Steve Will Discusses IBM i Strategy

Steve Will on IBM i strategy

Steve Will discusses IBM i strategy

We recently hosted a day of strategy discussions for IT executives at Seiden Group’s CIO Summit in Dallas. Special guest Steve Will, Chief Architect of IBM i, joined the group to share his direction for the platform.

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Installing Composer on IBM i

Composer, a tool to manage dependencies in PHP applicationsThe 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.

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GitHub — A Collaboration Tool for Developers

GitHub IBMiWhile adding a new script to our Python for IBM i Examples GitHub Repository, I noticed that my pull request had evolved into a near-perfect example of how tools like GitHub improve upon ordinary Git.

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IBM i Super Hero Revealed

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?

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

Salesforce and IBM i for BusinessSalesforce’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.

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Using Git on IBM i (with video review)

Git on IBMiWe’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.

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Resources for Learning Git

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.

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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 the group in, With a Lot of Help from My i.

Enjoy the video and lyrics below!

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Add apachectl to IBM i for Controlling Apache Web Instances

sobo.redHere at Seiden Group, we seek ways to make IBM i systems more congenial for developers accustomed to other platforms, such as Linux.

Developers coming from a non-IBM i background know how to run the apachectl command to start, restart, and end an Apache web server instance. Instead of apachectl, however, IBM i provides a web-based graphical interface and the commands STRTCPSVR and ENDTCPSVR (be sure to prompt those for parameters using F4).

To supply the “missing” apachectl command for IBM i, I have written a BASH shell script that simulates apachectl on IBM i.

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Steph’s Sanity Checks for Programmers

Stephanie RabbiniYou’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:

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