Welcome to the Web5250 Web site

A couple of years ago I was in the process of designing an HTML based menuing system that would allow both HTML and 5250 applications to be launched. The HTML part was easy, but launching a 5250 application from an HTML menu was a bit more of a challenge. Not that there wasn't a great, open source, 5250 emulator available (there is, it's called tn5250j and can be found here). It was just that in order to accommodate launching tn5250j from an HTML page, I needed to use an applet. Applets require a JVM and JVM's on the client can be an administrative hassle. So, with all that in mind, I started looking for an HTML based 5250 (or even telnet) open source client. As it turned out, I didn't have to go very far. The tn5250j project already had the 5250 Protocol bean and with some help (quite a bit, from Kenneth Pouncey, tn5250 project lead).

I still have a ways to go. The function keys are still a bit dicey and I am not really happy with cursor movement keys. Give it a try and send me whatever feedback you have. Go to the tn5250j site at source forge if you are interested in contributing to this project. Thanks!

So that is how the project started. It is still in it's infancy with much more that needs to be done, but I wanted to at least get it available so that others could give it a try.

Try it and feel free to drop me an e-mail. Send it to Pete, at this site's domain name (petesworkshop.com)