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March 6, 2009 | Vol 6 Issue 9


In This Issue:

Feature Article - TechTip
TechTip: How to Secure the Web Query Login Page (or Any Other Web-Based Application)

Add another layer of security to all of your Web applications.

robert_andrews.jpgBy Robert Andrews

The IBM i is a great platform for running Web applications. These applications can take advantage of Apache, PHP, and MySQL, all running natively on IBM i. Or you may be using a purchased application such as DB2 Web Query for IBM i. One common thread amongst them is that they can use the IBM i user profiles and passwords. This is both a blessing and a curse. While it allows for fewer user profiles for the end user, it also exposes your administrative user profiles, such as QSECOFR. A user at the login screen could put in QSECOFR, make three wrong guesses at the password, and lock out the account. In this TechTip, I will provide a method of securing these Web-based login interfaces.


Feature Article - Database
Avoid the Hassle of Accessing DB2 Data from .NET Applications

HiT Software's snappy Ritmo/i middleware makes accessing the IBM i a pleasure, say loyal customers.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

If you're a .NET programmer developing applications that need to access data in DB2 for i, you might be concerned that the middleware you're using to reach that data will slow things up so much that performance will suffer.


Several products out there work faster than ODBC or JDBC in accessing DB2 data from .NET applications, and this writer has featured them in the past.


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