Summary: Barcelona, Spain and San Antonio, TX, [Thursday, May 30th, 2013] – ASNA has released ASNA Wings® 6.1 and ASNA Mobile RPG™ 6.1. ASNA Wings 6.1 provides a fast, easy, modern alternative to traditional 5250 IBM i character-based displays. ASNA Mobile RPG 6.1 empowers RPG programmers to create mobile applications for smartphones and tablets with ILE RPG.

Barcelona, Spain, and San Antonio, TX, May 30th, 2013. ASNA has released ASNA Wings® 6.1 and ASNA Mobile RPG™ 6.1. ASNA Wings 6.1 provides a fast, easy, modern alternative to traditional 5250 IBM i character-based displays. ASNA Mobile RPG 6.1 empowers RPG programmers to create mobile applications for smartphones and tablets with ILE RPG.

Says ASNA CEO, Carlos Valero, “We are very excited about these latest versions of ASNA Wings and ASNA Mobile RPG. Both enable us to offer solutions to customers who need mobile applications. Beyond its ability to make an RPG program look great on a desktop-based browser, ASNA Wings is also touch-friendly and provides a great portable workstation solution for tablets. ASNA Mobile RPG is the first product of its kind to empower an ILE RPG programmer, using no other language other than ILE RPG, to create superb smartphone and mobile applications. Programmers don’t need to learn CSS, JavaScript, Objective C, or Java with Mobile RPG.”

ASNA Wings 6.1 transforms traditional IBM i 5250 character-based displays into attractive browser-based alternatives. This new interface can be rendered as modernized displays or directly in the built-in Wings 5250 browser-based emulator. The modernized displays can be functionally enhanced with features such as business partner Web services, displaying maps and images, and exporting data to Excel. Wings 6.1 introduces powerful new mobile features. All Wings displays are now touch-sensitive and the emulator has been enhanced to work very well on 7″ and 10″ tablets (including the ability to use function keys). These features allow customers to use tablets as portable workstations anywhere that a wireless network is available.

ASNA Mobile RPG (MR) is a product that enables the creation of smartphone and tablet apps with ILE RPG. Mobile RPG provides a powerful drag-and-drop mobile UI designer. RPG programmers use this designer to create mobile UIs. A broad complement of user interface “widgets” (including map, image, list, and graph) are provided. Once the mobile UI is created, that “mobile display file” is exported to the IBM i as a traditional display file. An RPG programmer then writes an ILE RPG program, using the exported display file to establish the RPG-display file data contract. The RPG program object is compiled against this display file. At runtime, ASNA Mobile RPG through IBM’s Open Access API, the RPG program’s display file is intercepted and redirected to the mobile display file. An MR app is able to exploit native facilities on the smartphone such as its phone, its camera, the geo location, text messaging, and email.

Continues Valero, “We are very happy with the great work that IBM has done with its Open Access for RPG API. Both ASNA Wings and ASNA Mobile RPG use that API and these products prove that powerful, feature-rich applications can still be created for the IBM i.”

Both ASNA Wings 6.1 and ASNA Mobile RPG 6.1 are shipping now.


About ASNA

In its fourth decade as a market leader and innovator for IBM midrange systems, ASNA provides comprehensive and flexible solutions for modernizing IBM i applications to the Microsoft .NET platform.

ASNA enables companies to integrate and extend their RPG green screen solutions to .NET, the Web and Mobile, while preserving investments in IT and human resources. Our solutions are distributed worldwide and used by more than a million end users.

ASNA holds a Microsoft Gold competency in Application Development, is a Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner, an Advanced Tier Member of IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers and a Gold level partner of Microsoft's Platform Modernization Alliance.

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