Author Archive for: Steph Rabbani
About Stephanie Rabbani
A senior consultant for Seiden Group, Stephanie has been developing web applications on the IBM i for over 14 years. She previously worked for BCD Software Professional Services.
In her IBM i career, she has developed a large range of applications including shopping cart, ordering, warehousing, dashboards, mobile/responsive applications, and many others for small to Fortune 500 companies.
Stephanie has chosen PHP as her primary language, is Zend Framework 2 certified and has expertise in various web development technologies, including RPG and WebSmart. She also has in-depth experience with DB2, SQL, and the IBM i environment.
She also speaks at Local User Groups and consults on the ongoing development of the PHP Toolkit for IBM i.
Stephanie has been recognized by IBM as a “Fresh Face of IBM i.”
Entries by Stephanie Rabbani
I’ve been eagerly watching Liam Allan’s open source ILEditor mature into a very convenient tool that I can turn to whenever I have a quick development task to perform and I don’t have an active RDi session open. So I was thrilled to learn about his plans for the next major release! The beauty of ILEditor is that it starts up quickly, performs quickly, and lets me return to whatever else I was doing. For example, I recently used it to copy and send some CL code to a client while I was on vacation. So fast!
We recently worked with a large financial services company that wanted to enable real-time data updates between Salesforce and applications running on both IBM i and a Linux-based system. Every day, people from a variety of departments entered customers, leads, and orders into these systems. The salespeople, however, needed to access the most current information from within Salesforce.
The open source Composer tool, which manages PHP project dependencies, has become standard equipment for modern PHP. New to this tool? I recommend this introduction to Composer. Composer automatically installs or updates required components, known as dependencies, and any others required by those initial components. The required components are defined by the developer in an easy-to-read JSON-formatted text file.
Geeks that we are, we developers love our super heroes. It’s not always easy to spot a Clark Kent in our midst. Case in point . . . have you ever seen Alan Seiden without his glasses?
One of my favorite jobs here at Seiden Group is to introduce developers to the Git version control system. I’ve delivered talks, workshops, and individual Git training. Fast, popular, and open source, Git can be hosted on varied platforms, such as cloud-based repositories (Github, Bitbucket), internal servers (GitLab), and on our trusty IBM i servers.
You’re sure you fixed that last bug, but the app is still malfunctioning. You’re racking your brain for the cause. Paradoxically, the more you know about programming, the more likely you are to over-think the problem. I’ve been there. My Seiden Group colleagues have taken to calling me their “CTO” (Chief Troubleshooting Officer), for my debugging skills. Before you wear yourself out seeking obscure bugs, try these sanity checks: