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EGL My Transition. Jake Berberich Principal, Xavier Group Roanoke, VA. Background. Started with S/32 Construction, Medical, Retail, 3PL Independent Consultant last 4 years Retail, Manufacturing, Government, Distribution Like 4GL Languages Been searching…. Evaluated.

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Egl my transition

EGLMy Transition

Jake Berberich

Principal, Xavier Group

Roanoke, VA

Xavier Group



  • Started with S/32

  • Construction, Medical, Retail, 3PL

  • Independent Consultant last 4 years

    • Retail, Manufacturing, Government, Distribution

  • Like 4GL Languages

  • Been searching….

Xavier Group



  • Didn’t want the MS route

  • Becoming a Java guy

  • Generators for RPG/CGI

  • PHP on the System i

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Important from system i perspective

Important from System i Perspective

  • Access to legacy data

  • Learning Curve

  • Leverage existing skill sets

  • Reuse tested tried and true code algorithms

  • Platform Loyalty

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Chose egl

Chose EGL

  • Stars and Planets Aligned

  • Client Needs a Web Solution

  • Had to be Custom App

  • Virtually Committed to Adopting EGL

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What i avoided

What I avoided

  • Needing to learn Java

  • Other syntax intensive language

  • HTML coding

  • Migrating away from System i

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Positioned to

Positioned to

  • Leverage Existing Technology Investment

  • Modernize Incrementally

  • Pick Right Tool for Right Opportunity

  • Mix Match Hybrid Technology

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  • Avoid a Dinosaurs' Fate

  • Stay with the System i

  • Deploy UI Experience 2nd to *NONE

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Learning curve for legacy guy

Learning Curve for Legacy Guy

  • Eclipse Workbench

  • Binding Attributes to variables/functions

  • Event Driven Run Time

  • Result Sets vs. RPG Full Procedural Files

  • Problem Determination –

    • Interpretation of WAS Server Console

    • Run time HTTP errors

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Rich system i tool box

Rich System i Tool Box

  • Call your RPG and CLP routines


  • Data Area

  • Logon authentication example

  • Data Queue access have not used

  • Technique for accessing file members

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Development attributes

Development Attributes

  • Content Assist (like F4)

  • Annotate errors as you type

  • Validate variable definition and ‘end’ tags

  • Quick compile even for complex functions

  • Compile/Run Cycle – Immediate Gratification

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Built into the tooling

Built into the Tooling

  • Paging Functions – (Antidotal Story)

  • Category Groups

  • Row Select Tool Bar or Combo Box

  • In place edit of row content

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Modus operandi

Modus operandi

  • Right time for the right tool

  • Combined access of data SQL and RPG

  • SQL function to populate sub-file arrays

  • MVC

  • RPG for record level access CRUD

  • Perform heavy data edits or manipulation with RPG

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What i like

What I Like

  • Not that one couldn’t….

  • Rich property attributes allow for run-time rendering

  • Populating combo boxes from iSeries table values

  • Radio buttons, check boxes, etc.

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Suggestions strategic

Suggestions: Strategic

  • Take the on-line class

  • Then supplement with self study

  • Audit classes when possible

  • Attend the periodic Best Practices Presentations

  • RSS feed the Café

  • RBD and JSF PowerPoint's update always have new how-to(s)

  • Know your strengths

  • Co-opt … enabled colleague to do the UI

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Suggestions tactical

Suggestions: Tactical

  • Use Tomcat for development

  • Build Snippet Compendium

  • Content Assist Softens Syntax Minutia

  • Modify Page Designer Template where appropriate

  • Carry Over Techniques – Incremental Testing of logic

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Ever increasing resources

Ever Increasing Resources

  • EGL Café

  • Examples for virtually every presentation view one would find in business

  • More frequent articles by industry pundits

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Egl my transition

“What the users don’t know how to do, becomes what the product can’t do.”Courtesy Jon Sayles, IBM EGL Presentation

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Closing thoughts

Closing Thoughts

  • Context of Business Application

    • Virtually any UI experience

    • For me, no gaps in EGL language capability

  • EGL Choice… no second thoughts

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