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  • Subject: ISPF alternatives
  • From: "Kirkham, Pete (UK)" <pete.kirkham@baesystems.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 16:35:40 +0100
  • Thread-index: AcSacI807euyAwYkEdmzJgAwbgqGRg==
  • Thread-topic: ISPF alternatives

As we are retiring an aging mainframe system at the end of this year, I'm looking for easy ways of getting some ISPF dialog manager front ends for applications off of it and onto Windows or unix web servers with suitable windows clients.

Can anyone recommend an XML based alternative and translations tools for ISPF applications? We have Java 1.4 for mid-thickness clients, and I've had a look at the JDNC XML format, but it isn't quite sophisticated enough for a simple translation. The current system uses dialogs, CLIST scripts to set up a batch of files, and then kicks off some Fortran programs. As BAE uses IE, we can't go to Mozilla XUL for the client.

I doesn't seem that hard to make a parser for the dialogs and scripts and convert them to something, but I'm assuming I'm not the only one who's wanting to do such a thing, and if there is a 'something' that's more complete a replacement than JDNC (with similarly suitable licencing), then that would be welcome.


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