ASNA has released ASNA Wings 6.1 and ASNA Mobile RPG 6.1. ASNA Wings 6.1 provides a fast, easy, modern alternative to traditional 5250 IBM i character-based displays. ASNA Mobile RPG 6.1 empowers RPG programmers to create mobile applications for smartphones and tablets with ILE RPG.
ASNA Wings 6.1 transforms traditional IBM i 5250 character-based displays into attractive browser-based alternatives. This new interface can be rendered as modernized displays or directly in the built-in Wings 5250 browser-based emulator. The modernized displays can be functionally enhanced with features such as business partner Web services, displaying maps and images, and exporting data to Excel. Wings 6.1 introduces powerful new mobile features. All Wings displays are now touch-sensitive and the emulator has been enhanced to work very well on 7" and 10" tablets (including the ability to use function keys). These features allow customers to use tablets as portable workstations anywhere that a wireless network is available.
ASNA Mobile RPG (MR) is a product that enables the creation of smartphone and tablet apps with ILE RPG. Mobile RPG provides a powerful drag-and-drop mobile UI designer. RPG programmers use this designer to create mobile UIs. A broad complement of user interface "widgets" (including map, image, list, and graph) are provided. Once the mobile UI is created, that "mobile display file" is exported to the IBM i as a traditional display file. An RPG programmer then writes an ILE RPG program, using the exported display file to establish the RPG-display file data contract. The RPG program object is compiled against this display file. At runtime, ASNA Mobile RPG through IBM's Open Access API, the RPG program's display file is intercepted and redirected to the mobile display file. An MR app is able to exploit native facilities on the smartphone such as its phone, its camera, the geo location, text messaging, and email.
Continues Valero, "We are very happy with the great work that IBM has done with its Open Access for RPG API. Both ASNA Wings and ASNA Mobile RPG use that API and these products prove that powerful, feature-rich applications can still be created for the IBM i."
Both ASNA Wings 6.1 and ASNA Mobile RPG 6.1 are shipping now.