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May 22, 2009 | Vol 6 Issue 20


In This Issue:

Feature Article - Programming
Book Review: The IBM i Programmer's Guide to PHP

Both a primer and a reference, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to program in PHP.

By Mike Pavlak

After developing Web solutions for the iSeries in Net.Data and then getting a sour taste from Java, I wanted something better. PHP was certainly the right choice, but making it run on an iSeries at the time was no small feat. Then Zend came to the table, and the rest, as they say, is history. There is no way any of us on the ground floor of this amazing union could have anticipated this level of excitement and interest. We continue to see huge numbers being drawn to PHP on IBM i as well as Linux, UNIX, and Windows. And this book comes at just the right time; it's both a primer and a reference.


Feature Article - System Administration
New IBM x86 Servers and Software Promise to Reduce Data Center Costs

The latest rack, blade, and iDataPlex technology take x86 computing to new heights.

chris_smithBy Chris Smith

One announcement from IBM at the beginning of last month that got only passing mention was that of a new line of Intel-based servers that should be of interest to technophiles.


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By Floyd Del Muro 

Is your data out-of-date and your report backlog still a backlog? Is your BI technical department larger than two people, and do they spend most of their time redefining your data to make the solution work? Does your technical team spend hours upon hours installing program fixes? Does your solution work with only one database, and is it too complicated to allow end users to write their own inquiries? Do you have to pay more any time you want to do more? Is your BI solution meeting your needs?


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