WebSmart PHP’s new templates support all levels of development

December 16th, 2014 No comments

Many of our WebSmart PHP customers are still relatively new to web application development, while others need more advanced templates to take advantage of MVC or a more object-oriented approach. For this reason, WebSmart 10.5 and 10.6 include new Zend Framework 2 (ZF2) MVC and PHP Data Object (PDO) templates.

You can continue to use the original PHP templates to jumpstart your development but the new templates will give you more options as your skills advance.

Watch the video below to learn more about the new templates and to see how they support all levels of development.

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WebSmart 10.6 validates HTML5 and makes it easier to customize jQuery UI themes

December 16th, 2014 No comments

WebSmart 10.6 is now available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com and our public website. This version, along with the recent WebSmart 10.5 release, includes improved compatibility with jQuery UI themes, HTML5 validation support and a new composite document.

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Presto 5.7 includes change management support for macros and SQL queries

December 15th, 2014 No comments

Presto 5.7 is now available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com and our public website. This interim release supports the ability to export and import SQL queries and macros using Presto’s change management feature, which was released in version 5.6.

Presto's macro export feature

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The Essentials of Debugging

December 12th, 2014 No comments

The BCD development and support teams spend a lot of time troubleshooting and debugging both our code and our clients’ code. Debugging is a core competency for any developer and the following article is one of the best we’ve seen on techniques that make for effective debugging.

Read it here: The Essentials of Debugging

We hope you find it helpful. You may also want to share it with your less experienced troubleshooters.

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How to Protect Catapult Emails from POODLE

December 5th, 2014 No comments

IBM recently published a security bulletin about an SSLv3 vulnerability called the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. This vulnerability could give a remote attacker plaintext access to what would otherwise be an encrypted SSL session.

Catapult doesn’t use SSLv3 by default but has the ability to specify the SMTP authentication protocol from within the Poller. If you use SSLv3 for sending emails, we recommend switching to TLS.

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How to Define a Custom Error Handler in WebSmart PHP

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Error messages are an important part of the WebSmart PHP development process, providing valuable information that you can use to fix and improve your scripts. If your script encounters an error, PHP normally displays the error in the browser and, if the error is fatal, stops execution of the script.

But you can override this default functionality, replacing it with your own function that handles errors at runtime. This is a simple two-step process that involves defining your error-handling function and setting it to handle errors in your script with set_error_handler().

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POODLE Security Vulnerability: How to Disable SSLv3 on IBM i

November 18th, 2014 No comments

IBM recently published a security bulletin about an SSLv3 vulnerability called the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. This vulnerability could give a remote attacker plaintext access to what would otherwise be an encrypted SSL session.

SSLv3 is enabled by default on the IBM HTTP Server, so we recommend disabling SSL and using TLS exclusively for https. With the exception of IE6 on Windows XP, most of today’s browsers connect using TLSv1 by default. SSLv3 is really only in place for older browsers and compatibility but because it’s now vulnerable, IBM recommends switching that protocol off.

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Nexus 4.10.0 includes the ability to resequence ECM documents in a folder

November 7th, 2014 No comments

Nexus 4.10.0 is now available for download from our public website or our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com. You can upgrade directly to version 4.10.0 from any release above 3.60.

The highlight of this release is the ability to resequence ECM documents within a folder. To resequence your ECM documents, select a folder, then navigate to the Change Web Object tab in the ECM Maintenance window. From there, you can sort documents by when they were added, their type, or their title.

Resequence ECM documents

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Catapult 7.10.0 is Available for Download

October 29th, 2014 No comments

Catapult 7.10.0 has been available for a little while now but we hadn’t yet published a blog article due to a pending fix to our WordPress email plugin.

With this announcement I would primarily like to re-highlight a feature we mentioned in our post about Catapult 7.9.0: A change to how the Catapult Poller and the Exodus51 subsystem work together allows you to schedule the poller to start sooner after an IPL. This feature, described in Knowledge Base article 10466, was very well received and has been further improved in this release.

There are also a few other changes and fixes:

  • Additional poller information is now included in administrator emails.
  • A fix for a problem where the poller service was checking instance schedules too frequently.
  • The poller configuration will now correctly update when changes are made while it’s active.
  • A fix for a problem where invalid characters in a file path might cause the console to issue an unhandled exception error.

Please visit the Catapult Updates page to review the complete list of enhancements and fixes.

You can download Catapult 7.10.0 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!

Please keep in mind that we are able to provide full support for approximately the last three releases of Catapult. If you are running Catapult 7.72 or older, we recommend you make plans to upgrade as soon as possible.

And finally, for those who are wondering: Yes, Catapult 7.10.0 is newer than Catapult 7.82. We recently switched to a new version number formats. Sorry for the confusion!

 

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V7R2 Readiness for BCD Products

August 8th, 2014 No comments

The BCD Product Development team has tested the following versions of our software at V7R2:

  • Presto 5.6
  • WebSmart ILE/PHP/Clover 10.2 and 10.5
  • Catapult 7.9.1
  • Spool-Explorer 4.52 (server version 4.50)
  • Exodus 5.3
  • ProGen Plus 9.7
  • DBGen 2.5
  • Docu-Mint 6.6
  • File-Flash Plus 4.5
  • Nexus 4.09

Nexus requires a new authorization module (available by request, and to be included in the next build of the software). With WebSmart we encountered an odd, sporadic library lock error on install; you can answer the message with a Retry (R) to get by it. We are currently working on this issue with IBM.

We didn’t run into any other problems.

If you have any questions please contact Technical Support. If you need to verify your current release levels, KB Article 5595 has instructions on how to find these for all our products.

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