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AS400 - Anything similar to CICS FEPI

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Is there something similar to CICS FEPI (Front end Programming Interface) in the AS400 environment.  I have a need to use existing 5250 screens to retrieve and update information.

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by:theo kouwenhoven
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Hello amitbagchi,

I don't know anything of CICS, but if you have to work with screen layout, try the STRSDA command.
With this tool you are able to develope DDS files (Data Description Secification).

Can you explain more detailed what you want to do.
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by:nigel_pettit
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SEU is accessed from green screens. this is used for creating source files(programs) which need compiling before you call the object.
DFU is available as a file HACK, where you can update data.
DFU can be combined with SDA to provide protected fields if DFU is required frequently.
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by:nigel_pettit
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The commands for SEU & DFU are:
SEU
first you need a source file for keeping your sources in.
CRTSRCPF libname/filename
either strseu and save to sourcePF created or do it by wrkmbrpdm (other ways also available aswell) read the screen for funtion keys that you need eg f6 = create new member.
for DFU either use STRDFU opt 3 i think and insert file name of PF or LF to display the data of the file in EDIT mode, any changes will overwrite the file so be carefull, this is NOT Good practice but everyone does it from time to time.
(or upddta prompt and insert file name and library)
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by:theo kouwenhoven
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nigel_pettit

If you need the points that urgent, please feel free to explain my purposal to amitbagchi
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by:nigel_pettit
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Murphy

Just trying to help Not doing it for points. No issue with your advice I love SDA

Nigel
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by:amitbagchi
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Hi,I am extremely sorry I wrote the question in a wrong wrong way.
 My question is can we use something like CICS FEPI (on Mianframe) for Screen Scraping on AS400.
 Sorry again for the wrong question n thanx in advance for the replies coming.
Regds
Amit Bagchi
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by:theo kouwenhoven
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Screen scraping ????

You mean like cut and paste or something
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by:mornao
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Sceen scraping is the term used for repeated mapping of terminal screen layouts into another format, normally onto another platform, without requiring any code on the source machine to change.  One good(ish) product used in the past is Jacada (used it at JBA(RIP)), but like ZoneAlarm requires training, and if your screens are not of a standard construct or layout, will take forever. It generates VB/C++ which translates and emulates the AS400 GOB data into a GUI Windows system, but you do need the DDS source. What was developed was slick, seamless, as if the PC was the AS400. It only broke down when Jacada was not trained for that screen.  

What is the source/target platform: is the AS400 the source, and the mainframe the target, or like CICS FEPI on the Mainframe, you want a screen scraper development system for AS400 to PC?  Jacada has been used AS400(traditional GOB 5250)/PC.
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by:amitbagchi
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Thanx everybody for their replies.
Mornao My Company decided against investing in any other software like Jacada. So I have to do away with the concept of Screen Scraping it seems.
If there is anything available which is free , it would be very resourceful for its a gr8 learning aspect.
Thanx everybody
Amit Bagchi
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