Customizable emulation app works via Web

Customizable emulation app works via Web


WRQ Inc.'s Reflection for the Web terminal emulator has a customization service for Web-to-host interfaces.

The product emulates IBM mainframe and AS/400, Hewlett-Packard 3000, Unix and Compaq OpenVMS environments inside a Web browser, said Donovan Deakin, Web-to-host technical product manager for the Seattle company.

Reflection for the Web 4.5 has the File Transfer Protocol integrated for server transfers, Deakin said. Users connected to HP 3000 systems can print to local or network printers using WRQ's Reflection Command Language.

New features for IBM 3270 emulation include word wrap and error auto-reset. The product comes with Secure Sockets Layer security and a proxy server for 168-bit Triple Data Encryption Standard encryption. The Java browser program contacts the Reflection proxy server through a secure port in the network firewall.

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New computer users unfamiliar with terminal environments need a graphical interface, Deakin said, so WRQ set up its Reflection Webfront Service for customizing the Web-to-host interface.

Using Reflection for the Web's application programming interface, WRQ consultants can customize the product 'to give a new look to an old application,' WRQ marketing director David Hebert said.

Agencies with in-house application developers can purchase Webfront off the shelf and use its API to create their own interfaces.

'We're seeing a trend toward making a PC more like a phone. Users can go to any PC in the building and access the applications they need,' Deakin said.

WRQ's federal resellers for Reflection products are Federal Data Corp. of Bethesda, Md., and ASAP Software of Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Contact WRQ at 800-872-2829.

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