MAP525 Course Outline

Course Code: MAP525
Course Name: Mobile App Development for IBM
Offered Date: Summer - 2020 | Other versions
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Course 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
Prerequisite: IBC233
Mode of Instruction: Per week:
  • 2 hours interactive lecture
  • 2 hours hands-on learning in a computer-lab
Learning Outcomes:
  • 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
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.|
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
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:
Course web site
Professor-recommended learning resources
Student must have their own personal iOS or Android device.
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

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

Approved By:
Suzanne Abraham
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