The Question is:
We currently have an application that relies of forms developed years ago with
FMS. Is there any migration path for taking FMS form to DECForms and
eventually an option for web-based presentation of forms data?
In other words, we'd like to convert our existing FMS based forms presentation
java, ASP, etc. What options do we have?
The Answer is :
The European Compaq Services organization offers a DIGITAL Web Forms
package -- this package is a web connector for FMS customers.
As for other approaches top this, basic HTML (CGI) coding and output
As you move toward the web, you will quickly enter a quagmire of
conflicting capabilities, features, bugs, and opinions -- while the
more modern forms presentation technologes are clearly inviting,
they are far from a panacea and there can be substantial hidden
If you do decide to move toward the web for your application, you
will want to consider and to decide upon the following:
a: why are you doing this?
Consider the value added, and consider the direct and
b: What web features do you want to use?
Consider the details of your audience, consider the costs
that are entailed with the different clients involved.
At present, there are a plethora of conflicts among the
capabilities of the clients.
c: what features do you expect the client to have? Some
differing versions and differing capabilities and
d: do you expect to require the client to have specific
tools? These requirements can have affects on your
external customer base, on your internal configuration
requirements and costs, and on your support costs.
e: which of the potentially conflicting web standards do you
f: do you want to use technologies such as XML?
g: how do you handle the migration between your current
and your new environment?
h: how do you design your application and your environment
such that when "the next big UI trend" arrives, you can
more easily migrate to it? This applies to your
application, and to the tools and the components you
are dependent upon.
The portability of your business logic and your data are critical,
as are the costs of the existing and the new environment. Given
that you are using FMS, you are clearly comfortable using older
interfaces and older designs. Consider what you will gain with
the new designs, and what you risk.