ur last Meeting of Members, held on September 17, drew quite a crowd. It was one of our largest audiences ever, for a September meeting – probably because of our timely topics. The IBM announcements during the month of August followed by the official presentation of the AS/400e series early in September aroused the curiosity of the majority of the AS/400 community. Therefore, with topics like: “The business Sense of Web-enabling your AS/400" and “The Do’s and Don’ts for Connecting your AS/400 to the World Wide Web”, it was not surprising to see the high interest for the meeting.
Our first speaker was Charlie Harter, Managing Director of IMS. This is a company that markets the I/Net products world wide – the first and, so far, the biggest distributor of Internet software for the AS/400. Charlie took some time off from his very busy schedule to share his thoughts on the business sense of Web-enabling your AS/400.
After presenting the basics of doing business on the Internet, Charlie put forward reasons why we should use AS/400 as a server, even thought NT has the biggest market share.
Charlie is a dynamic speaker and was able to overcome the noise coming from the room next door and the noise from the supplementary chairs the hotel people had to put in the back of our room. Now more than ever, everyone understands why it make business sense to do business on the Internet and, above all, why it makes more sense to do it using our beloved AS/400's.
But, to do all that Charlie told us, we have to know how to connect our AS/400 to the Net, and that is what Dan Mair revealed in the second session.
Dan is the “Webmaster” at Orlan, Karigan & Associates and has been through the process more than once. Do these acronyms mean anything to you: TCP/IP, HTTP, SMTP, POP3, FTP, Telnet, CGI scripts, and firewalls? Dan briefly defined them all and went on to lay down a road map to get started properly on the Internet.
Some of the steps we have to go through include:
We also have to learn the basics like TCP/IP, IFS, HTML, CGI and the rest (but in more detail than Dan explained earlier). Along with his regular Power Point presentation (which you can download from the Orlan Karigan Web page at www.okassoc.com under the “Demos & Documents” section). Dan had some “screencam” demos to help us understand some of the points presented.
Even though Dan was presenting publicly for the first time, he acted as a seasoned speaker, pausing once in a while to verify with the audience that they understood, leaving some time for questions during his presentation. At the beginning, the “remote” mouse he had planned to use was not working so he put it aside and used the manual method to go from screen to screen. He had plans to use the Internet connection to get on the Orlan Karigan AS/400 system to present a live demo of a web-enabled green-screen application, but (as often happens in those cases) the connection was not working properly. After a few unsuccessful tries, he did what not too many speakers do in that situation: he presented a “screencam” of the same demo he had prepared earlier in his office. That was a great show saver.
All in all, we had a great evening! I hope to see soon, on the Internet, the results of your efforts with your AS/400.