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e-RPG: Building AS/400 Web Applications with RPG [Paperback]

Bradley V. Stone
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February 1, 2000
With the help of e-RPG: Building AS/400 Web Applications with RPG--a revolutionary new book from Midrange Computing--you can develop fully functional e-business solutions using nothing more than your existing knowledge of RPG and the Web facilities already included in OS/400. There's no need to learn Java, Visual Basic, Perl, or even Visual RPG! Step-by-step, author Bradley V. Stone shows you how to: Build Web applications using RPG, create Web pages in HTML, enhance the interactivity of your web pages with JavaScript (not to be confused with the Java programming language), set up your AS/400 as an HTTP server, use RPG to write Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programs, write an RPG program to output dynamic HTML to a browser, create Web-based reports from AS/400 data, read input entered on a web page into your RPG program, use ILE to enhance the functionality and maintainability of your web programs, debug an e-RPG program, use dynamic OPNQRYF sorts and selections for your web page, build a full-function e-commerce application in RPG, and more! e-RPG: Building AS/400 Web Applications with RPG comes with a CD-ROM that contains full source code for examples given in the book, including binder language source for service programs; /COPY prototype source; DDS for physical files, logical files, and external data structures; HTML source; HTML images; module source; and complete RPG source for all e-RPG programs.

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About the Author

Bradley V. Stone has been programming since the age of eight, when a TRS-80 Color Computer showed up at his house one Christmas. He has been programming on the AS/400 since 1993 and has created many Web-based applications using the AS/400 and RPG.

Product details

  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Mc Press; Pap/Cdr edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583470085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583470084
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E-RPG is right on target March 16, 2000
This book is perfect for any AS/400 programmer who would like to extend his knowledge to include writing CGI programs for the world wide web. Bradley starts by explaining what is really happening when you click a URL, and what happens when you answer web page prompts and press submit. Then it goes on to demonstrate how to program these events in RPG using modern techniques, including ILE concepts.
The book includes a perfect amount of instruction, but for those of use who like to get our hands dirty by "trying now and reading later", the examples are excellent. A CD is included with all of the source needed to use the examples.
One of the examples is a complete "Shopping Cart" application!
Thanks for an excellent job, Bradley!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for first book on the subject January 6, 2006
You have to give the author credit for being the first person to publish an accessible book on bringing the iSeries RPG to the web. It succeeds in bringing together the diverse threads required (HTTP Servers, RPG, CL, SQL, HTML, Javascript, iSeries Security etc) to build RPG-based web pages. However this book is not without its faults.

The overview of HTML, and Javascript is good, but there are dozens of better sources on the web. The entire discussion of the HTTP server is out of date and dangerously misleading if you are unclear on the recent developments of iSeries HTTP servers. This is not the author's fault, but the chapter should be re-written or removed. In the accompanying code, the author uses his own wrappers over IBM API's which are similar to industry standard CGIDEV2, but not compatible. His method also encourages the deprecated practice of embedding static HTML into RPG code. Also the author's shameless self-promotion is an embarrassment to the industry (you don't have to look far for examples)

Before buying the book again, I would do a better web search because most of the material covered in this book is available elsewhere and often in better depth, unfortunately scattered on different web sites. However if you feel you must own a glossy covered book on iSeries RPG web development there are not many other choices.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover on the plane back from COMMON. April 3, 2000
I bought the book at COMMON in San Diego, and read it from cover to cover on the plane back to Nashville.
This is a great book, not only for those of us who are interested in conducting e-business with RPG, but also for those new to API programming. Brad gives some great examples of how to use API's. Brad also includes excellent code examples showing how to write sub-procedures, a boon to the novice RPG programmer.
So if you are an old hand at RPG and need an e-commerce solution, or an RPG newbie looking for those hard to come by concept examples, look no further than e-RPG.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars e-RPG a Must Have for RPG Programmers May 3, 2001
Bradley Stone's book, "e-RPG", is a must read for any AS/400 (iSeries) RPG developer wanting to make the leap to web development.
Having a background in RPG III green screen programming, I was able to use this excellent resource to configure my AS/400's HTTP server for CGI programming, gain an understanding of RPG IV ILE concepts, use system APIs in my RPG programs, and begin coding RPG CGI web enabled applications.
Brad provides numerous examples, with source code, of procedures that are needed for web development. Following his examples has led me to a basic understanding of HTML and JavaScript that I've been able to build on considerably.
I was immediately able to code a simple "Hello World" web application with RPG, and 3 weeks later I had a more complex functional application that blew my bosses' socks off.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did the author write all these positive reviews? December 7, 2002
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I had great hope for what what I could learn from this book. But it's mostly on and on about little useful how to stuff. At COMMON recently I strolled past the (new publisher cause they said the original went Bankrupt) publisher's booth and they were joking about writing online reviews and testimonials! They must not have known I was there. I looked over his new book hoping it would address the important stuff but it's wasn't much better and it's too expensive to make this mistake again.
If it's the boss's money what the heck. If it's your money then keep looking!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better July 7, 2000
I have mixed reviews about this book. I had alot of good information, but still left me with many unanswered questions. The main problem with this book is that he only shows you one way to do things. There's more than one way to display a web page, but he only shows you the dynamic approach. Which is fine, if you have small web pages to load. What if you want to store your pages externally and you want to use Front Page to create your pages. There is no mention or consideration for this. He never mentions the fact that you can redirect the browser to an external page and not have to build it in the RPG pgm. Also he only shows you the Javascript approach for a shopping cart and cookies. Well, what if you want to use RPG for this instead. He doesn't even mention the fact of using the "HTTP_COOKIE" environment variable for cookies. Also, There was not enough elaboration regarding server configuration. It's a good starter book, but you will quickly outgrow it as I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Well written and easy to follow. Covers the subject in enough detail that one can easily follow along. This book delivers!
Published on December 16, 2012 by Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book on the subject
Way back when Brad was writing this book he asked me to help him with the code examples that are included. This book covers doing things with RPG IBM said couldn't be done. Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by R. Knechtel
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you think...
This book is not as good as these reviews make it out to be. I have read it front to back and it is mostly tips and helpful hints that most gurus already know about AS/400 Web... Read more
Published on June 21, 2007 by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have for long time RPG programmers
I have 2 words for you YEA ! and THANKS !. You have renewed my faith in the AS/400. I have been a RPG programmer since 1985. Read more
Published on October 23, 2002 by Todd Nashville
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Books - E-RPG and E-RPGv2.
If you are a CGI programmer or just want to learn about it, then these books are just the ticket. Easy to understand and source code is included. Read more
Published on October 21, 2002 by Greg M
5.0 out of 5 stars e-RPG the easy way.
This book is an absolute must for any programmer who uses RPG and wants to start putting applications on the web. Read more
Published on June 4, 2002 by Andre M. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Best web application book for ISERIES(AS/400) system
This is a great book for any Iseries(AS/400) shop thinking of doing web application... Thanks Brad for parting your knowledge in such simple and prcatical terms. Read more
Published on March 19, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars RPG to the Web (e-RPG)
Bradley's book has served as a total guide for our company's web site. While I still have a lot to learn, Bradley's book still serves as a constant reference. Read more
Published on February 28, 2002 by Mike Gimblet
5.0 out of 5 stars RPG to the Web (e-RPG)
Brad's book has been instrumental in the development of our company's web site. It has and continues to serve as an excellent source of information. Read more
Published on February 27, 2002 by Mike Gimblet
5.0 out of 5 stars e-RPG Building AS/400 Web Appliations with RPG
The book simply is a must for any AS/400 WEB Server Administrator. I used the book a year ago in Oct2000
to set up our first WEB server. Read more
Published on September 25, 2001 by Glen Moss
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