April 27, 1999
Rapidly Create e-business Applications with IBM DB2 Forms for VM and VSE
At a Glance
DB2 Forms 1.0 global connections using multiple platforms and technologies
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DB2® Forms Version 1.0:
DB2 Forms 1.0 applications can be created by developers, governed by administrators, and run by end users on Windows platforms, including:
Open Group's Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA®) Compliance
DB2 Forms 1.0 is fully compliant with the Open Group's DRDA specifications. Global connectivity is possible between DB2 Forms applications and multiple DB2 database platforms via network topologies of choice, including:
Centralized management and "Web-ready" server-based licensing yield advantages in:
DRDA support allows access also to multivendor databases (IMS, VSAM, Oracle, and Microsoft Server, and more) via the multidatabase gateway DB2 DataJoiner®.
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
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 VM, VSE, and DB2 UDB workstation databases, and those supporting either SNA or TCP/IP connectivity. Customers wishing to access DB2 on OS/390® should license DB2 Forms for OS/390, refer to Software Announcement 299-056 , dated March 2, 1999.
The key advantages of DB2 Forms over and above other approaches to DB2 database application development include:
Current DBEdit customers will want DB2 Forms 1.0 for:
DB2 Forms can support DBEdit customers as they grow in the twenty-first century, including to multiple DB2 database platforms.
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 following 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 VM and VSE is 32-bit and runs on:
Access to DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) Personal Edition is not supported.
DB2 Forms will connect to DB2 for VM, Version 6 via native TCP/IP or SNA, and to DB2 for VSE, Version 6 via SNA. DB2 Forms will connect to earlier versions of DB2 for VM or VSE via SNA.
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 Version 4.1 for Windows 95 IBM Personal Communications 32-bit AS/400 and 3270 Version 4.1 for Windows NT IBM eNetwork(TM) 32-bit 32-bit Personal Communications Version 4.21 for Windows 95 and Windows NT Microsoft(TM) SNA Server 2.11 32-bit or 3.0 Windows 95 Client Microsoft SNA Server 2.11 32-bit or 3.0 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 VM or VSE 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.
Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:
Orders for new licenses can be placed now. Shipment will begin on April 30, 1999.
Basic License: To order a license, specify the program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the feature numbers below that correspond to the group that contains the designated machine.
MOSP Basic Basic MLC MLC Group Feature Feature Number Number Number 18 1002 1034 20 1003 1035 25 1004 1036 28 1005 1037 29 1006 1038 30 1007 1039 31 1008 1040 32 1009 1041 35 1010 1042 38 1011 1043 40 1012 1044 50 1013 1045 60 1014 1046 70 1015 1047 80 1016 1048
Note: The group can be determined by referring to Exhibit for System/390® Machines (Z125-3901).
Entry Support License (ESL): To order an ESL license, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the applicable ESL one-time charge OTC feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.
Program ESL OTC Program Feature Description Number Number DB2 Forms for VM 1064 5697-F16 and VSE
ESL machines can be determined by referring to the IBM Entry End User/390 Attachment (Z125-4379).
Version-to-Version Upgrade Credit: To upgrade from a prior program acquired for an 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 VM 5809 CD-ROM and VSE
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 and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
DSLO License: To order a DSLO license, specify the program number, feature number 9901 for asset registration, and the feature number below for graduated MLC or OTC (China only) that corresponds to the group containing the designated machine.
MOSP Basic Basic MLC MLC Group Feature Feature Number Number Number 18 1019 1049 20 1020 1050 25 1021 1051 28 1022 1052 29 1023 1053 30 1024 1054 31 1025 1055 32 1026 1056 35 1027 1057 38 1028 1058 40 1029 1059 50 1030 1060 60 1031 1061 70 1032 1062 80 1033 1063
Ordering a DSLO feature will result in IBM maintaining a record of this customer location as a DSLO user only. All material for the DSLO license will be provided through the basic license location. If a user selects DSLO, no other feature numbers are valid for this order and no program materials or updates will be shipped.
Additional product information, including technical updates between releases, can be found at the DB2 Forms Resource Center by first accessing:
IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:
Terms and Conditions
Replaced Program Program Program Name Number Name DB2 Forms 5697-F12 To a follow-on for VM if any and VSE
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