Entries by Alan Seiden

Python Training from Seiden Group

As big fans of Python, Seiden Group now offers Python training for IBM i developers. Our training covers not only the popular Python language, but all the pieces necessary to succeed on IBM i, including how to use the Python toolkit to call RPG and COBOL business logic as well as best practices for accessing Db2 and SQL from web applications with Python.

RPG APIs: A Modernization Treasure

When modernizing applications, we help organizations select a software architecture that’s flexible, yet can last many years. A recent article about our client K3S got our attention. Author Alex Woodie wrote that the inventory forecasting software vendor had updated their package with an attractive web-based interface using PHP, while adapting their existing RPG code into APIs written in RPG. But I knew there was more to this story. So I asked King Harrison IV—K3S’s executive vice president, friend, and founding member of Club Seiden— to elaborate on their choice of RPG APIs.

Is Your Zend Server Environment Showing Its Age?

This week marked our 6th anniversary, evolving from “just Alan” to the amazing team at Seiden Group. This milestone got me wondering…with as much change as we’ve seen over the past six years with PHP and Zend Server, how many PHP environments out there are four, five, or six or more years old?

Configure IBM i Apache For Higher Traffic

When your site gets busy, your web server may need a configuration change to handle the load. We often start with the Apache web server’s ThreadsPerChild directive. ThreadsPerChild controls how many connections can exist at once. Defaulting to 40, its value can be set in your Apache instance configuration file (for example, /www/zendphp7/httpd.conf):

Salesforce talks to IBM i and PHP: suggestions for successful integration

Salesforce’s cloud platform has become a leading choice for enterprises seeking to automate their sales process. Known primarily for customer relationship management (CRM), Salesforce also offers broad integration with functionality such as marketing automation. Salesforce can also be integrated with core systems, such as those running on IBM i. Here are a couple of suggestions from Seiden Group’s IBM i and cloud integration specialists.

Using Git on IBM i (with video review)

We’ve seen a surge of interest in Git version control on IBM i, so a recent video about Git caught my eye.  The Git trend makes perfect sense as IBM i teams adopt languages such as PHP, Javascript, and Python to develop web user interfaces, APIs, and other functionality. That said, Git also supports the traditional IBM i language, RPG.

With a Lot of Help from My i

This past October I had the pleasure of collaborating musically with Ted Holt at the RPG & DB2 Summit.  Ted is not only a seasoned IBM i programmer, mastermind behind IT Jungle’s Guru column, and a speaker at many conferences, but also a musician who plays the ukulele, the banjo, the piano, and who knows what else. Ted traditionally closes the Summit with an original IBM i rendition of a classic song. For this Summit I suggested that he adapt The Beatles’ With a Little Help from My Friends. Ted wrote the lyrics for, and invited me to help lead…