Are your WebSmart programs getting SSL certificate errors?

If your WebSmart programs use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) then you most likely installed an SSL certificate on your server. Browsers recently started phasing out a common method of encryption (called SHA-1), which may be causing errors in browsers when users visit your site. These errors typically occur in Chrome and Firefox, even when the certificate is valid.

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WebSmart 10.8 includes inline RPG editing and HTML5 charts

WebSmart 10.8 is now available for download from myBCDsoftware.com and our public website. This release includes several new features for the ILE edition, such as inline RPG editing, that give programmers more flexibility when developing web applications. Staying up-to-date with current technologies is also important so we updated the versions of SmartCharts and jQuery that both editions of WebSmart use.

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PHP-on-IBM i webinar with Alan Seiden: How to ensure speedy performance

When you deliver WebSmart PHP applications, you want to make sure they perform quickly, without errors and bottlenecks.

If you haven’t already registered, you’re invited to join PHP expert Alan Seiden for this educational webinar tomorrow (Thursday, June 11) at 1pm EDT to see how you can fine-tune your PHP applications for top performance.

You’ll get easy-to-implement tips, including how to:

  • Optimize DB2 and the IBM i toolkit
  • Leverage unique IBM i performance tools
  • Diagnose bottlenecks and errors with Z-Ray
  • Configure Zend Server for performance

In the last ten minutes, we’ll also discuss why WebSmart PHP with Zend Server is the fastest way to develop PHP applications on IBM i.

Sign up now!

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RC4 “Bar Mitzvah” attack for SSL/TLS

We came across this article from IBM addressing the issue regarding RC4 vulnerability in SSL/TLS protocol:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1020681&context=SGC5P76

The page has instructions on how to disable the weak RC4 ciphers for the IBM i. We recommend checking out the article in order to make sure your Clover, Nexus, Presto and WebSmart ILE/PHP Apache servers with SSL enabled are secured.

COMMON Recap: IBM i is alive and well

It was great to see those of you who attended last week’s COMMON Conference and our PHP reception in Anaheim. There was so much positive energy at this year’s event.

Pete Massiello kicked off the opening session with a motivational presentation on the IBM i’s bright future. If you’re interested in details about the keynote speech, which mentioned double-digit revenue growth for IBM i, please read IT Jungle’s recap.

We always enjoy catching up with all of our IBM i friends. Plenty of Quadrant and BCD customers stopped by our brand-new booth and some even showed us the solutions they’ve created using our tools. We had a large amount of staff on hand to demo our new releases, including the upcoming WebSmart PHP Z-Ray extension and Presto 6.1.

From left to right: Marcel Sarrasin and Steve Woodard (Quadrant and BCD Software) Tim Rowe (IBM), Amy Anderson (Zend)

We’re continuing to see a lot interest in application modernization and mobile, which were the topics of our sessions. It was also clear to me that our customers really see the value of our products and services. I heard many existing customers say that the support for our solutions are the best they’ve had, and that our products are intuitive and perform “better than spec.” One customer even mentioned that they do 27,000 faxes a day with FastFax. Another customer has created over 2,000 RPG applications with ProGen Plus and hundreds of web applications with WebSmart ILE.

We also co-hosted a PHP reception with Zend that many IBM i-on-PHP experts and developers attended. It was incredible to showcase our partnership with Zend and hear what people are accomplishing with PHP on IBM i.

We look forward to seeing you in Ft. Lauderdale this fall!

BCD and Zend: Our expanded partnership and what it means for you

You may have heard that we recently announced a significant expansion to our partnership with Zend.  We’re very excited about this news because it enables us to offer a more complete PHP solution, from rapid application development to deployment and services. You’ll soon see more integration between BCD and Zend, including an upcoming Z-Ray extension in WebSmart PHP.

You can read more in IT Jungle’s recent article, Zend and BCD Get a Little Closer For PHP.

We’re also hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 21 with Zend’s Mike Pavlak. If you’re running PHP applications on Zend Server – or considering using PHP in the future – I highly recommend you attend this session. You’ll see how Zend Server 8 and Z-Ray help you optimize and debug PHP faster. You can sign up here.

Quadrant and BCD Software at COMMON: See the new releases, enter our drawing and attend a session

If you’re attending COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, drop by the Quadrant and BCD Software booth (#101) where you can enter to win a GoPro Hero3 camera. While you’re there, we’ll be happy to answer your technical questions, demo the newest releases and discuss how our recent partnership expansion with Zend can benefit you.

We also invite you to attend our sessions:

Let us know if you’ll be there!

 

WebSmart 10.7.0 Is Available for Download

WebSmart 10.7.0 is available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com, and our public website.

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Added keyboard shortcuts to increase and decrease the font size in the editor (CTRL +/-)
  • New demo library file called MU_DATEF simplifies date-based SQL queries
  • Improved auto formatting of PHP array declarations
  • Mass PDW generation now supports fixed format definitions
  • You can now use Alt+D and Alt+U as hotkeys to control the search direction

If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!

End-of-Support Notice 
Please note that we’re able to provide full support for approximately the last three releases. If you’re still running WebSmart 10.0 or older, we recommend you make plans to upgrade as soon as possible.