Reader Feedback: Advanced DB2 for i Data Access Techniques with .NET
Published: June 24, 2009
Hi, Mike and Duane:
After reading your exchange in a recent article, it's evident that there are a lot of IBM i shops that are building .NET front-ends that need to access the DB2 data and applications residing on their IBM i server. To paraphrase Duane, he's a very busy guy trying to learn new technologies and push the business forward, yet wants to understand how .NET and DB2 work together before building his new applications.
Duane's question on the best way to access and join IBM i DB2 Physical/Logical files within his .NET applications is a very common problem. Mike, your follow-up answer was very informative and educational. But I think the IBM community can also benefit from learning more about third-party solutions that can provide a level of abstraction that shields developers from the complexity of developing applications in a heterogeneous Microsoft/IBM environment.
We had several customers at LANSA experiencing the same interoperability issues, which led to the development of iFusion.net--a solution that makes Microsoft and IBM interoperability very easy and straightforward. iFusion.net combines IBM and Microsoft technologies to form a unified architecture that allows businesses to fuse their tailor-made line-of-business applications with Microsoft solutions like Office, SharePoint, and Business Intelligence, or applications built on the .NET framework with SQL server. If you're interested in learning more, take a look at www.ifusion.net. Integrating new .NET applications with legacy IBM i data and applications is challenging to say the least and you may find it useful to explore the options available with iFusion.net.
LANSA Product Manager
Advanced DB2 for i Data Access Techniques with .NET
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