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Podcast: Interview with Mike Pavlak

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Mike Pavlak is a Solutions Consultant and IBM i Series expert. In this podcast Mike talks a little bit about where he's come from, the history of PHP on the i and, what I think is most interesting, what it is that PHP developers can learn from the "old-school" RPG developers and vice versa. Remember the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"? While programmers have a tendency to look forward to the brightness of the future there is a lot that can be learned by looking back at where we came from.  And, surprise, it turns out that there's a lot we can learn from each other.

A PHP ‘Hello World’ Script Using Zend Core for i5

You’ve successfully installed the Zend Core for i5 on your System i. Now what? This tutorial helps you write your first PHP scripts on the System i. You will learn where Zend Core is located on the System i, how to make sure Zend Core is running, how to set up Zend Studio, how to write a simple ‘hello world’ script, and how to access a DB2 file on the System i.

Zend Platform Performance Tuning on IBM i

Zend Platform on IBM I provides many benefits including monitoring and advanced debugging. One of the many key features of Zend Platform is caching. In a nutshell, Zend Platform caches PHP scripts and content in a byte-code format to improve performance. This is an extremely useful feature, especially when you start exploring frameworks like Zend Framework or Cake. Zend Platform has many dials and controls which affect caching on the IBM i. We are going to explore how a few of them work and shed some light on their purpose.

Hey i5’er: Who’s in charge of your career?

I have been with Zend for a little over six months now and boy has it been an exciting time. With the economy at near record peaks and valleys, the value proposition of Open Source solutions is stronger than ever. Both software vendors and SAAS providers are watching their balance sheets very closely. Today, more than ever, folks are taking a second and third look at Open Source solutions. Those that have been playing have a decided advantage. Those that are looking now are wise to explore what the community has to offer. Especially when you consider that you can take an open source application, load it on your Power i and be up and running in less than a day! Integration might take a little longer, but the trip gets a lot shorter as a result of running the solution on Power i .