CoralTree Gives Away Renaissance App Dev Framework for System i
February 26, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Here’s something that came to us from a poster in our IT Jungle Forums. CoralTree Systems, a System i5 application modernization specialist based in Fareham (a burg in Hampshire, England), has taken an RPG-Web application framework that it developed and released it as a freebie tool to the i5/OS and OS/400 community.
Some of the components of the Renaissance framework are heavily based on the CGIDEV2 toolset, which was developed and supported by some intrepid IBMers (Mel Rothman and Giovanni Perotti, to be specific) to give ILE RPG some Web extensions. The basic idea behind CGIDEV2 and Renaissance is to mask the complexity of the Apache APIs and to allow Web pages to be composed on the fly based on HTML snippets stored on an i5/OS or OS/400 server.
Neither CGIDEV2 nor Renaissance are open source products by the way, but they are freely distributed. CoralTree is providing a Renaissance forum for programmers who want to support each other with some assistance from CoralTree, and it is also offering for-fee support services for those who want more traditional handholding.