Overview



Host Integration components for .NET, ActiveX and Delphi

TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack is a set of components and productivity tools to extend and take advantage of already developed and tested screen-oriented host applications. It provides full connectivity to IBM S/390 and AS/400 systems through standard telnet protocols.



Versatile integration with your software

Created for maximum simplicity in handling data between legacy-systems and your Windows application, TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack allows for easy integration with programming languages including Visual Basic, VB.NET, C#, Delphi, etc. Other technologies, products, data sources and third-party components can be easily integrated.



Give new life to your legacy application

With the Host Integration Pack your application will look rejuvenated with a user-friendly graphical interface. You will be able to enhance your legacy application by increasing its functionality and adjusting it to your current needs.



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Highlights:

Host Integration Components & Tools
  • 3270/5250 Display and printer emulation components.
  • Synchronous and asynchronous programming models.
  • Extended OHIO: Open Host Interface Objects with TN BRIDGE extensions.
  • J2EE and .NET interoperability with XML streaming.
  • Line Printer Daemon with SCS support for IBM 3287/3812 printer emulation.
.NET, ActiveX and Delphi-native components
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • VB.NET
  • C#
  • ASP
  • ASP.NET
  • Embarcadero's Delphi
Compatible with the latest .Net and Delphi versions
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0/3.5/4.0
  • Supports embarcadero's Delphi XE3 development environment.
  • Supports Delphi 5 through Embarcadero's Delphi XE3.
Development Lab
  • A research, tracking and testing environment.
  • Reduces your learning curve, development and testing times.
  • Ensures the reliability of your applications.
Give new life to your legacy application

With the Host Integration Pack your application will look rejuvenated with a user-friendly graphical interface. You will be able to enhance your legacy application by increasing its functionality and adjusting it to your current needs.

Free 30-Day Trial

Download the edition that suits you best and try it in Demo Mode (time-limited connections) or register your copy to receive a Full Mode trial activation key.

Editions available for FREE 30-day trial:

  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for .Net (.Net 1.1)
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for .Net (.Net 2.0 and newer)
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for ActiveX
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi 7
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi 2010
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE2
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE3
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE4
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE5
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE6
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE7
  • TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack for Delphi XE8

Features

  • .NET 100% managed code libraries

    .NET native libraries are available for both FCL.NET and VCL.NET frameworks. Supports frameworks 1.1, 2.0 and 3.5.
  • Secure Communications:

    Support for Secure Socket Layer protocol (SSL).
  • XML Templates:

    Support for custom XML generation.
  • XML Virtual component:

    Allows you to build an offline simulation of your host for offline development.
  • Extended IBM OHIO:

    Open Host Interface Objects implementation. By using this standard API in TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack as opposed to one that is proprietary, we enable corporations to protect their investment.
  • XML Broker and XML Client components:

    These allow remote streaming of 3270/5250 connections. TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack can convert any 3270/5250 screen into XML documents that contain all of the data from the original application screen.
  • Enhanced Profiles component with XML:

    The TnbProfiles component can now Load/Save to XML configuration files.
  • Line Printer Daemon Component:

    New Line Printer Daemon component (LPD) with SCS support for IBM 3287/3812 printer emulation.

Architecture

Legacy Integration

TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack has been created for maximum simplicity in handling data between legacy-systems and your Microsoft® Windows application.

With TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack you can access mainframe screens through a set of properties, methods and events, allowing easy integration with programming languages like Visual Basic, VB.NET, C#, Delphi, etc.

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Mainframe Access Layer Helper Controls Emulation Layer

The architecture can be separated into three (3) key areas, classified by their functionality:

  Mainframe Access Layer

Mainframe Access Controls communicate with mainframe systems and expose a set of properties, methods and events to handle the data interchange. The TNB3270 and TNB5250 controls fall into this category.

  • TNB3270E Delphi Component

    Implements the client TN3270E communication protocol. It connects to the telnet 3270 server that is included in the TCP/IP package for IBM S/3XX Mainframes (if it has TCP/IP support) or to an external TN3270-SNA gateway like Microsoft SNA Server. It supports LU pool (including specific LU) connections. It also supports extended data stream and IBM 3278 mod 2, 3 and 4 emulation.
  • TNB5250E Component

    Implements the client TN5250E communication protocol. It connects to the telnet 5250 server that is included in the TCP/IP package for the IBM AS/400 (if it has TCP/IP support) or to an external TN5250-SNA gateway like Microsoft SNA Server. It also supports 24x80 and 27x132 terminal types.
  • TNB3287 Component

    Implements the client TN3270E communication protocol for printer type IBM-3287-1, supporting SNA Character String codes.
  • TNB3812 Component

    Implements a TN5250E communication protocol for printer type IBM-3812-1, supporting SNA Character String codes.
  • LPD Component

    Implements a Line Printer Deamon protocol, servicing SNA Character String printers like IBM-3287-1 and IBM-3812-1.
  • IND$File Component

    Implements IND$FILE file transfer with S/390 hosts.
  • Extended OHIO Manager Component

    Implements the Open Host Interface Objects to TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack Components.
  Emulation Layer

The Emulation Layer is made up of four (4) terminal emulation controls. These controls - Emulation Screen, Emulation Status Bar, Keyboard Handling, Macro Sequences and Profiles - implement the main features for a terminal emulator program.

  • Emulation Screen: TNBEmulator Component

    Implements an emulation panel that shows the host data and accepts input data that is sent to the mainframe. The displayed data is formatted according to the data stream format (3270 or 5250).
  • Emulation Status Bar: TNBStatusBar Component

    Implements an emulation status bar. It works together with the TNBEmulator.
  • Keyboard Handling: AidHook Component

    Processes keyboard events and maps them to Emulation Function Keys and Attention Identifier Keys. The Emulation Function Keys are processed locally to manage the emulator behavior for input data (i.e. tab, cursor movement keys, Home key, etc.). The Attention Identifier Keys initiate the transmission of data, along with the proper Attention Identifier Code (i.e. enter, PF01, Clear, etc.).
  • Macro Sequences: Macro Component

    Implements the recording and playing of mainframe navigation sequences.
  • Hotspots: HotSpots Component

    Based on Regular Expressions, HotSpots is used to control mainframe applications with the mouse. Includes full customization for screen recognition areas and appearance, etc.
  Helper Controls
  • Synchronization: Sync Component

    Provide a simplified interface for handling telnet components in synchronous mode.
  • XMLBroker Component

    Implements the XML interface in the TN3270 and TN5250 components.
  • XMLClient Component

    Implements the XML interface to the Emulation layer.
  • XMLTemplate Class

    Implements the run-time side of the XML Templates technology, for producing custom XML content.
  • XMLVirtual Component

    Implements a simulated Tn3270/5250 component by using screens saved as XML files.
  • Trace: TnbTrace Component

    Implements an application-side trace service for use with TN BRIDGE Development Lab. Generates trace information to allow real-time monitoring of communication events, mainframe screens and method calls.

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Scenarios

Government:

For citizens and businesses who require access to local government services, TN Bridge Host Integration Pack gathers the related data, which is stored on various hosts. It allows web access and ensures that transaction applications are developed reliably and securely. It does this by using the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). SOAP messages are independent of any operating system or protocol and may be processed using a variety of Internet protocols like SMTP, MIME and HTTP. The government’s open integration capability allows it to deploy new services more rapidly.

Industrial:

Replacing different applications and custom-built interfaces with one standard TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack connects all independent applications and numerous applications interfaces. It improves efficiency, reliability and decreases operating costs.

Healthcare:

TN BRIDGE is ideal for introducing a paperless documentation system within a hospital to improve workflow, increase efficiency and balance costs with the business value. Using the TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack’s .NET capabilities with XML generation enables documents to be written once and read anywhere. System integrators and developers alike have the possibility to create appropriate web services in their preferred development environment.

Financial services:

For institutions wanting to improve customer satisfaction, increase the customer base and sell more services, TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack provides access to applications that can connect to several hosts and integrate data, aggregating customer information. By enhancing, and not replacing their existing technology, businesses can reduce IT costs.

Development Lab

Development Lab is a research, tracking and testing environment that helps reduce the time required for planning, design, development and QA.

Development Lab will help you develop your PC-mainframe applications in the following situations:

  • In planning/design time, because you will understand the screen/events sequences produced by your host application. Then you can plan and test your navigation strategy through the host screens.
  • During development time, using the remote tracking functionality where you can connect to your TN BRIDGE-based development, even running it on another computer. You can also work in interactive mode to create code snippets for pasting them into your application.
  • To keep your deployed application error-free. You can use Development Lab to connect and track a running application even from a remote workstation. You can also save the trace information to a local file for external analysis.

Development Lab offers:

  • Three Lab modes: Interactive, Online trace and Offline Trace.
  • Integrated terminal emulator.
  • Integrated scripting engine, for access and testing of TN BRIDGE's components.
  • Real-time monitoring of communication events, TN BRIDGE's method calls and host-data interchange over an integrated emulator and scripting engine.
  • Real-time monitoring of remote TN BRIDGE-based applications through TCP/IP, in conjunction with the TN BRIDGE Trace Server Component.
  • Offline monitoring by analyzing pre-saved tracing files.
  • Built-in screen-field inspector.
 

Requirements

Software Requirements:

  • Microsoft® Windows Operating System
    i.e.: Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and older (ME/2k/98SE/NT)
  • Microsoft® .Net Framework (only required for TN BRIDGE for .Net)
  • Embarcadero Delphi (only required for TN BRIDGE for Delphi)

Hardware Requirements:

  • Pentium 2 or equivalent computer/processor. Recommended: Pentium 3 or superior.
  • 256 Mb Memory (RAM).
  • 50 Mb of free disk space

TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack Product Family

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TN BRIDGE Host Integration Pack 3.5 for Delphi 7 Free 30-Day Trial    
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