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PHP and the i, Part 3
January 31, 2013 @ 09:53:42

On PHPMaster.com today David Shirey is back with the third part of his series looking at using PHP on the IBM i (formerly the Series i) platform. In his previous articles he's introduced the platform and shown what knowledge you'll need to get started. In this latest post, he talks about some implementation ideas to keep in mind.

No one ever talks about how to create quality pages, what they should look like, how should they be structured, and so on. The reason for that is simple: we don't need no stinkin' instructions for that! Everyone knows how to design good screens (opps, pages). That's the easy part, right? Well, maybe not. [...] Of course, business pages are different from the pages that we may develop for a blog or website.

He goes on to talk about things like the number of "switches" (shifts in context between just using the keyboard vs using the mouse as well) and how you should "mirror the task" not the database that lives behind it. He also makes a recommendation about keeping the important things "above the fold". He notes that, unlike some of the usual sites out on the web, business applications are a bit more about usefulness and less about style.

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PHPMaster.com:
PHP and the i, Part 2
January 24, 2013 @ 12:57:03

On PHPMaster.com today they've posted the second part of their "PHP and the i" series (here's part one). In this new article, he looks a bit closer at what kind of knowledge is needed to develop PHP on the IBM i.

In this somewhat risqué episode, we'll look at just what you need to be able to do development work on the i. Many people in the i world will that PHP is native to the i, but I don't think that's really true. To me, native means that it just runs, no problems or questions asked, nothing special needs to be done, it just sort of happens like when you see someone across a crowded room and know she/he is "the one". That's not the way it works with PHP and the i.

He starts off by talking about Zend and its contribution to the IBM i's abilities to run PHP through RPG thanks to a "bridge" they created. There are other options, but as he points out, they're not as well developed (or supported) as Zend's offering (being Zend Server, Zend Studio and Zend Framework).

He then talks about the details of creating and running scripts - where to put them, what kind of RPG knowledge you'll need to implement them, and which parts of the typical MVC stack work best where.

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PHPMaster.com:
PHP and the i, Part 1
January 17, 2013 @ 13:50:19

On PHPMaster.com there's a new article that looks at running PHP on a specific environment and some of the considerations the author had to make - using PHP on IBM i.

We've talked about a lot of weird things so far on PHPMaster (well, at least I think some of them are weird), but this may take the cake. In this series I want to talk to you about PHP - and the IBM I. That's right, the IBM i, formerly known as System i and before that as the AS/400. Let's start by dispelling the myth that the i is dinosaur; it's actually a very wonderful machine, and there are lot of opportunities for brave PHP programmers who venture into this realm.

He starts off with "the truth" about the IBM i and some of the features it brings to the table - total system integration, scalability, etc. He talks some about the current GUI the system uses, functionality RPG provides, and some concepts you'll need to think about before getting into PHP on the IBM I.

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