Web-Enable IBM i Applications With New WebFacing Features

HATS is a cost-effective product for modernizing your System z and IBM i applications.

HATS is a cost-effective product for modernizing your System z and IBM i applications.

The IBM WebFacing Tool, now part of IBM Rational* Host Access Transformation Services (HATS), helps IBM i customers quickly Web-enable green-screen applications. The tool converts data description specifications (DDS) and user interface manager (UIM) help panel source members into browser-based GUIs, letting you run your programs on the Web with no changes to your original IBM i applications. For more on the IBM WebFacing Tool’s history and to learn about its packaging and prerequisites, see “Wondering About WebFacing?” ( enewsletterexclusive/26105p1.aspx).

In this article, we’ll focus on some of the newest WebFacing features. We’ll also provide some resources to get you started with the tool and connected with other WebFacing users and the IBM development team.

Table 1 outlines various WebFacing features and their availability under different releases of the IBM WebFacing Tool and IBM i. The four features we want to highlight are dynamic data stream transformation, interoperability with HATS, application bridge and Firefox support.

Hania Abd-El-Razik started her career at IBM in 2005 when she joined the WebFacing team. She's been the WebFacing test lead since 2006, and most recently worked on implementing Firefox support.

Jiayun Zhu is the technical lead for IBM's WebFacing Tool, which she's worked on since 2000.

Lila Aravopoulos is a staff software engineer at the IBM Toronto Lab, where she's currently the lead developer for WebFacing Tooling. She's also a frequent speaker at COMMON conferences and various education engagements. Lila can be reached at

Mike Hockings started working for IBM in the 1980s, initially working on communications chip and board design for various machines including adapters for ANR, 5250 and ISDN protocols and a communications subsystem for the Series/1. After moving to software, Mike has worked on DCE, ISDN, RJE and the WebFacing server on the AS/400 as well as CODE/400 and WebFacing on the PC. Currently, Mike is a developer on the HATS/WebFacing development team.

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