The IBM Toolbox for Java is a library of Java classes supporting the client/server and internet programming model to an IBM i system. The classes can be used by Java applets, servlets, and applications to easily access IBM i data and resources. The Toolbox does not require additional client support over and above what is provided by the Java Virtual Machine and JDK.
The IBM Toolbox for Java provides support similar to functions available when using the IBM i Access APIs. It uses the IBM i host servers that are part of the base IBM i operating system to access data and resources on an IBM i system. Each of these host servers runs in a separate job on the system, communicating with a Java client program using architected data streams on a socket connection. The socket interfaces are hidden from the Java programmer by the IBM Toolbox for Java classes. Since the socket connections are managed by Toolbox classes, IBM i Access is not needed on the workstation.
Java Beans are provided for most public interfaces.
JTOpenLite is a set of lightweight Java classes suitable for use on mobile devices. It provides Java application access to IBM i: DDM access, basic JDBC access, command call, program call access, etc.
- Access IBM i resources
- Additional classes
IBM Toolbox for Java also includes enhancements to existing classes. These enhancements offer:
- Deprecated packages
Several packages have been deprecated since V5R3. These packages include:
- Deprecated classes
Several classes have been deprecated since V5R3. These classes include:
- Secure sockets
If you are using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt data flowing between the client and the server, you must use one of the following:
- Application development
- IBM i requirements
In order to connect to the IBM i system and access its data and services, the IBM Toolbox for Java requires both the TC1 Licensed Program (TCP/IP Connectivity Utilities for IBM i) and the Host Server option of IBM i to be installed and configured on the system.