State of the Tech: Web Application Servers

Which Web Application Server makes sense in today's technology landscape? You might be surprised.

joe plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

The concept of a Web Application Server (WAS) has been around for a long time and has seen a lot of evolution. Earliest WAS implementations grew out of the attempt to use HTML, designed primarily as a way to serve static data on request, as a way to provide business application functionality. This can be done only if the requests can serve up dynamic data. In the end, this means touching a database of some kind, so perhaps the simplest definition of a Web Application Server is a method of allowing a user with a browser to interact with a database using business logic. We can come up with edge conditions and extreme cases, but in the line of business that we midrange programmers support, that characterization is almost universally applicable. This article will explore the state of today's technology as it pertains to that description of WAS.

The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization

The top business reasons, supported by real-world examples, why giving your green screens a web GUI adds value to your IBM i.

Written by BCD Software, a Quadrant Company

Editor's note: This article introduces the ebook "The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization," which is free to download from the MC White Paper Center.


Many organizations rely on the IBM i (formerly the AS/400 and iSeries) to run critical business applications like ERPs. Although the IBM i is a rock-solid, modern platform, its green-screen interface limits productivity and makes it look like antiquated technology.

Time to "Redecorate" Your IBM i?

Carol provides suggestions for ways you can "spruce up" your security configuration.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

I've been in my house for a while now, and I'm looking around and thinking that it's time for a little redecorating. I did a major renovation about three years ago, but now some walls need to be painted and I need to switch out some accessories. My problem is that I can never come up with the ideas myself. I always need to look through some home decorating magazines first. So just in case you're in the mood to redecorate your IBM i, here are some suggestions for freshening up the décor of your security configuration.

TechTip: Drivers, Start Your Nginx!

Nginx (pronounced Engine-X) is a very popular web server, second only to Apache in the open-source world. Did you know it runs on IBM i?

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

"Put on your big-boy pants!" is what they told me. "Dig deeper and figure stuff out for yourself!" they said. Based on the feedback I was getting from online forums, I realized I needed to step up my game in my first open-source ventures. Those were some tough days for my RPG programmer brain, but I stuck with it. Now I see the advantages of going through many mud puddles.

A Look at IBM i TR3 for 7.2

What does TR3 for 7.2 (TR11 for 7.1) have to offer? Lots of good stuff, but don't take my word for it. Although, I guess if you read this article, you are.

david shireyWritten by Dave Shirey  

For many of us, fall is a time to rake leaves and pull out dead summer plants, but for IBM it's time to release another Technology Refresh for the i.


At this time of the year, I try to reserve the lion's share of my attention for the baseball playoffs and the always important weeks 4 – 8 of the football season. But I really should be a bit more well-rounded because this is one of the times of the year (November 20) when IBM releases the latest Technology Refresh to the current operating system. And who would want to miss that?

Procedures: How, When, and Why to Build Them

Procedures are part of modules. A module can contain one or more procedures.

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Editor's note: This excerpt is from chapter 3 of Evolve Your RPG Coding: Move from OPM to ILE ... and Beyond.


The previous chapters explored some theory. Now, it's time for some hands-on work. Let's leverage your OPM RPG knowledge with a simple and practical example of using procedures.



New Profound Logic Survey Explores Business Impact of IBM i Platform

Profound Logic Software, a leader in IBM i application modernization and development, has launched a survey that will examine how companies are currently utilizing their IBM i platforms.

Manta Offers "Coding Free-Form RPG" Course

This course begins with an overview of free-form RPG and how the enhancements continue a trend that has been going on for years.

Quadrant Software Announces Revamped Formtastic Interface

Formtastic 10's GUI design client features a new interface that improves usability and facilitates future enhancements.

IBM i Log and File Monitoring - Special Pricing

Townsend Security is proud to announce the addition of Alliance LogAgent for IBM QRadar to our suite of log collection and file integrity monitoring (FIM) solutions.

Visual LANSA Is a Game Changer for Web Application Development

Web applications with the look and feel of desktop applications.

IBM WebSphere Application Server Family Edition

IBM WebSphere Application Server Family Edition delivers new flexible deployment options to meet the changing needs of your enterprise.

IBM Security Intelligence on Cloud

IBM Security Intelligence on Cloud delivers a robust and scalable SIEM solution with IBM Security QRadar using IBM SoftLayer.

Rational Host Access Transformation Services for Multiplatforms and 5250 Applications V9.5

IBM Rational Host Access Transformation Services for Multiplatforms and 5250 Applications V9.5 offers currency with the latest IDEs, runtimes, and browsers.

IBM Rational Performance Tester on Cloud Delivers On Demand, Load Generation Capacity

IBM Rational Performance Tester on Cloud reduces the barriers to large scale performance testing by:



Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

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