Hello and welcome to our new blog, WebFacing World!
We're part of the HATS development team working on the IBM WebFacing Tool, and are planning to use this blog to share how-to's, tips, hints, code samples, best practices, and the latest exciting news about WebFacing. And guess what? Since everyone is only responsible for 50 percent of every relationship, we promise to be 100 percent responsible of our 50 percent, and we encourage you to take charge of yours . That is, please tell us what you'd like to hear from us, whether it's how-to's about neat customization, more examples, tips for managing large projects, diagnosing problems, or anything else you're interested in.
For those of you not familiar with the IBM WebFacing Tool (part of the HATS Toolkit), it's used to convert existing 5250 interfaces where source is available to browser-based graphical user interfaces, letting you run your programs on the Web with few or no changes to your original IBM i applications.
Again, welcome! We are excited to have the opportunity to connect with you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
The WebFacing team
HATS HotSpot Blog
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Welcome to the HATS HotSpot!
We plan to use this space as a place to have discussions and enable collaboration between HATS users.
In case you are new to HATS, H A T S stands for Host Access Transformation Services. HATS enables you to quickly invest in Enterprise Modernization by allowing you to access your applications and transform the appearance and flow without needing to modify the back-end systems.
With HATS, you can extend your 3270 and 5250 host applications to the Web, to portlets, to rich clients, to web services, or to browsers on mobile devices quickly, easily, and with low risk. This can go even further to allow you to provide Web Services as SOA assets and create additional logic from customized code, or even create services from VT host applications!
You can improve the workflow and navigation of your host applications, without needing access to application source code.
The technology that HATS provides allows many different possibilities right from the beginning. Import BMS maps, use our WebFacing technology with your DDS source to automatically transform whole systems of screens, or just start off with the default renderings.
You can define transformations to extend and modernize individual and sets of screens, define additional business logic with data storable in global variables, use text replacements and global rule definitions to transform content, and let HATS automatically take care of the screens you haven't handled. Macros allow you redefine the flow directly or by creating Integration Objects which can be turned into services or their own web pages, even EJBs. With HATS you can even redefine how a user sees a Green Screen view, so that a list of selections can be recognized as a component of the screen and transformed into a drop down or links or removed altogether.
You can find more information about the HATS product at the HATS Product Site as well as the WebFacing and HATS technology blogs, sites, and discussions around the IBM Rational Cafés. We are looking forward to collaborating with everyone on many exciting ideas. [Read More]