May 27, 2005
My Recent Past...

Charles Arthur points out The Worst Web Application Ever. It looks exactly like a screen scraped 5250 iSeries green-screen application to me. Anyone want to try PWRDWNSYS *IMMED?

(It could be a 3270 mainframe system though, I suppose.)

My first break away from pure green-screen code grinding came with a Java applet based screen scraping conversion using Jacada. We made a much better job of it than these guys did, though, I must say. Not only did ours look a lot better, but we plugged in a lot of new functionality; prompting, documents attached to major business entities, data import and export, and we even managed to give the user multiple sessions in the same window, allowing then to with between up to sixteen windows each.

Update: Phil tells me that this is a 3270 mainframe system, and it's converted using ResQNet.

Posted to iSeries by Simon Brunning at May 27, 2005 02:09 PM

They probably had a requirement not to add menus, & to look as much like the original as possible, i.e. same tab-order, function key support & kbd-only operations, etc...

Posted by: Gwyn Evans on May 27, 2005 02:21 PM

Is it a requirement then that every green screen mainframe system is completely incomprehensible? Cos whether or not 'translated' onto the web, they all seem to be like that - utterly unusuable except by a guy named Doug who's worked on it for 25 years and is scared sh*tless by the idea of having to use a different system. He makes himself indispensible by hiding all the user guides and demonstrating the system to newbies so quickly that they will have to come back again and again and again to ask simple questions, thus becoming convinced that he is the font of all wisdom.

Posted by: Katherine on May 27, 2005 04:22 PM

They aren't as incomprehensible as Mark's applications. ;-)

Posted by: Simon Brunning on May 27, 2005 04:24 PM

Jacada disclaim any responsibility, though it does indeed look a lot like something produced via their quick-&-dirty "JITGUI" feature...

Posted by: Tracey on June 2, 2005 08:37 AM
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