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So you've had this GREAT idea for AS/400 software that you've been burning to develop, but you don't have the ten or twenty THOUSAND dollars needed to buy your own AS/400.   Buying an old used AS/400 isn't even an option any more, since the box won't come with any licensed programs, development languages, etc - just the operating system.  And IBM charges thousands of dollars for the software you'd need to start developing.  Don't use your 'day job' company's AS/400 to develop it.  If you get caught you could end up losing your job, and your company could end up owning the software that you developed!

TimeShare400 provides a current AS/400 platform that you can access from any internet connected computer, using widely available terminal emulation software.  You can do your development from home, over lunch, any time.  You won't have to buy your own AS/400 and you won't have the systems management issues, either.  Just log on and go!

A basic developer account includes the following features:

bulletone user ID
bullettwo simultaneous 5250 display device sessions
bulletone 5250 printer session
bulletmultiple signons per device (via system request or group jobs)
bulletup to ten libraries - one reserved for save file backups (see the information on backups below)
bulletone batch job queue
bullettwo output queues
bullet100 MB of storage
Programming Languages and Tools

You will have access to RPG, Cobol, C, Java, Query, SQL, ADTS (SEU, SDA, PDM, etc), DFU, FTP, Code/400, VRPG, WRKDBF, DB2 UDB and more!  If you need additional languages, or have a question about a specific programming language or tool, please contact us with the form below.


Your libraries will be not be visible to other developers, nor will you be able to see other developers' libraries (unless you specifically override the default security when you create the library).

Compiles and other long running batch jobs....

Your development AS/400 will be a shared resource.  You will have one single threaded batch queue to use for long running processes, like compiles and other big batch jobs.  The system will be monitored for performance purposes.  Users found to be abusing the interactive subsystem by running tasks that should be submitted to batch will be contacted and asked to submit such jobs to their batch queue.  Failure to follow these and other generally accepted "rules of etiquette" may result in cancellation of your account.


One of your libraries will be a 'save file' library.  Your host AS/400 will be backed up on a regular basis for PTF and disaster recovery purposes, but any requests for us to restore something for you will incur a hefty penalty...  So DO YOUR OWN BACKUPS.   Since you will want (and need) easy access to save and restore your objects as you see fit, we recommend that you do your own back ups to save files in your 'save file library'.  You should also plan to FTP those save files off of the AS400 and to your own PC for off-site safekeeping.  You can then do your own restores as needed.  The save file backup libraries are backed up nightly, but we provide no guarantees on this.  So, in the event of disaster the system will be restored from the full system backup tapes and the save file libraries will be restored from the daily backups.  But... again.... backups are YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.  If you're really stuck, we will try to help you, but it'll cost you.  :)

Emulation Software

If you need terminal emulation software, we have some recommendations.  Click here for more information.

Key Benefits

bulletDevelop your software on a current machine
bulletLow cost - no big cash outlay for your own AS/400
bulletEasy access from any PC with an internet connection
bulletNo system management hassles - just sign on and go



Pricing is available month-to-month, or save $$ by pre-paying your subscription.

Description SKU # Monthly Price
Basic Developer Account BDA-1 $15/month

$75/6 mo


Five Additional libraries BDA-2 $10/month

$50/6 mo


Upgrade to 200 MB Storage BDA-3 $10/month

$50/6 mo


Upgrade to 500 MB Storage BDA-4 $20/month

$100/6 mo


CD Image Creation (after 
one free per month)
BDA-5 $20/each
Restore from tape BDA-6 $10/tape
Backup to tape BDA-7 $25 + cost of tape

Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Subscriber Agreement

Your account will be subject to certain terms and conditions.  Please review a sample of our Subscriber Agreement by clicking here.

Information Request Form

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DUE TO THE VERY LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT SIGN UP FOR THE FIRST FREE MONTH AND THEN DISAPPEAR, PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS WILL NEED TO BE MADE IN ADVANCE USING VISA OR MASTERCARD.  You will receive an email with further information regarding payment.  You will still receive the first month free, but only after payment arrangements have been made and confirmed.

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