Wings 6.0 ships in December. This version introduces support for Visual Studio 2012 (also somewhat confusingly known as Visual Studio version 11) and one of the notable things that it features is a substantially enhanced version of ASNA’s 5250 browser-based emulator, ASNA Term. The latest version of ASNA Term provides many enhancements to make the emulator more tablet-friendly.
ASNA recently announced ASNA Mobile RPG (MR). MR is ASNA’s new product and aims to dramatically lower the learning curve for creating mobile applications for use with smartphones and tablets. After creating a mobile UI with MR’s mobile UI designer, that UI is compiled on the IBM i as a display file. An RPG programmer then writes a traditional RPG program against that display file. For compile time purposes, the RPG program uses that traditional display file; but at runtime the RPG program uses the MR-created mobile UI.
Steve Will, Chief Architect for IBM i, showed a couple of charts during a recent presentation to the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC)–one of which showed that IBM plans support for the IBM i at least through 2025. These charts caused some buzz on Twitter so Steve took to his blog to clarify things a little. His blog post doesn’t really present anything too shocking, but it does provide some very positive reinforcement of the long-term future of the IBM i. For example, he mentions, “our IBM i development team is working on two major releases after 7.1 already.”
There is a contingent of programmers who think that JavaScript just isn’t good enough. Most of the members of this group are fans of statically-typed languages like C# or ASNA Visual—languages where the compiler is always the first round of unit testing. In these languages, the compiler imposes strict compile-time checking that keeps your code from assigning a date data type to an integer. Many of these coders react negatively to JavaScript’s loosely typed variables, its lack of a formal class concept, and its dynamic nature (you can easily add methods and properties at runtime!). JavaScript doesn’t care if you assign a date data type to an integer. If you do, that’s on you!
ASNA Visual RPG (AVR) Classic 5.0 will be introduced this December. AVR 5.0 is the follow-on to AVR 4.x. It is specifically targeted to provide support for COM-based AVR for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Do note that AVR 5.0 will not support Windows XP for either development or deployment.
Visual Studio 2012 is available now and Windows 8 will be on October 26th (Windows 8 is available now to MSDN subscribers). Do note that Visual Studio 2012 only works with Windows 7 and 8, Visual Studio 2012 is not supported on Windows XP. If you still must juggle Windows XP and Windows 7 dependencies, don’t forget that Windows 7 offers superb (and free) Windows XP virtual machine support.