Deploying Applications via the Web Runtime

To deploy your application on the Web via the Web runtime, you (the developer) have three tasks:

  1. Set up a Web site.

    For details, see Setting Up a Web Site.

  2. Prepare and configure your ACUCOBOL-GT application for use with the Web runtime.

    Minimally, this could mean creating a library file with your application resources and configuration files, but optionally, you can also add Web-related library routines. See Preparing Your ACUCOBOL-GT Application for the Web Runtime.

  3. Update your Web page to invoke your COBOL program.

    To do this, you typically embed the URL of the Web runtime along with the URL of your application on your Web page using an <OBJECT> element and the CODEBASE attribute. See Invoking Your COBOL Application with the Web Runtime.

Once your work is done, the user has only one or two tasks:

  1. Visit your Web site.

    The Web runtime will install itself and launch your program automatically. Note that two dialog boxes may be displayed in the process: one containing a security message if required by the security setting of the user's browser, and the other containing a click-wrap license agreement from Micro Focus. For more information, see Security Warning Messages.

  2. If your application requires access to local resources or local network resources, the user has one additional task: to edit an authorization file.

    See How the Authorization File Works. If you write your application in such a way that the resources are accessed remotely (using AcuConnect and AcuServer), this step is not required.