Entries by Amy Lantz

IBM Announces IBM i 7.5 and 7.4 TR6

The May 3, 2022 announcement of IBM i 7.5 and IBM i 7.4 TR6 gave us a lot to unpack. It rolled up many enhancements from previous TRs, then threw in a new subscription option for IBM i and a new modernization framework called Merlin. If you’re running Seiden’s CommunityPlus+ PHP, no worries. It’s compatible with IBM i 7.5. Here’s a collection of the articles and podcasts we found to be most informative for IBM i application development teams.

Visual Studio Code for IBM i: A Resource Guide

Just over a year ago, a group of developers led by Liam Allan presented the IBM i community with a new, free IDE—an IBM i extension to the popular Visual Studio Code. VS Code for IBM i offers an alternative to RDi, the heavy-duty, fee-based graphical IDE for IBM i, and SEU, the native greenscreen IDE. It’s faster than RDi and easier to learn than either RDi or SEU. It supports development in RPGLE, COBOL, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Node.js and other languages. For these reasons, Code for IBM i is a great solution for:

Dr. Alan’s IBM i Web Checkup

You are invited to join Alan Seiden on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, as he presents Dr. Alan’s IBM i Web Checkup to the OMNI User Group. With an option to attend via Zoom or in person at Papa Passero’s in Westmont IL, you can join from virtually anywhere.

Alan’s PHP Tips to Wow Your Users [VIDEO]

“The order entry app is hanging again!”  Nobody wins when your system is slow or stuck. Find out how the best IBM i teams keep their users happy and productive with snappy PHP applications. In this video, Alan shares tips to optimize PHP websites and APIs for improved speed and stability. He explains why newer PHP versions are inherently faster and offer smoother migrations. He also details how to use Apache’s mod_deflate, look for network issues and bots, manage session clean-up, prepare for business growth, improve PHP Db2 performance, profile your application, and much more.

PHP 7.3 Enters End of Life Today—Free Upgrade Assessment

PHP 7.3 entered end of life today and will no longer receive fixes—including security fixes. If you’re still running applications on PHP 5.4, 5.6 or 7.3 (run php -v to check), it’s time to schedule a free upgrade assessment. PHP upgrades are easier now, thanks to IBM’s adoption of RPM-based open source packages. Over the past year, our clients have reported smooth and even enjoyable migrations to CommunityPlus+ PHP 7.4 and 8.0.

Set Up PHP Servers in Seconds with Siteadd

A modest but powerful utility “stole the show” during last week’s Lunch & Learn with Alan Seiden and Paul Tuohy. Packaged with CommunityPlus+ PHP, Seiden Group’s siteadd creates an Apache HTTP instance and a FastCGI configuration customized for your needs. In seconds, you’ll be able to launch a sample PHP page to test your new web instance.

[VIDEO] Community PHP is Open for Business

Recently Alan presented a session on the state of PHP on IBM i at the RPG & DB2 Summit, including community PHP and our CommunityPlus+ PHP offering. The session recording below also shows a live demo of GRAR’s award-winning website, migrated to CommunityPlus+ PHP with excellent results.

Seiden Group, Chubu System Bring Business-Ready Open PHP to Japan

Collaboration Includes Enhanced PHP RPMs and Support Services Seiden Group is delighted to announce an exclusive partnership with Chubu System Co., Ltd. (CSC) that brings business-ready Community PHP for IBM i to organizations in Japan. The joint service offering, known as CS^2, includes migration to Community PHP, access to an enhanced, tested repository of PHP RPMs, and responsive technical support.

How to Access the PHP Toolkit for IBM i

Considering a move to RPM-based Community PHP? You’ll need the free, open source PHP Toolkit to connect your PHP applications to resources on your IBM i. Co-developed by Alan Seiden and maintained by the IBM i community, the toolkit is also known as the XML Toolkit. That’s because the PHP front end and the XMLSERVICE RPG back end communicate via XML.