CGIDEV2 - RPG Programming for Web Browsers

(or the HTML alternative to DDS)

Date: Tuesday Feb 19, 2008
Time: 5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: IBM-Southfield
18000 West Nine Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075 (map)
Speaker:Gordon Larkins
Notes:CGIDEV2 presentation (PDF)

CGIDEV2 is a toolset allowing programmers to write Common Gateway Interface(CGI) RPG programs through simple functions calls. RPG programs execute CGIDEV2 function calls rather than directly invoke the HTTP API's directly handling the input/output from/to the remote browser. This makes your programs much easier to write/read/maintain/debug.

The function calls to the service program are very efficient and fast. HTML scripts are created and stored in either source physical file membersor in IFS stream files. The HTML is used in the same manner as DDS. The HTML is used like a cross between a display file and a printer file. As the programmer you have much greater control on the presentation of the data. This technique is similar to that of an externally defined display and/or printer file, though HTML can be easier than DDS to read and write. By using this technique, your programs are largely independent from the specific HTML presentation. You may change your HTML without changing your programs.

Meet the Speaker

Gordon Larkins is a seasoned developer with over 25 years of experience. He has been employed with the IT consulting firm ASK, for the past 10 years. ASK is based in Lansing, Michigan and provides IT infrastructure, application development, and remote managed services to companies all over Michigan. Gordon's software development repertoire includes:

Gordon has been developing web applications utilizing CGIDEV2 for over seven years. These applications were designed and created for multiple clients in various industries.