IBM i computer, formerly named AS/400, iSeries, i5
IBM i integration via APIs has been central to many of our development projects, especially those involving web/mobile applications, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, and cross-platform data sharing.
Lately we’ve been helping customers prepare for new state sales tax rules on internet sales by integrating APIs with their IBM i systems.
With IBM’s delivery of open source capabilities on IBM i, Seiden Group has been there to apply the technology to application modernization initiatives. Starting with PHP and the PHP toolkit, then Python, and now Node.js and Ruby, we’ve worked with IBM and customers to flesh out the capabilities of the technology, teach best practices at conferences and directly with clients, and develop award-winning solutions.
So why complicate them with repetitive code that distracts from their power and simplicity?
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.
We’ve seen a surge of interest in Git version control on IBM i, so a recent video about Git caught my eye.
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!
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.
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.