March 2, 1999
Rapidly Create e-business Applications with DB2 Forms for OS/390
At a Glance
DB2 Forms 1.0 global connections using multiple platforms and technologies that:
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DB2® Forms Version 1.0 is a first-generation application development tool that enables friction-free distribution of high-performance solutions on the open architecture of DB2.
Using any DB2 host or workstation server, DB2 Forms 1.0 applications can be created by developers, governed by administrators, and run by end users on any Windows platform, including:
DB2 Forms 1.0 is easy to set up and requires no database gateways, middleware, or ODBC drivers. Users can also build advanced database techniques and commands with little or no programming or SQL knowledge.
Open Group's Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA®) Compliance
Connect, using your network topology, between:
Centralized management and "Web-ready" server-based licensing yield advantages in:
Distribute finished applications freely like a browser to in-house or remote users. DRDA support also allows inclusion of multivendor databases (including IMS, VSAM, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server) via the multidatabase gateway DB2 DataJoiner®.
DB2 Forms binds users and their applications to OS/390® DB2 databases (DB2 databases on OS/390).
Building upon the success of IBM's DBEdit enterprise application development tool, DB2 Forms dramatically extends DBEdit's capabilities beyond legacy user environments to Windows desktops and remote users.
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Planned Availability Date
DB2 Forms Advantages
Delivered in Three Modules
DB2 Forms Developer: Is a rapid development environment for creating custom forms for distribution to end users. In a drag-and-drop interface, developers quickly add command buttons, labels, text boxes, and controls for containing data and "drop down" lists. Behaviors, data sources, and data validation rules are assigned to controls from easy-to-use dialogs that require no programming. Applications can be available to specific groups or to all users.
DB2 Forms User: Provides users with access to finished DB2 Forms applications, which are stored centrally at the database server. End users select and launch applications from the catalog. Each application presents specific data associated with it at development time, and enforces data browsing, data entry, and data update rules embedded within it. Typical applications include table editing, inventory or product catalog access, order entry, customer invoice retrieval, or query-by-example front ends. Access is available to local or remote locations, including users connecting from any location via the Internet to TCP/IP-supported DB2 databases.
DB2 Forms Console: Sets up DB2 servers to serve DB2 Forms applications to users. This includes defining servers and installing DB2 Forms packages at the servers. DB2 Forms Console supports and relies upon your existing DB2 security.
Advanced Database Protection and Performance Features: DB2 Forms provides advanced database application capabilities traditionally found only in closed host-based systems. Execution of DB2-specific SQL, direct attachment to the DB2 catalog of tables and columns, and centralized administration all combine to maximize availability and control simultaneously.
Drag-and-Drop for Rapid Application Development: Developers can quickly construct new applications, often in just minutes. Applications can be centrally stored for user access at the database server, and periodically updated and improved at will. DB2 Forms enables the DB2 database server to become the DB2 Forms application server with minimal overhead.
DB2 Forms users can run unlimited numbers of new applications:
The enterprise can get up and running at maximum velocity and to fully realize the benefits of ongoing iterative development. Instead of error-prone "monolithic" application planning, coding, installation, and client configuration projects with long turnaround times, developers can focus their resources on user-driven enhancements that are instantaneously distributed in much smaller, more rapid cycles of development and user feedback. In this key way, DB2 Forms strategically enhances the business effectiveness of application development teams, and brings an important new dimension to the centralized sharing capabilities of relational database servers.
Without any programming knowledge, developers can drag-and-drop to create forms containing a variety of controls able to perform commonly required tasks, such as:
This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.
DB2 Forms 1.0 allows DB2 customers to quickly produce end-user "front ends" to DB2. The front ends may be for local remote, in-house, or business-to-business uses. Native support for any DRDA application server makes DB2 Forms 1.0 ideal for virtually any DB2 database environment, including S/390® and DB2 UDB workstation databases, and those supporting either SNA or TCP/IP connectivity.
DB2 Forms' key advantages over and above other approaches to DB2 database application development include:
Current DBEdit customers will want DB2 Forms 1.0 for:
Hardware and Software Support Services
SmoothStart and Installation Services are not provided.
DB2 Forms on-site developer and administrator education are provided for a fee by the following IBM Business Partner:
Rocket Software, Inc.
One Innovation Drive
Natick, MA 01760
DB2® Forms implements the follow key industry standards
Specified Operating Environment
Workstation hardware must be able to run the Windows software, as described in the Software Requirements section.
DB2 Forms for OS/390 is 32-bit and runs on:
Access to DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) Personal Edition is not supported.
DB2 Forms may connect to DB2 for OS/390 Version 5 (or later) via native TCP/IP, or to the SNA environments of that or other DB2 versions.
For TCP/IP connectivity, DB2 Forms must be able to establish a TCP connection from the Windows workstation to the remote host and remote port (the port on which DB2 is listening). This can be established with many 32-bit WinSock products, including those provided with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT.
For SNA connectivity, DB2 Forms requires an SNA/CPI-C product on each Windows workstation. These products are the interface between DB2 Forms and the APPC verb set used by the SNA environment to manage server/requester relationships.
The following table indicates the configurations that DB2 Forms has been tested with and supports. The columns under Windows 9x and Windows NT indicate whether or not DB2 Forms works with the listed SNA product on that platform.
Windows Windows SNA Product 9x NT IBM Personal Communications 32-bit AS/400(R) and 3270 4.1 for Windows 95 IBM Personal Communications 32-bit AS/400 and 3270 4.1 for Windows NT eNetwork(TM) Personal 32-bit 32-bit Communications Version 4.21 for Windows 95 and Windows NT Microsoft(TM) SNA Server 2.11 or 3.0 32-bit Windows 95 Client Microsoft SNA Server 2.11 or 3.0 32-bit Windows NT Client Novell NetWare for SAA 2.2 32-bit 32-bit Wall Data Rumba 95/NT 5.0 32-bit 32-bit
Security, Auditability, and Control
The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the OS/390 operating system and the supported database servers.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
Orders for new licenses can be placed now.
Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.
When ordering, specify DB2 Forms for OS/390:
Type Model 5697 F09
Entry Support License (ESL): To order an ESL license, specify DB2 Forms for OS/390 (5697-F09), feature number 9001 for asset registration, and ESL OTC feature number 1012. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.
ESL machines can be determined by referring to the IBM Entry End User/390 Attachment (Z125-4379).
Parallel Sysplex® License Charge (PSLC) Basic License: To order a basic license, specify the program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the PSLC Base feature. If applicable, specify the PSLC Level A and PSLC Level B, and PSLC Level C features and quantity.
If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable PSLC feature numbers and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the PSLC No-Charge (NC) Identifier feature on the licenses.
Also, specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.
PSLC PSLC Basic License Machine Feature MLC* Feature MSU Capacity Number Description 1 1000 PSLC Base, 1 MSU 2 1001 PSLC Base, 2 MSUs 3 1002 PSLC Base, 3 MSUs 4 to 45 1003 PSLC Level A, 1 MSU 1004 PSLC Level A, 42 MSUs 46 to 175 1005 PSLC Level B, 1 MSU 1006 PSLC Level B, 10 MSUs 1007 PSLC Level B, 50 MSUs 176 or more 1008 PSLC Level C, 1 MSU 1009 PSLC Level C, 10 MSUs 1010 PSLC Level C, 50 MSUs NA 1011 PSLC NC Identifier
Version-to-Version Upgrade Credit: To upgrade from a prior program acquired for a one-time charge (OTC) to a replacement program using a version-to-version upgrade credit, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the applicable prior program and replacement program participating in the upgrade credit.
Feature Distribution Environment Number Medium DB2 Forms for OS/390 5809 CD-ROM
If expedited shipment is desired specify feature number 3446.
Feature Description Number Local IBM Office Expedite 3445 (for IBM use only) Customer Expedite Process Charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery Solutions (SDS) receives the order. SDS will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
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Terms and Conditions
The charges provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
Description OTC* DB2 Forms for OS/390 $540
MSU Basic Description Capacity MLC PSLC Base, 1 MSU 1 $ 300 PSLC Base, 2 MSUs 2 575 PSLC Base, 3 MSUs 3 905 PSLC Level A, 1 MSU 4 to 45 41 PSLC Level A, 42 MSUs 1,722 PSLC Level B, 1 MSU 46 to 175 17 PSLC Level B, 10 MSUs 170 PSLC Level B, 50 MSUs 850 PSLC Level C, 1 MSU 176 or more 13 PSLC Level C, 10 MSUs 130 PSLC Level C, 50 MSUs 650
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.