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TechTip: Running PHP Scripts - Zend Server PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Scripting
Written by David Shirey   
Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

We looked at WAMP/MAMP/LAMP and how they can quickly and cheaply give you the ability to run the PHP scripts that you develop on your PC. But other options are available.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Even though MAMP and its two amigos do a good job of letting you run your PHP scripts, there are other, more sophisticated ways to do this. And the first thing that we will look at is using Zend Server to provide the server capability for you.

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00
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TechTip: Qport Office - A No-Fee Timesaver for IBM Query/400 Users PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Database
Written by Bill Langston   
Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

With this interface to Query/400, users don't need to know how to build queries or write SQL statements. And the accounting department doesn't need to write a check.

bill langstonWritten by Bill Langston

Do you work in a shop where people still use IBM Query/400 (sometimes referred to as STRQRY or WRKQRY)? You aren't alone.

 

Yes, even in 2016, IBM Query/400 remains the first tool thousands of IBM i users turn to when they need a simple report or a custom extract from their DB2 on i database.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 12:41
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TechTip: C# for RPGers: Creating Your First C# Program and a Quick Tour of the IDE PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Programming
Written by Rafael Victoria-Pereira   
Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00

Now that you've installed Visual Studio, it's time for a quick tour of this IDE. Let's do so while creating your first C# program!

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

The first TechTip of this new series showed you how to install Visual Studio. This one will take you on a quick tour of the IDE. It won't discuss every single detail because Visual Studio (VS) is a multi-purpose, multi-language tool, and there's a lot that's simply not relevant at this time.

 

Let's start our quick tour by picking up where we left off in the previous TechTip, with the Start Page, shown in Figure 1:

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00
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TechTip: Riding the Rails, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Scripting
Written by Aaron Bartell   
Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00

The IT industry is putting an emphasis on automation. The Ruby on Rails web framework has been doing that for a decade. Ride this rail with me as we dive into the many cool realities of Ruby on Rails.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

In the February 2015 article "Trying on a Ruby Ring," I talked about doing a small Hello World Ruby app and showed how to invoke an RPG program from Ruby. In March 2015's article "Sinatra Sings, Ruby Plays," I introduced you to a very simple web framework named Sinatra. In the April 2015 article "Ruby Talks to DB2 for i," I showed how a simple Ruby web application can query DB2.

 

Some of those articles touched briefly on portions of the Ruby on Rails web framework (Rails for short). We are about to embark on a journey to further define the many benefits of Rails and see why so many other technology stacks have followed their lead over the years.

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00
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TechTip: Running PHP Scripts: WAMP/MAMP/LAMP PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Scripting
Written by David Shirey   
Friday, 08 January 2016 00:00

Running RPG programs once they're created is easy. But what about PHP? We created a class-oriented script, but how do we run it? And what kind of setup is required to have a functioning PHP environment?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey  

We spent the last few tips talking about classes and gradually building a small script that was based in a class. But have you run the script? Do you know how to run a PHP script?

 

PHP isn't like RPG. It doesn't just run on the machine that you create it on. And you don't just do a "callphp" or something like that.

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TechTip: Front-End Your Application Servers with Nginx PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Scripting
Written by Aaron Bartell   
Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Nginx serves many purposes. One is to sit in front of your Node.js, Ruby, Python, and other application servers, making it a single point of entry.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

In the article "Drivers, Start Your Nginx!", I discussed how to install the Nginx web server and walked through how to set up a simple index.html "Hello World" program. An obvious next step would be to have Nginx act as a front-end to your application servers so it can accomplish what's called a "reverse proxy."

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00
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TechTip: A Freeware IDE for PHP Development PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Dev Tools
Written by Stas Ustimenko   
Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

If you're developing in PHP and want that development to take place within an IDE, CodeLobster offers a no-cost solution.

stas ustimenkoWritten by Stanislaus Ustimenko

Code development, particularly for creation of websites, often calls for the use of PHP, HTML, CSS, or JavaScript for best results. CodeLobster PHP Edition is a portable IDE that embodies a code editor and numerous other utilities for such projects and is available in a freeware and two licensed shareware versions.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2015 09:15
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TechTip: C# for RPGers - Start Here PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Scripting
Written by Rafael Victoria-Pereira   
Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00

This is the first TechTip of a new series that aims to help you leverage your ILE RPG knowledge to learn a multi-purpose, programmer-friendly, modern, object-oriented language. Let's start at the beginning: setting up your development environment.

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

This series' goal is to help you learn enough C# to be able to use this programming language instead of RPG for some of your IBM i development. With it, you'll be able to build stuff that you'd have a hard time doing using only RPG, such as graphical user interfaces, data-rich web applications, and even mobile apps!

 

As I explained in the prequel to this series, C# and .NET have a lot in common with RPG and ILE. However, I'll take things nice and slow, because learning a new programming language, particularly an object-oriented one, can be a challenge.

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