LANSA Adds WML Support to 4GL

Jim Martin

Moving forward to support wireless access to AS/400 applications, LANSA Inc. (Oak Brook, Ill.) has announced that its Fourth Generation Language (4GL) now generates Wireless Markup Language (WML).

An emerging standard for wireless access to Web information, WML allows cell phone and handset users to access information from an AS/400. WML has garnered much attention in the last few months and is supported by major handset manufacturers such as Nokia, Ericsson, Microsoft, IBM and 3Com, manufacturers of Palm VII.

“Wireless devices such as Palm VII and cell phones will soon be more numerous than cars and PCs,” says Bill Benjamin, VP of business development at LANSA. “There are many mobile workers who simply can’t get to a phone line and a PC to do business on the Web. LANSA’s generation of WML will allow AS/400 customers to extend their AS/400 applications data to their mobile workers and customers.”

LANSA users can generate WML using the same 4GL that is used to generate HTML, C++, RPG and other XML standards. The LANSA 4GL source code stays the same, as customers just change a generation option and regenerate to switch to WML.

“LANSA’s new WML generation capability will allow AS/400 customers to speed interaction with their mobile staff, says John Quarantello, IBM AS/400 e-business segment manager. “LANSA’s short leaning curve will enable AS/400 customers to leverage new technologies like WML quickly, and with minimal investment.”

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