Are you a student or instructor at a high school, college or technical school?  Are you taking or teaching AS/400 related material and need to access a current AS/400?  Do you wish your school had access to a current AS/400 so that you could add AS/400 courses to your curriculum?  Now you can get affordable access to a current model AS/400 over the Web!  You and your class can get access to RPG, Cobol, C, Java, HTTP Server, SQL, Query and more, all at affordable rates and without the systems management hassles.

Group rates are available for classes, and classes can share libraries, printers, etc.  Students that finish the class and want to get an individual account going forward will get a special discount for the first year of their individual account!

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 school, 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 school group account includes the following features:

10 student user ID’s capable of two simultaneous sign on sessions each
one instructor user ID
four group libraries – one reserved for save file backups (see the information on backups below).  These libraries will be accessible to all group members
two individual libraries for each user ID – accessible only to the individual user and to the instructor
one batch job queue for the group
two output queues (one that can be sent to a printer, the other for holding output)
20 MB of storage for the group libraries and 5 MB for each student
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, 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 group libraries will be visible to all group members, but not to other subscribers.  Your individual student libraries will be visible only to the individual.

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 an 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

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Key Benefits

Develop software on a current machine
Low cost – no big cash outlay for your own AS/400
Easy access from any PC with an internet connection
No system management hassles – just sign on and go


Description SKU # Monthly Price
Basic School Account
10 students, 1 Instructor
SCH-1 $250/month
Additional 5 students SCH-2 $100/month
Upgrade to 50 MB Group Storage SCH-3 $25/month
Upgrade to 250 MB  Group Storage SCH-4 $100/month

Pricing is subject to change without notice.  Other options are available.  Contact us for more details.

Students that finish their classes but wish to keep an account at TimeShare400 will receive a 25% discount on their first year’s subscription fees.


This type of account is for organizations engaged in TRAINING.  It is NOT to be used for obtaining access for multiple developers in a commercial enterprise, nor is it allowed for subscribers to re-sell access to these accounts to other individuals.  Reselling access is strictly prohibited.  Multi-user development accounts are available as “company development accounts”.

Subscribers found to be abusing school accounts will have their access terminated immediately, and access will not be restored until payment for the proper company development account is received.

Subscriber Agreement

Your account will be subject to certain terms and conditions.  Please review our Subscriber Agreement by CLICKING HERE.