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    Blue Express is gone. What to use for Mainframe?

    Segue/Borland discontinued BlueExpress add-on for SlikTest in Sept 2006 (kb #23709). I need to do some mainframe automation. What's the next best solution?

    I've tried automating a terminal (Exceed Host Explorer), but Silk doesn't type the <End> key correctly, which I have mapped to 'Erase-EOL' thus leaving me stuck with no way to clear a line. I've tried mapping 'Erase-EOL' to other keys with no luck.

    I can't get it to type the 'delete' key either- it types the numeric keypad 'del', which is read as a '.' by Host Explorer, regardless of the key mapping.

    Has anyone come up with a SilkTest based solution on WindowsXP to automate Mainframe (3270) data entry/retrieval?

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    Re: Blue Express is gone. What to use for Mainfram

    SilkTest should type the <End> key ok! as it's a standard key.
    But... Different applications will have different responses. I would suggest looking up "win32" in the help to see if modifying this will help in how the application and SilkTest respond to changes in keyboard playback.

    I would also investigate the response of the the application to different key press combinations. You may find a short cut that may have the same effect. Also try aiming the typekeys at a higher level such as the MainWindow.

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    Re: Blue Express is gone. What to use for Mainfram

    We've actually had to stick to using SilkTets 7.6.1 for any AS400 applications because it still uses the Blue Express extension. Otherwise, I don't think you'll be able to get anything to recognize it.

    Downside of using SilkTest 7.6.1 is that Borland won't support any issues you have.
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    Re: Blue Express is gone. What to use for Mainfram

    That would be fine, we are still on 7.5.

    Sadly, I cannot get BlueExpress from the support website. Anyone have a way for me to get it?

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    Re: Blue Express is gone. What to use for Mainfram

    I've used SilkTest with HyperTerm and SuperTerm. Both allowed us to scrape the contents of the display via interacting with the clipboard. See http://www.qaforums.com/uploads/1108739871.zip for code sample and http://www.sqaforums.com/showflat.ph...p;Number=27236 for a thread discussing this kind of thing.

 

 

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