Making a Valence Portal app tab "sticky"

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As you create and deploy more Valence apps within your organization, logging in to the Valence Portal becomes more of a daily routine for your IBM i users. In such cases, setting up a global auto-start tab (as done in Portal Admin > Settings > Session Options > Application to autostart) can be a handy way to convey daily news, bulletins and announcements to the office staff. This tip shows how to make that launched tab "stick" so that it's always open. You could also apply this concept to any other apps that are launched in the Valence Portal.

Valence 4.2 - Letting the Cat out of the Bag


cat out of the bag!How time flies!  We're well into September now, which means we're just over a month away from the next major release of Valence, version 4.2. While there are a number of goodies being incorporated into this newest release, the biggest items for Valence 4.2 are:

  • PHP support
  • JSON-based web service functionality
  • A new solution for running 5250 programs in the Valence Portal

Here's a quick breakdown of the details behind these features...

Valence Portal now Available in Polish


GDANSK, POLAND.  CNX announced at the COMMON Europe Congress today the general availability of a Polish language version of the Valence Portal for IBM i.  Released as an update to Valence Framework 4.1, the addition of Polish brings the total number of spoken languages available in the Valence Portal to nine, including English. The other included languages are German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Japanese. 

Using your own PC as a test machine for Valence apps

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Ever wished you could save and test your front-end development work locally, on your own PC or laptop, then push it to your IBM i only when it's ready for user testing or production? Turns out this is indeed something you can do! Using this process, the changes you make during development are completely local to your PC, thereby not affecting any deployed Valence app in the interim.

Building a Bridge Between Your 5250 Programs and Valence Apps

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Old UI habits die hard!  You may have developed some of the most beautifully functional and user-friendly Valence apps for your company, but the green screen legacy can still be hard to overcome. So long as your company's operations require at least some 5250 programs to be used -- as is typical for IBM i sites that have been around for a while -- then persuading users to flip from Client Access over to their web browser to do, say, a quick inventory or order look-up in Valence may pose a challenge.

When One App Talks to Another, Good Things Happen!

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As your repository of Valence apps grows, you may soon find occasion where you'd like to “spawn” one app from another in the Valence Portal. For example, you may have a simple inventory lookup app that you could launch whenever someone clicks on a line on a customer order, passing in the corresponding product number so the user doesn’t have to re-enter it manually. That same inventory lookup app could also be launched when clicking on an item in, say, a purchase order app. And so on. This kind of functionality inter-app functionality can serve as a great convenience your users.

CNX Announces Release of Valence Framework 4.1

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Features native portal app for iOS devices and updated user interface components CHICAGO, IL. CNX announced today the general availability of version 4.1 of the Valence Framework for IBM i. Valence 4.1 introduces new options for developing and running IBM i applications on iOS devices (iPad/iPhone), as well as support for a new set of front-end components for regular desktop apps. Back-end support for IBM i OS 7.2 is also included with this release.

"You Sure You Want to Exit that App Without Saving?"


Imagine this scenario:  You've developed and deployed a beautiful Valence-based customer order entry app to replace your company's former green screen program.  Your customer service users can now easily launch the app to initiate new orders, quickly fill out the mandatory header fields and enter item details for the order.  All is well! But then one day, while in the middle of entering an exceptionally large order, one of your users gets distracted and inadvertently closes the order entry app before hitting Save.  Poof!  All their data entry work is gone and they have to start over.  

Send Smartphone Images to IBM i with Valence? Not a Problem!


Just about every employee has access to a smartphone or wifi-enabled tablet with a built-in camera these days.  The ubiquity of these image-taking devices -- coupled with HTML5 methods that allow access to the photos -- presents a unique opportunity for IBM i developers to create apps that can pull in images and store them on the IFS.  So whether you're looking to incorporate a photo of a shipment to show proof of packing, store a picture of a damaged item for an insurance claim/RMA, or simply add an employee image to your personnel master, Valence Framework makes it possible.

Adding your own Custom Settings to Valence

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As you develop and deploy new web or mobile apps for your Valence users on IBM i, inevitably you will run into situations where you're tempted to hard-code global values into your program to control the behavior of your app.  For instance, perhaps you have a situation where you want to default a date field value out by 10 days, so you place code in your program to take the current date and add 10, knowing that someday some user will inevitably be asking you to change the default to 14 or 7...

Customizing the Look and Feel of the Valence Portal


Note to Valence 5.* developers: Please reference the Valence 5 User Guide for more recent information on customizing your Valence 5 portal instance. Out of the box, the web portal included with Valence Framework 4.0 provides a great foundation for building up your repository of IBM i-based web and mobile apps.  But many developers quickly find they want to take things a step further and give the portal a look and feel that is more reflective of their corporate identity.

Automating the Valence Profile Creation Process

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It goes without saying that most established IBM i sites have lots of active users.  For companies in the process of moving their green screen users into the Valence Portal, setting up appropriately configured Valence profiles for each IBM i user can be an added burden to implementation.  Fortunately, with Valence 4.0 it's no longer necessary to pre-configure a Valence profile for every user logging in to the Valence Portal.

A First Look at Nitro AutoCode

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We're happy to report that the latest build of Valence Framework 4.0 includes a fully functional Beta version of the much-anticipated Nitro AutoCode app.  This latest addition to the Nitro family allows developers to quickly generate Valence apps using a wizard-like interface.  You can literally produce a completely functional app -- including both the RPG and the user interface -- from scratch in less than a minute!  You can then call up the resulting app in Sencha Architect to quickly make additional adjustments to the user interface.  

CNX Releases Nitro AutoCode for Valence Framework 4.0

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New tool allows IBM i developers to create inquiry and file maintenance apps in seconds

May 6, 2014 ORLANDO, FL. CNX announced today at the COMMON User Group Annual Meeting and Exposition the Beta release of Nitro AutoCode, a web application generation tool included now as part of Valence Framework 4.0 for IBM i. This new tool allows developers to create high-quality inquiry and file maintenance apps on IBM i in a matter of seconds using a simple wizard-like interface.

Who knew you could do that with Nitro File Editor?!

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Valence Enterprise users, and developers using Enterprise features on a trial basis, often remark to us at IBM i trade shows how much value they find in Nitro File Editor.  Indeed, when developing new apps, being able to quickly review the data your RPG programs are writing to physical files can be instrumental to your productivity.  The File Editor app was thus included with Valence so developers and power users alike can quickly call up the data in any IBM i physical or logical file in the browser and peruse or edit its contents.