As is the case with most development teams tasked with maintaining legacy applications, most System i shops continue to maintain valuable data that is trapped within their legacy applications. In most cases, these applications are not easily integrated with outsides applications or services. However, System i developers now have a new tool in their toolbox, PHP. PHP provides the tools System i developers need to easily expose their data and services to external applications via Web Services. Utilizing PHP and Zend’s developer tools, Web Services can easily be written to wrap existing programs.
p. The Beta version of the Zend Core 2.0 for i5/OS is released. The Zend Network was updated with the Beta version of the new product.
p. The latest version of Zend’s flagship IDE for PHP development has bee released for i5/OS. Click on inside for all the juciy details.
p. Three announcements from Zend and IBM all rolled into one. Click on inside, I’ll give you details and URLS.
Andi Gutmans, co-founder of Zend, my boss, and all around nice guy, has recorded a podcast with James Governor and Coté of RedMonk. Click on inside and I’ll give you the skinny.
p. Alan Seiden over at MC|Press has released an article detailing the virtues of the powerful mail() function for System i users. Click on inside and we’ll talk about it.
p. Alex Woodie, over at itjungle.com, has just published an article on the progress of PHP on System i. Come on inside and I’ll give you the Executive Briefing.
p. MySQL is an open source database that has gained popularity in the web application world and is used in most of the leading/hot PHP (Hypertext Pre Processor) applications. Now that System i is a supported hardware platform for PHP with the availability of Zend Core for i5/OS, we have documented instructions for downloading, installing and running MySQL in the Portable Application Solution Environment (PASE) on the System i. MySQL is not an IBM i5/OS supported environment, use accordingly.
Now that you have PHP, Zend Core, and DB2 up and running on i5/OS you need something to run on it. Here is a sample application you can play with that shows off these complimenting technologies.