FORT WORTH, TX. CNX announced at the Spring RPG/DB2 Summit today the release of version 3.1 of the Valence Web Application Framework for IBM i. Valence 3.1 includes numerous browser component enhancements plus an exclusive new set of tools to help IBM i developers create desktop and mobile web apps with little or no programming. “The big news with this release is the Valence Nitro App Builder, which brings to Valence a whole new array of features supporting rapid web application development on IBM i,” said Richard Milone, CNX Chief Technical Officer. “This is not some sort of web designer imported from another platform and shoe-horned into working on IBM i. This was designed from scratch explicitly for IBM i and it performs incredibly fast.”
The Valence Nitro App Builder facilitates the rapid creation of browser-based dashboards and queries from IBM i data. Multiple types of charts, graphs and tables can be created as web apps in minutes without the need to write a single line of code, though programmers are free to add their own customizations to the apps once they’re built. The Valence Nitro App Builder is just one part of the Valence 3.1 framework, a set of tools for developing state-of-the-art web and mobile apps on IBM i. Designed explicitly for RPG programmers, Valence includes Sencha Ext JS and Sencha Touch components for the front-end user interface, which communicate directly with RPG programs on the back-end IBM i server.
They can play with the framework in this mode for as long as they like at no cost. Once they’ve deployed some apps to their users and feel comfortable with the framework, upgrading to a modestly priced Professional or Enterprise-level license may make sense to ensure they have the best tools and support available for their web development going forward.” As with prior releases, the Valence 3.1 framework includes a web portal for securely logging on to the IBM i, as well as an intuitive navigation tree from which users can launch the browser applications to which they are authorized. When mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads are being used, the Valence Portal automatically switches the interface to a native Touch-friendly format. Valence 3.1 is the eighth major release of the Valence Framework since it was launched in May 2008.
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