MAP525 - Mobile App Development for IBM

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Subject Title
Mobile App Development for IBM

Subject Description

Business applications on IBM midrange and mainframe systems are being modernized for use on many device platforms, including mobile. Working with the IBM i system, this course teaches students how to create new apps, and extend existing apps, for Android and iOS device platforms.

IBM i platform programming technologies, including RPG and the integrated database, are used to build apps which can be deployed to a mobile device. Device features can be integrated, including communication, location, and media capture. The result can transform and modernize an organization?s line-of-business applications while leveraging existing IBM i knowledge.

Credit Status
One (1) professional option credit in the CPA or CPD programs

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Be able to set up a connection from a Mobile Device to the IBM i
  • Be able to evolve your existing IBMi RPG “character based” skills to deliver RPG “graphical” apps on iOS or Android devices.
  • Effectively use existing IBM i development tools and LongRange Studio to develop a new mobile business application
  • Use tracing at the program and system levels to debug mobile enhanced applications

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Topic Outline

Setting up the connection

  • Installation and use of Long Range Studio on the PC
  • Installation of Long Range on your mobile device
  • Understanding schema terminology and the set up of a connection from a Mobile Device to the IBM i. 

Enhancing an existing RPGLE application

  • Understanding the basics of Program Execution, and how screens are designed and displayed
  • Using LongRange Studio to define the static parts of an application
  • Using LongRange studio to plug in prototype programs.

A Mobile Business Application

  • Reading from the DB2/400 database and displaying contents on Mobile Devices both in “flat screen” areas and in tables and lists.
  • Writing an RPGLE program to update the database

Programming techniques using Long Range Studio and RDi

  • Leveraging the various Mobile Device features and application controls, such as dropdowns, date fields, map, geolocation, camera, labels, textbox, image, etc.
  • Linking multiple forms together. 
  • Developing a program with a “programmatically defined” User Interface on the Mobile Device as a dynamic design based on user, database values, business logic etc., to control what IS and ISN’T displayed.
  • Utilizing some “Modular Programming”, and “Object Orientation”, to leverage a centralized Library of some predefined “Optimized Mobile Device Presentation Layouts”, to help with presentation standards and with programmer productivity and speed of development

Development techniques using Visual LANSA

  • Delivering Web Browser solutions, using a Web Responsive Design (one program that runs on different size devices, PC, Tablet, Smart Phones)
  • Leveraging evolving industry standards for the Web User Interface, being “Google Material Design Guidelines”.
  • Using a Centralized Business Rules Engine, to store a single definition of Business Logic and Display Attributes, rather than repetitive definitions across multiple programs.
  • Leveraging Low-Code Templates, Wizards and Frameworks for Rapid Generation of initial deliverables, that can be subsequently modified by the Visual LANSA IDE, to make post-wizard customizations

Mode of Instruction
Per week:

  • 2 hours interactive lecture
  • 2 hours hands-on learning in a computer-lab

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Course web site
Professor-recommended learning resources

Required Supplies
Student must have their own personal iOS or Android device.

Student Progression and Promotion Policy
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:

  • Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the test
  • Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the labs and project
  • Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Mid-term test 30%
Labs 30%
Project 40%

Approved by: Suzanne Abraham