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Business Computer Design, Int'l. Inc. (BCD) yesterday released its new V6.6 of WebSmart ILE that the company says far surpasses anything previously offered to System i shops that are engaged in developing Web applications.

Cross-Platform Data Access

WebSmart ILE V6.6 includes new built-in templates that allow users to create programs that connect to either Microsoft SQL server databases or to MySQL databases residing on Windows, Linux or Unix platforms, as well as DB2. This new feature is regarded by the company as WebSmart’s most significant because it gives the award-winning solution cross-platform database capabilities that help to streamline multi-platform data access.

Another new template lets a developer define the JDBC database connection parameters–IP address, user profile, password, etc.—so the information can be encapsulated in one program and called by many. This enables the developer to easily change the connection at any time for an entire suite of programs simply by changing one program.

Visual HTML Editor

WebSmart ILE now can create powerful, custom Web applications using a new visual HTML editor with drag-and-drop design aids. The WYSIWYG HTML editor allows developers with little Web application development experience to create business-class Web applications with what the company calls "stunning ease," and significantly accelerates Web page design for those with more extensive skills.

WebSmart ILE's new visual HTML editor offers:

  • Drag-and-drop control of images, fields, and text
  • WYSIWYG instant feedback
  • A "database-aware" editor that allows you to drag-and-drop database fields directly onto the visual view
  • A button to toggle between the HTML source code view and the visual design panel
  • Program changes that are instantly reflected in editor panels, further simplifying the entire development process
  • Generated HTML that conforms to the latest standards, is lightweight, and uses CSS (cascading style sheets) for presentation.

Intelliprompting

 

A new timesaving feature called Intelliprompting offers real-time prompting for PML names as you work in the code editor. PML is WebSmart’s optimized programming language. For example, if you type the letter "g," all functions starting with that letter appear, along with a descriptive line for each function, showing any parameter types and return values. As you continue typing, the list is further subsetted. For example, typing "get" shows a list of all functions starting with "get," such as "getparm," "getrcd," etc.

New Templates for creating HTML, JavaScript and CSS files

New templates, available in all template families, make it easy to create straight HTML Web pages, JavaScript files, and CSS style sheets. These new templates build upon the powerful editing functionality of WebSmart’s IDE and make it a viable alternative to Web development tools for Windows environments.

 

Other new features include:

  • Field Renaming
  • Open Multiple Definitions and Files in the IDE
  • Ability to "launch" HTML files
  • Improved structure and simplification of ILE templates
  • Support for the += operator for both alpha and numeric values
  • Improved "Program Attributes" screen design which is sensitive to CSS use
According to Duncan Kenzie, a noted System i application development tool expert, and BCD’s CTO, "Visual Web application development tools offer the best chances for the successful deployment of Web-based applications. The visual editing features now incorporated in WebSmart ILE produce clean, lightweight HTML that conforms to the latest standards. System i technicians can focus their skills on business logic, rather than design, to achieve the best productivity on every single development effort."

 

Since its initial release years ago, WebSmart ILE has had a major impact on traditional RPG shops, and the System i market in general. In part, WebSmart ILE has been a big success because other products often have either very large footprints that require significant system resources and/or are incredibly complex for RPG developers to understand. WebSmart changes all that. BCD is proud to have WebSmart have won 13 industry awards for software excellence, more awards than any other tool in the System i marketplace.

Recently, BCD announced a new edition of WebSmart called WebSmart PHP. The software is for System i shops that want to develop in multi-platform, non-proprietary 100 percent PHP code with the same ease. Interestingly, WebSmart ILE and WebSmart PHP share the same IDE, so even though the PHP edition is relatively new, it is as stable as its close cousin, WebSmart ILE. Users may choose to develop in the WebSmart ILE edition, WebSmart PHP edition, or both.

Availability

To obtain a fully working copy of the WebSmart ILE 6.6, visit Trial Download.

 

For questions or to view a hosted demo of WebSmart ILE, WebSmart PHP, or BCD’s complete integrated System i modernization suite call BCD at (630) 986-0800, or forward your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organizations looking to modernize their applications and business processes with a complete integrated modernization solution will be interested in BCD’s modernization suite which includes WebSmart (ILE and/or PHP), Nexus Portal, Clover Query (shares the same IDE as WebSmart), Catapult and SmartCharts. The promotion price for the entire suite ranges between $14,500–$26,500 for single partition and more for unlimited partition usage depending on System i family tier. SmartCharts is included with either edition of WebSmart license free and maintenance free.

About BCD

BCD has received more than 35 industry awards, including 13 for WebSmart. The company has 30 years of experience in the IBM midrange marketplace. More than 30,000 copies of its software products have been licensed worldwide by more than 10,000 organizations. BCD is a member of IBM’s System i ISV Advisory Council and is an IBM Advanced Business Partner. All of BCD’s key solutions are included on IBM’s System i Developer Roadmap and are IBM Server Proven.
Business Computer Design (BCD)

BCD is a Quadrant Software company and one of the most successful software organizations in the IBM i marketplace. The companies have a combined 60 years in the IBM i marketplace and have successfully helped thousands of organizations worldwide modernize. Together, Quadrant and BCD help customers maximize their investment in IBM i with their industry leading web development, mobilization, spool file beautification and document distribution tools. Their customers and partners around the world are leaders in key markets such as finance, manufacturing, transportation, retail and healthcare.
Quadrant and BCD are part of the Quadrant group of companies that also includes Netlert, which develops an Avaya call center performance analysis solution, and SoftBase, which provides application testing and tuning solutions for IBM's DB2 database utilizing the OS/390 and z/OS operating systems.
For more information, please visit http://www.bcdsoftware.com
and http://www.quadrantsoftware.com.


 

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