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…
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About Alan Seiden
Alan helps CIOs and IBM i teams design and implement high-performance web and mobile applications using PHP, Python, Node.js, Db2 and RPG business logic.
With a passion for open source and the IBM i, Alan co-developed the popular PHP Toolkit with IBM. He was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers; co-founder of the NYC Zend Framework Meetup; and charter member of IBM/COMMON’s PHP Advisory Board. He has been called “the performance guru of PHP on IBM i.”
An IBM Champion and award-winning speaker, Alan hosts the CIO Summit twice per year and mentors younger developers in the Club Seiden forum.
In his spare time, Alan plays the trombone and studies and teaches the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education.
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Open-source tools aren’t just for Linux anymore. Popular tools such as rsync, cURL, Git, and Wget have come to IBM i. Although such open-source tools have been available for years in AIX distributions by Michael Perzl, those RPM packages required extra know-how, and weren’t officially supported by IBM.
Recently we’ve heard from several clients seeking help with Zend Server upgrades. While generally straightforward, upgrades can require an extra step with very old versions of Zend Server. “Old” means Zend Core or Zend Server 5.1 or earlier. Upgrades from these old versions may require a migration from Easycom to the “new” PHP to IBM i toolkit.
In late April in Manhattan, Seiden Group had the pleasure of hosting its first IBM i CIO Summit. Now we’ve gone a step further, teaming up with System i Developer partners Susan Gantner, Jon Paris and Paul Tuohy, to organize an IBM i CIO Summit “Plus.” The event will be held October 16-17, 2017, in Minneapolis, in conjunction with the RPG & DB2 Summit.
Now that speedy PHP 7 is available for IBM i, we’ve been helping clients upgrade to this long-awaited release. Here are some resources for performing this popular upgrade. First, we recommend Rod Flohr’s article Migrate to Zend Server 9 from Previous Versions, which contains both basic instructions and special tips.
Seiden Group colleague Josh Hall and I will attend Laracon, the Laravel conference, in NYC on July 25-26, 2017. Getting these coveted tickets required persistence — they sold out quickly! Laravel is a hot PHP framework with a loyal community. We’ve been building our Laravel practice and look forward to sharing the latest tips and techniques with our clients. According to creator Taylor Otwell, the first commercial installation of Laravel was on an IBM i system!
PHP 7 is creating excitement among PHP aficionados for its speed and additional language techniques. As the official runtime for enterprise PHP, Zend Server has always offered a free basic edition to IBM i customers. Recently, a change occurred on the Zend Server download page that has caused some confusion. At the time of this writing, the Zend Server download was labeled as a “30-day trial” even though, as an IBM i customer, you are still entitled to a free basic edition license. Of course, you can also opt for paid editions. IBM i users can request a download of Zend Server for IBM…
It’s not always easy to locate the official documentation for all features of DB2 for IBM i. Using Google Search is hit or miss, with full-text searches often bringing irrelevant results from other varieties of DB2 or from older versions. Many people don’t know that complete reference manuals are available for almost every aspect of DB2 on i.
July 20-22, 2017, Costa Mesa, CA I always look forward to participating in the OCEAN Tech conference. It’s an impressive example of a local user group bringing affordable education to its members.
With another new IBM i Technology Refresh upon us, here’s a quick reminder how to find your server’s current TR level. It’s getting easier and easier to do. An IBM i Service using DB2 and SQL provides the TR level more cleanly than older approaches. I love that we can use the universal SQL to expose the innards of our beloved system!