

<!-- Page: #page2 -->

 

<!-- page two start -->

<div data-role="page" id="page2">

 

      <!-- header -->

      <div data-role="header">

            <h2>San Diego weather</h2>

      </div>

 

      <!-- content -->

      <div data-role="content">

            <p>The id of the page is: <code>id="page2"</code></p>

           

            <img src="/ex2.png" width="100%">

           

            <p><a href="#page1" data-rel="back">Back to Odense weather</a></p>

           

      </div>

     

      <!-- footer -->

      <div data-role="footer">

            <h4>Copyright Someone - Some Rights Reserved</h4>

      </div>

</div>

<!-- page two end -->

 

This is the container that holds the data for page 3 with a unique ID of "page3."

Note that in the div tag with the data-role="page", the data-dialog="true" is specified, which means that the page will be shown as a dialog. The framework will add all the code needed to create the dialog.

 

<!-- Page: #page3 -->

 

<!-- page two start -->

<div data-role="page" id="page3" data-dialog="true">

 

      <!-- header -->

      <div data-role="header">

            <h2>Reykjavik weather</h2>

      </div>

 

      <!-- content -->

      <div data-role="content">

            <p>The id of the page is: <code>id="page3"</code></p>

           

            <img src="/ex2a.png" width="100%">

 

The data-rel="back" will ensure that you will always navigate back to the previous page.

           

            <p><a href="#page1" data-rel="back">Back to Odense weather</a></p>

           

      </div>

     

      <!-- footer -->

      <div data-role="footer">

            <h4>Copyright Someone - Some Rights Reserved</h4>

      </div>

</div>

<!-- page two end -->

 

</body>

</html>

Figure 2: Show the weather in various places of the world.

 

See the example live here.

 

Note that I have added some pictures to pages 2 and 3 and that I have given them a width of 100%. This will make the pictures show very nicely on a mobile phone and on an iPad while on a PC it will look a little odd.

To overcome that, I have used the @media screen in the header section, but of course this could have been done using a jQuery plug-in. I have included a link later on that shows some examples of this.

 

Let's say we want to have some buttons instead of links. Is that difficult?

 

Well, not really. All you have to do is add this class="ui-btn" link to each link, and the links will be transformed into buttons. By adding calls "ui-corner-all", the buttons will have rounded corners.

 

I have also added a small icon to each button on the first page just by using the "ui-icon-xxxx" class, where xxxx is the name of the icon. In my example, I have used the "ui-icon-arrow-r" class, which is a right-pointing arrow. To place the arrow on the right of the button, use the "ui-btn-icon-right" class. This means that the button code will look like this:

 

<a href="#page3" class="ui-btn ui-corner-all ui-btn-icon-right ui-icon-arrow-r" data-dialog="true" data-transition="flip">Weather: Reykjavik, Iceland (dialog)</a>

 

And the interface will now like this:

 

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Figure 3: You have built your first page!

 

See it here. Get the code here.

 

All links in jQuery Mobile are handled by what is called the"AJAX navigation system," and as the name says, linking is done in AJAX. That might leave you with the question "What about external links?" Well, jQuery Mobile will handle it and use AJAX if possible and "normal" linking if not. So domain-crossing issues will automatically be handled by the framework.

 

Until now, I have paddled in only a very small part of the jQuery Mobile ocean, but generally speaking the framework is more and less built over the same "model," so if you understand one part, it will be very easy for you to dig into all the other elements in the framework.

 

Before I move on to events, I will just briefly show you a quick example of the Listview widget that the framework provide.

 

jQuery MobileListview

A listview is defined by an unordered or ordered list with a wide range of features. To define a listview, add data-role="listview" attribute to the list and you're set.

 

Let's define a very simple unordered list that contains a list of song with the word "ocean" in the title.

 

<!-- page start -->

<div data-role="page" id="page1">

 

      <!-- header -->

      <div data-role="header">

            <h1>Sailing the jQuery Mobile ocean</h1>

      </div>

     

      <!-- content -->

      <div data-role="content">    

     

            <p>

            <h4>Song with the word "Ocean"</h4>

            <p>

                  <ul data-role="listview" >

                  <li>Fountains of Wayne - A Dip in the Ocean</li>

                  <li>Mick Harvey - A Drop, An Ocean</li>

                  <li>Pixies - Another Toe in the Ocean</li>

                  <li>The Vaccines - Aftershave Ocean</li>

                  <li>Tom Waits - The Ocean Doesn't Want Me</li>

                  <li>The Mountain Goats - Oceanographer</li>

                  <li>Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Oceanographer</li>

                  <li>Erza Furman - At The Bottom Of The Ocean</li>

                  </ul>

 

      </div>

     

      <!-- footer -->

      <div data-role="footer">

            <h4>Copyright Someone - Some Rights Reserved</h4>

      </div>

</div>

<!-- page end -->

 

This will look like this:

 

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Figure 4: Here's a jQuery Mobile listview with an unordered list.

 

Now let's make it possible to add a filter to the list. This is done by adding the attribute to the <ul> line, so it now looks like this:

 

<ul data-role="listview" data-filter="true" data-filter-placeholder="Search songs...">

 

And the result will then look like this:

 

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Figure 5: Now the listview has a "ne" filter applied.

 

See it live here:

 

Pretty cool and not much work to do if you ask me.

 

Moreover, the feature list just continues and continues with attributes like Filter reveal, List dividers, Autodividers, and Count bubbles. The features are endless, and you really get the "wow" feeling when you look into it. Look in the link section for a link to this nice feature.

 

I hope you can see the strength of this framework. I have only two things left in this article that I will touch before we have to sail back into the safe coast and catch our breath.

 

The first thing is the "event." This nice feature makes a mobile app a real mobile app, with things like "swipe" and "taphold" and all the other things that those clever app guys do all the time.

 

And now the time has come for you to sail that boat on the ocean.

 

jQuery Mobile Events

Before we begin, I must say that I have already made this article much longer than I planned in the first place, mainly because to cover this huge subject just takes up space, but also because when you get started it just is so cool and effective that stopping is pretty hard. But I will just show you some quick examples of how to use the events and from then on you're on your own, but hopefully with enough wind in the sails to keep the boat in motion.

 

Let's start by testing the "tap" and "taphold." In this example, we'll create a small page that has three buttons.

 

One button will act on a tap/tab event, and one button will act on a taphold/tabhold event; this means that the button must be held down longer than one second. The last button is a reset button. All that happens is that some messages will be shown below the buttons to notify you what just happened. Not very useful, but good enough to show how to trigger the events.

 

I have also tried to combine the tab and tabhold. It doesn't work very well if you ask me, but you can test that yourself.

 

Here is the code (comment is bold):

 

<!--

//======================================================================================

//

// Function: jQuery Mobile - events

//

//======================================================================================

-->

 

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>

 

<head>

 

   <title>MCpressonline.com - events</title>  

     

      <meta charset="ISO-8859-1">

      <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

     

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.css" />

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script>

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.js"></script>

     

 

CSS classes to handle the colors.

     

<style>    

 

.setTabColor {

      background-color: #D52B1E;

      color: #FFFFFF;  

}

 

.setTabHoldColor {

      background-color: #4572A7;

      color: #FFFFFF;

}

 

</style>   

     

<script language="JavaScript">

<!--

 

//=============================================================================

// jQuery

//=============================================================================

$(document).ready(function() {     

 

$(function(){

 

 

Bind the event to the buttons and call a function when the event occurs. This could be done in various ways, but this example is taken from the jQuery Mobile API reference and modified to suit my needs. If you head over to the w3schools.com website, they have examples that make the same stuff in a different way. I have included the links at the end.

 

 

$( "#myButton1" ).bind( "tap", tapHandler );

$( "#myButton2" ).bind( "taphold", tapHandlerHold );

$( "#myResetButton" ).bind( "tap", tapHandlerReset );

 

// Function that to handle the tab

function tapHandler( event ){

   $( "#myResult" ).html( "I was tapped..." ).removeClass('setTabHoldColor').addClass('setTabColor');

}

 

// Function to handle the long press

function tapHandlerHold( event ){

   $( "#myResult" ).html( "I was long pressed..." ).removeClass('setTabColor').addClass('setTabHoldColor');

}

 

// Function to handle the rest

function tapHandlerReset( event ){

   $( "#myResult" ).html( "&nbsp;" ).removeClass('setTabColor setTabHoldColor');

}  

 

 

});

 

     

     

});

// -->

 

</script>

 

</head>

 

<body>

 

<!-- page start -->

<div data-role="page" id="page1">

 

      <!-- header -->

      <div data-role="header">

            <h1>Events - tap / taphold</h1>

      </div>

     

      <!-- content -->

      <div data-role="content">    

 

      <p>

      <button id="myButton1">Tab me</button>

      <button id="myButton2">Hold me down for more than a second</button>

      <p>

      <button id="myResetButton">Reset</button>

      <p>

      <div id="myResult">&nbsp;</div>

 

      </div>

     

      <!-- footer -->

      <div data-role="footer">

            <h4>Copyright Someone - Some Rights Reserved</h4>

      </div>

</div>

<!-- page end -->

 

</body>

</html>

Figure 6: This example shows tap (tab) and taphold (tabhold).

 

See it live here.

 

The last event example I will show is a page where you can swipe left on one button and swipe right on another and then a reset button where you can just swipe. When swiped, a Collapsible (another widget) will be shown telling you a little Elvis Costello info.

 

The code looks like this:

 

<!--

//======================================================================================

//

// Function: jQuery Mobile - swipe

//

//======================================================================================

-->

 

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>

 

<head>

 

   <title>MCpressonline.com - events</title>  

     

      <meta charset="ISO-8859-1">

      <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

     

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.css" />

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script>

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.js"></script>

     

     

<style>    

 

Some CSS to style the Collapsibles

 

.setSwipeLeft {

      background-color: #D52B1E;

      color: #FFFFFF;  

}

 

.setSwipeRight {

      background-color: #4572A7;

      color: #FFFFFF;

}

 

</style>   

     

<script language="JavaScript">

<!--

 

//=============================================================================

// jQuery

//=============================================================================

$(document).ready(function() {     

 

$(function(){

 

Handle the swipes on the buttons and expand the collapsible in question.

 

$( "#myButton1" ).bind( "swipeleft", swipeLeftHandler );

$( "#myButton2" ).bind( "swiperight", swipeRightHandler );

$( "#myResetButton" ).bind( "swipe", swipeHandlerReset );

 

// Function that to handle the swipes

function swipeLeftHandler( event ){

   //$("#col2").collapsible( "collapse" ); // Remove to test

   $("#col1").collapsible( "expand" );

}

 

// Function to handle the long press

function swipeRightHandler( event ){

// $("#col1").collapsible( "collapse" ); // Remove to test

   $("#col2").collapsible( "expand" );

}

 

// Collapse all

function swipeHandlerReset( event ){

   $("#col1,#col2").collapsible( "collapse" );

}  

 

 

});

 

     

     

});

// -->

 

</script>

 

</head>

 

<body>

 

<!-- page start -->

<div data-role="page" id="page1">

 

      <!-- header -->

      <div data-role="header">

            <h1>Events - swipes</h1>

      </div>

     

      <!-- content -->

      <div data-role="content">    

 

      <p>

      <button id="myButton1">Swipe left</button>

      <button id="myButton2">Swipe right</button>

      <p>

      <button id="myResetButton">Just swipe</button>

      <p>

      <div id="myResult">&nbsp;</div>

     

 

Define the collapsible.

 

            <div id="col1" data-role="collapsible">

                  <h4>My Aim is true</h4>

                  <p class="setSwipeLeft">Released in 1977 on Stiff Records</p>

            </div>     

           

            <div id="col2" data-role="collapsible">

                  <h4>King of America</h4>

                  <p class="setSwipeRight">Released in 1986 on F-Beat Records</p>

            </div>           

 

      </div>

     

      <!-- footer -->

      <div data-role="footer">

            <h4>Copyright Someone - Some Rights Reserved</h4>

      </div>

</div>

<!-- page end -->

 

</body>

</html>

Figure 7: Here's an example of swipe.

 

See it live here.

 

This completes the event intro and what I have to show about the subject. Of course, there's much more to be said about this subject andyes, you guessed righta link can be found in the link section.

 

If you're still with me, we have come to the last subject I will talk about in this article, which is "theming," so let's take a deep breath and dive into this very exciting feature.

 

jQuery Mobile Theming

jQuery Mobile has a very powerful and sophisticated theming tool inside the framework. Up to 26 set of toolbars, content, and button colors are supported in what is called a "swatch." When I first looked into it, I didn't get the idea, but then suddenly the penny dropped and I did understand that a "swatch" is the collection of colors and looks that define a theme.

 

Each "swatch" is defined by a letter, starting at "a" and going up. This means that by adding the attribute data-theme="a" to any element, it will get to colors and shapes for that theme. If you add the data-theme on the page level, all widgets inside the page container will automatically inherit the theme.

 

And how do you define a theme? you might wonder. Well, the answer is "ThemeRoller." ThemeRoller is a tool that lets you define everythingand I mean everythingthat has to be defined for a theme, and does so in a very easy drag-and-drop way.

 

Define your theme, download it, and use it in your own project. You can save your theme on the jQuery Mobile server and share the URL to anybody else on Twitter or Facebook and become the master of "themes."

 

Go to ThemeRoller by clicking on this link. You will see something like this:

 

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Figure 8: This is the jQuery Mobile ThemRoller interface.

 

As you can see, you can select the swatch you want to work with, and you can then fold out the various elements on the left or you can drag and drop colors to the elements in the center of the screen. When you're done, click the download button at the top. Give the theme a name and save it, and you're ready to go.

 

The save screen looks like this.

 

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Figure 9: Save a theme from ThemeRoller.

 

You will get a zip file from the tool. Here's my advice on how to handle it. Create a folder called "css-themes" in the place where you have your jQuery Mobile project. Then create a folder with the name of the theme you made when saving. This way you can have more than one theme inside the css-themes folder.

 

In my example, I created a theme named "myTheme," so my folder structure will look like this:

 

/root -> css-themes -> myTheme

 

The myTheme folder will contain all the files needed for the theme to function.

 

Now let's use the theme from the previous example 7 code (see downloadable code). I have made a copy and it is now called example 8.

 

This is how the new header sections look:

 

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css-themes/myTheme/myTheme.min.css" />

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css-themes/myTheme/jquery.mobile.icons.min.css" />

     

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile.structure-1.4.5.min.css" />

 

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script>

      <script src="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.js"></script>

           

 

As you see, I have added the theme created in ThemeRoller according to the structure described above.

 

Note that the "jquery.mobile.structure-1.4.5.min.css" has been added. This file contains the barebonea CSS for the jQuery Mobile structure and is needed when you use your own theme.

 

Then on the "page" section I have added the data-theme="a" attribute like this:

 

            <div data-role="header" data-theme="a">

 

And that's it. You have now implemented your own theme.

 

If you want to change to Swatch b, just change the data-theme="a" to data-theme="b" and you will see that everything changes.

 

Below are the various looks according to the theme:

 

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Figure 10: Various themes are applied to the same page.

 

See it live here.

 

Downloads

Download the code used in the examples.

 

jQuery MobilLink Section

jQuery Mobile Demo

http://demos.jquerymobile.com/1.4.5/

 

Quick-start guide (previous version, but gives a good overview)

http://demos.jquerymobile.com/1.2.1/docs/about/getting-started.html

 

jQuery MobilePages

http://demos.jquerymobile.com/1.4.5/pages/

 

jQuery MobileTransitions

http://demos.jquerymobile.com/1.4.5/transitions/

 

jQuery MobileListviews

http://demos.jquerymobile.com/1.4.5/listview/

 

jQuery MobileIcons

http://demos.jquerymobile.com/1.4.5/icons/

 

jQuery Mobile APIEvents

http://api.jquerymobile.com/category/events/

 

jQuery Mobile APItaps/taphold

http://api.jquerymobile.com/1.3/tap/

http://api.jquerymobile.com/1.3/taphold/

 

jQuery Mobile Events (w3schools.com)

http://www.w3schools.com/jquerymobile/jquerymobile_ref_events.asp

 

ThemeRoller

http://themeroller.jquerymobile.com/

 

Advanced jQuery Mobile TutorialPart 1, Responsive Design:

http://www.gajotres.net/advanced-jquery-mobile-tutorial-part-1-responsive-design/

 

Ocean Colour Scene

Now this has been a long journey, and I think that it's about time we head back to a safe haven. I hope that you can see some of the potential this framework can provide to you and your organization. If I could make a picture of how big this is, it would be that I have tried to fill an ocean into a bucket; there's still so much you can learn and do.

 

So till next time, get your business data out of the IBM i and present it on users' mobiles. I am sure you will then be the new Neptune.

 

Jan Jorgensen

Jan Jorgensen is one of the owners of www.reeft.dk, which specializes in mobile and i5 solutions. He works with RPG, HTML, JavaScript, Perl, and PHP. You can reach him at [email protected]

 

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    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!
    Watch this Webinar Now!

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

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    Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data?
    Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

    • Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    • Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    • Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    • How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    • High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!

     

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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    IBM i is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, with little information available about what IBM i users are doing on this server. Even companies that use this technology struggle to explain to their own teams what IBM i stands for and who else is using it.
    The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its 3rd year—was designed to solve this problem. Watch this on-demand webinar for the exclusive results of the 2017 survey. IBM i Champion Tom Huntington is joined by a panel of technology experts to discuss year-over-year trends and new insights. The panel will discuss:

    • What other platforms do you run alongside IBM i?
    • What programming and Open Source languages are you using?
    • What are your top IT issues?
    • What version of POWER and what OS level is most prevalent?
    • Are you expanding your usage of IBM i?
    • Is IBM i a good ROI?

    The expert panel will provide industry insight and comments about the results. When the webinar concludes, you’ll get access to the full results.

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success in 2018.
    You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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    Let’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch noted security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    • Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    • Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    • Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    • Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.

     

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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    Get actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i

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    Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) runs on AIX and allows you to share input/output resources across logical partitions. The health of your VIOS server is critical to the performance of all your Power server partitions, so monitoring it is a must.
    Our 2017 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results uncovered a cool trend: an increasing number of IBM i shops are running AIX instances alongside IBM i on Power Systems servers. We like to see these systems playing nicely together on the same server, though it does shine a spotlight on shared resources.
    During this 30-minute recording, our experts demonstrate the new VIOS and AIX monitoring capabilities in Robot Monitor. You’ll learn about:

    • The top AIX metrics that impact VIOS
    • Real-time monitoring with dashboard displays
    • Threshold and notification options
    • Identifying trends to better allocate resources

    With VIOS/AIX running alongside IBM i, you need visibility into your entire Power environment.
    Watch now to see how Robot Monitor can get you there!

     

     

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

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    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying?
    It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.

     

  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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    Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
    IT pros have many tactics to choose from, but time (and budgets!) are not unlimited. The key is prioritizing risks and identifying the most effective ways to mitigate the danger.
    In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
    In this on-demand webinar, our team of cybersecurity security experts analyzes results. You’ll learn about:

    • Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
    • How managers and executives prioritize security
    • Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
    • Where IT pros turn for assistance with security

    You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

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    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

    This Webinar features IBM i expert Alison Butterill, and Profound Logic’s Brian May and Alex Roytman.

     

    Watch the On-demand Webinar Now!

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

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    Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
    Are people constantly removing documents from filing cabinets?
    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Too much paper is wasted—approximately 1,000 pages per month per worker.
    Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets drive your employees crazy.
    And distributing documents to customers, vendors, and business partners is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

    Plus, our experts will provide a live demonstration of how implementing a document management solution will quickly solve your paper-based problems, so you can be more

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • TRY the One Package That Solves All Your Document Design and Printing Challenges

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    Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?

    - Drive over 450 different printer types.
    - Create invoices, statements, checks.
    - Set dynamic rules that transform output on the fly.
    - Conditionally distribute via Email, fax, or PDF.
    - Integrate with your current applications in minutes.
    - Preview printing on screen.
    - Native System i, Windows, AIX, Linux.

    Try MarkMagic today for free

  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable.
    Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution.
    Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits.
    Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution.
    Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution.
    Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

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    NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
    - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
    - Create Word documents
    - Send to Windows screen and PC printers
    No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!
    If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.... Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!
    Offer good through December 31, 2016.

  • Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
    Without visibility into IBM i's exit points, your users could be viewing, changing, or even deleting sensitive data—and you wouldn’t know!
    Network Security lets you monitor and control access to over 30 exit points, including:

    - ODBC
    - FTP
    - DDM
    - Remote command
    - Fileserve (mapped drives to IFS)
    It’s easy to set up custom access rules and get notified in real-time when security events occur.
    Stop “back door” access today. Try Network Security free for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

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    More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center (and staff) efficiency.