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PHPMaster.com:
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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Zend:
Series of free online seminars on PHP
September 26, 2008 @ 12:18:05

Zend has issued a press release about a new series of online training classes they will be offering.

Zend Technologies, The PHP Company, continues its series of free online seminars started in early 2007.The so-called "Webinars" are aimed at anyone interested in PHP - web developers, consultants, project managers and technical decision makers. Topics include PHP as well as specific solutions and the tools Zend offers for enterprise-use of this programming language.

You can get more information on the events from the Zend website but here's a few to give you an idea: "Zend Cargo and Present: Using PHP to Build a Mobile Internet Platform", "Get Rich Quick: Building Ajax-based RIAS with Zend Framework and Appcelerator" and "i5 - Application Lifecycle Management for the Enterprise".

All of the webinars are free and, if you miss a session and you want to catch up, you can always download it from their archive.

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ITJungle.com:
Is PHP the Systems i's Next RPG?
August 28, 2007 @ 13:48:00

A new article on the ITJungle.com website asks if Zend's support of PHP on IBM's System i machines could be the "next RPG", replacing the current language as the language of choice.

For years, the System i platform and its followers have marched through the wilderness of development languages, seeking a suitable replacement for the aging RPG, whose benefits aren't a good fit for a Web world. Now, some platform advocates see the server-side scripting language PHP stepping into that role.

The bulk of the article is an interview between Alex Woodie (of ITJungle.com) and Duncan Kenzie, president of Excel Systems. They cover topics like:

  • Duncan's first perceptions of PHP
  • why he decided it would be a good language to go with
  • how it works in their WebSmart software
  • differences between Java and PHP impacts
  • the ease of the shift for RPG programmers to PHP
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Ivo Jansch's Blog:
PHP on IBM's System-i
June 12, 2007 @ 07:55:00

Ivo Jansch has a recent post made the other day that takes a look at one of the recent offerings from IBM targeted at PHP developers - the functionality to allow PHP to run on their System i platform.

Some of the developers at Ibuildings are working with PHP on IBM's System-i platform. If that name doesn't ring a bell, it has been called 'iSeries' for a while and it's basically a new name for the old AS/400. [...] Recently IBM and Zend have teamed up to port PHP to the i5/OS operating system. So far this port seems succesful; one of the reasons is perhaps that PHP is easier to adopt by traditional System-i developers than Java, which forces you to learn Object Oriented Programming.

He makes mention of the db2 database extension you can use to access the database as well as a "i5 toolkit" to help with the same. He even links to an article talking about it.

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TMCNet.com:
IBM System i Community Galvanizes Around PHP
April 30, 2007 @ 16:18:00

As mentioned on the Zend Developer Zone today, there's a new article posted over on the TMCNet.com website about the support and cooperation that IBM is giving PHPers all over the world running System i machines.

Over the past year, Zend and IBM have worked together to make Zend's popular PHP products available for V5R3 and V5R4 versions of i5/OS. Zend Core for i5/OS is a fully tested and enhanced version of open source PHP; Zend Platform for i5/OS is a PHP production environment that improves application management and performance; and Zend Studio for i5/OS is a PHP Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that includes all of the components necessary to support the lifecycle of PHP applications created on i5/OS.

Mark Shearer, general manager IBM System i also notes that one of the goals of the cooperative effort was one they've met successfully so far - to bring tools to System i users to allow them to quickly and easily develop applications in their environment.

The article also includes a small list of companies already using this technology including Parts Depot, MedDirect and HarrisData.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Integrating PHP with System i using Web Services
April 10, 2007 @ 10:43:00

The Zend Developer Zone has a new tutorial posted today from Andi Gutmans, Sam Pinkhasov, and Cal Evans all set to step you through the integration of PHP with a System i setup via some web service calls.

Zend provides a complete set of products that support System i integration from development to production. Zend's solutions include native System i database support and System i objects access. (e.g., RPG/COBOL/CL programs, CL commands, spooled file entries, data area and many more).

In this article we will show how quick and simple it is to create a Web Service wrapper for an existing RPG program.

They start from the beginning (a very good place to start) with what web services are and how they can benefit an application. With that under your belt, you're ready to set off into the creation of your own web service. They do this in Zend Studio to make things easier, using its built-in support for the System i to their advantage.

They walk you through each step - setting of the web service object, updating the username/password for the connection, and defining the RPG program parameters. Finally, they use the WSDL Generator Wizard to create a WSDL file to help with the public consumption of your web service application.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Andi Gutmans on RedMonk Podcast
November 16, 2006 @ 12:14:00

Cal Evans has posted a quick note over on the Zend Developer Zone about a podcast that Zend co-founder Andi Gutmans participated in for RedMonk Radio.

Andi is featured in episode #33 of RedMonk radio. In it James and Conte quiz Andi about PHP on the IBM System i, scalability, The Microsoft partnership, and a host of other topics.

They honed in on the System i stuff and mention how Java, one thought to be the perfect fit for the platform, has fallen short.

You can grab the podcast directly from here or, if you want to find out more about the RedMonk Podcast, check out their site.

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InfoWorld:
Zend hails PHP for Microsoft, IBM
November 07, 2006 @ 15:08:29

In an effort to spread the word even more about the partnerships that Zend is doing with Microsoft and IBM, the crew over at InfoWorld have posted a new interview they did with Andi Gutmans at the (just passed) Zend/PHP Conference & Expo about the situation.

Andi Gutmans, a cofounder of the company and its vice president of technology, spoke with InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill this week at the Zend/PHP Conference & Expo in San Jose, Calif., about PHP, the company's blockbuster deal with Microsoft, and other happenings.

They talk about the significance of the move, the role Zend is going to play, how PHP compares and fits in the market, Zend's IDE project, and the IBM work that's being done.

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