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TechTip: What Do You Need to Get Set Up to Do PHP on the IBM i?

PHP doesn't run in RSE or PDM, so how do you set up scripts (not programs) or do your testing? Do you need a PC? Or can you do it from the i?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

RPG runs natively on the i. You create your program in a source file using PDM or RSE and then compile. Everything that RPG needs to do its thing is already built into the IBM i. PHP isn't like that. You need to do a little bit of work to get it to function.

 

I know you'd prefer to just dive into things. But you can't do that with PHP on the i because some effort is required to get it to work. So pay attention: this is important stuff.

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TechTip: Node.js Is Here. What to Do?

In the fall of 2014, IBM introduced the Node.js platform to IBM i. Learn what it is and what you can do with it.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

Right now is a very exciting time for open source on IBM i. Not only have a number of new technologies like Ruby and Node.js garnered formal ports to the machine, there are also hints of what's coming next from IBM on their developerWorks sitein particular, Python, gcc, and Git. Each of these has already been made to work on IBM i by way of perzl.org, but now IBM is making them additions to the new 5733OPS licensed program, which means they are fully supported. That's a big deal because it conveys intent and direction!

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In the Wheelhouse: Why You Need to Be at COMMON

The value of the premier Power Systems user group is not to be missed.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

By the time you read this, there will be less than one week before the COMMON User Group Annual Meeting and Exposition starts in Anaheim, California. Ideally, you are already registered, have your hotel and flight booked, and are making short-term arrangements with the office to ensure things go as smoothly as they can whilst you're away. If you're like me, you've been half-heartedly plotting secretly with yourself to buy a cheap car in California to drive down to Mexico and rent jet skis for a living, never to return to the snowy Northeast. I may even send for the wife and kids.

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Technology Focus: Apps for Modernizing the IT Help Desk

There are software solutions for providing help desk services that are more economical than building a custom application.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

While it can be a major challenge to provide help-desk services, there's rarely much discussion of software applications that can manage that function, commonly referred to as IT service management, or ITSM. Part of the problem is that regardless of whether one is speaking of helping users of internal IT services, customers of various software applications, or clients of full-blown cloud-services, there's always a strong element of the "our requirements are unique, and no off-the-shelf product can do everything we need" syndrome.

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True or False: A Pop Quiz on IBM i Security Facts

It's Friday, and Carol remembers how much everyone loves a surprise test right before the weekend.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

I don't know about you, but I've always hated taking tests. Hopefully, you will enjoy this True/False quiz on IBM i security facts and even learn a few things.

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TechTip: The Many Dimensions of SQL DEFAULT Values

Learn how using DEFAULTs in DB2 for i SQL can improve code management.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

With respect to computer systems, Dictionary.reference.com defines a "default" as:

value that a program or operating system assumes, or a course of action that a program or operating system will take, when the user or programmer specifies no overriding value or action.

 

Defaults are useful because they represent a common, standard value or processing action to take unless an alternative value or action is needed. Using defaults in DB2 for i can simplify development because developers can insert common, valid data, into table columns without necessarily having to concern themselves with "what value" is required.

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INDUSTRY NEWS >>

QuadraDocV SP7 Includes SMTP Interface Improvements and Integration Module Enhancements

Key new features keep QuadraDocV up-to-date and further modernize IBM i organizations’ document distribution processes.

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BCD Introduces IBM i PHP Bundles and Support for Zend Server’s Z-Ray in WebSmart PHP

BCD’s integration with Zend solutions will support organizations through the full PHP-on-IBM i development lifecycle.

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BCD’s Presto 6.1: Visual Editor Improvements and Enhanced Mobile Functionality

New features make it more efficient to further enhance IBM i green screens and improves the end-user experience on mobile devices.

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WebSmart 10.8 Includes Inline RPG Editing, HTML5 Charts and the Latest Version of jQuery

New features give programmers more flexibility to create modern web applications.

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Shield Advanced Solutions Releases Version 7, Release 2 for HA4i

Shield Advanced Solutions, leading providers of High Availability software, today released Version 7, Release 2 for HA4i (High Availability for the IBM i).

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Surround Technologies Accelerator Version 6.0

Surround Technologies announces Accelerator Version 6.0, changing perspectives on software development. 

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LANSA to Preview New Mobile Offering at COMMON 2015

Upcoming version of LANSA’s LongRange will enable IBM i developers to build native apps across the entire Windows 8.1 platform – phones, tablets and desktop/laptop computers.

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IBM Cloud Analytics Application Services

IBM Cloud Analytics Application Services makes IBM's leading enterprise analytics software available on demand on SoftLayer.

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LaserVault Launches Low-Cost Replication Solution for Windows 2012 Deduplication

New Replacador makes deduplication with replication affordable for the SMB.

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