More and more, we deal with Linux. This article provides a way to do that at your own pace.
By Joe Pluta
The days of the standalone IBM i sitting in a closet are (almost entirely) long gone. While I do occasionally see a standalone box running a small business, more often it's a case of the IBM i being the central repository for enterprise data, sharing it with the outside world. One of the most common situations I run across is servers with so-called LAMP stacks: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. They provide everything from front-end web services to SQL databases for data warehousing. They often need to access the IBM i, and when they do, we're sometimes at the mercy of the Linux team when it comes to development. We get requests to provide data, but we really don't know how to test those environments. I don't know about you, but I can barely speak Apache.