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How to use Global Variables to populate Macro Variables in a HATS Transformation Macro If you want to populate a macro variable with a global variable value, there is an easy way to do so. The first step is to make sure that there is a global variable to prompt from. Create a Global Variable In your screen customization, go to the Actions tab. Choose Add and select Set Global Variable . Name the global variable and give it an initial value so that we can use it in the macro later. Click Finish and make sure that the actions are in the proper... [More]
Did you know that if you're running V5R4 or later, you can make use the Integrated Web Application Server for i to run your WebFacing Web applications as an alternative to WAS? The server, also referred to as Light Weight Infrastructure (LWI), is free, open source, and bundled with your IBM i. Curious? I originally planned for this post to be an LWI deployment how-to, but quickly found that a handy guide already existed showing you how to get started in glorious detail. There's also quite a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions page that... [More]
If you have HATS V7.5.0.x installed and have upgraded to RAD V7.5.5 fix pack level, when you create a new project you will get a WebContent folder when you create a HATS Web project. This is in addition to the Web Content folder that the HATS Toolkit creates and uses. This problem occurs when you are using RAD V7.5.5 or later. This extra WebContent folder may cause problems, especially when using Integration Objects. To eliminate this extra WebContent folder in a HATS Web project: Right click on your HATS project and choose Properties Select... [More]
The following code sample shows how to map the Up and Down
arrow keys to shift the focus to the previous and next input fields
respectively in a HATS web project. This block of code can be added to the header of an
individual transformation to apply this feature to a single page or
Integration objects play an important role in managing the state of an application or creating a new host connection. However, they typically are used for starting a new HATS connection from within an existing HATS customization. So when should you use an integration object? Web services and combining multiple hosts data onto a single screen are the two options of choice. Integration objects are essentially a Java wrapper the encapsulates the macro state management. What I mean by that is, you can call setters and getters on the integration... [More]
I've been toying with the idea of writing a number of short articles covering HATS topics that have come up in the past. Some more esoteric or subtle HATS topics. These wouldn't be multi-author white papers--nothing that elaborate. Just a casual discussion of issues raised and solved in the past--issues that somebody else might encounter. My question is, where should I put such items? Would folks be more likely to find them in a section under Documents or should I make them Blog posts? This would be topics like connection pooling, servlet... [More]
If you are still using the IBM WebFacing Tool as part of WDSC or are running your WebFacing workload on IBM i V5R4 or lower, but are contemplating an upgrade, then do not miss this online event. This one-hour webinar is targetted towards existing WebFacing users and will provide information about: IBM WebFacing Tool directions and recent enhancements New integrated development environment requirements Changes in IBM WebFacing Tool packaging New deployment requirements and pricing The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at... [More]
There is a new entry under Resource Library you should be aware of. The HATS Samples and Snippets section is now kicked off with a very modern-looking HATS template that you can use in your projects. Check it out.
HATS V8 offers new, exciting capabilities that further strengthen the
solution’s ability to provide practical, low-cost, low-risk, industrial-strength
UI transformation and service enablement. Get a quick HATS refresher and
then delve into the new features delivered in HATS V8, which became available in
August. See this IBM Systems Magazine article Hats off to HATS V8. I
There is now a new PTF available for the WebFacing server for both V5R4 and V6R1. The new PTF for each release includes the following updates to the WebFacing Server. 1) The server has been enhanced to support passwords with a maximum length of 10 or 128 characters (depending upon the system settings). 2) There is improved handling of communications errors when establishing a session as well as better detection of when user jobs have failed to start. This will eliminate the build-up of stale connections to the server. The communications changes... [More]
A few functions have been extended in HATS V126.96.36.199 fix pack : disconnectOnClose support for Internet Explorer 9 Field Minus and Field Plus keys added to the host terminal
keypad VT PF keys added to the host terminal and Visual Macro Editor (VME)
keypads VT session color settings
For more information on these, please read the HATS V188.8.131.52 Release Notes .
For all who've been anxiously awaiting a new release of HATS, it is now available. Highlights in HATS V8 Dojo widget support RESTful web services JSR 286 standard portlets Automatic disconnect and refresh for JSR 286 standard portlets iPad support Simplified specification for rich client, type-ahead support Screen capture support for video terminal (VT) connections Support for the latest development environments Support for the latest runtimes Bidirectional language support enhancements Read What's new in IBM Host Access Transformation... [More]
HATS V184.108.40.206 fix pack is available In addition to fixes for the HATS 8.0 release, the following functions have been extended in the HATS V220.127.116.11 fix pack: Mozilla Firefox Versions 6 and 7 support User configuration of RESTful web service package names HATS Dojo widget settings support for global variables Fill from global variable Extract global variable support for non-text host screen planes Field Minus and Field Plus keys added to the host terminal keypad VT PF keys added to the host terminal and Visual Macro Editor (VME) keypads VT... [More]