Write better, faster PHP applications with WebSmart 10.9’s Z-Ray integration

WebSmart 10.9 is now available for download from myBCDsoftware.com and our public website.

This release includes integration with Zend’s Z-Ray to help you write better, faster PHP programs. Z-Ray, which is included with Zend Server Professional and Enterprise, gives developers real-time insight into how their application is running and consuming resources – from PHP variables to DB2 for i queries to RPG program calls.WebSmart PHP's Z-Ray integration






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WebSmart PHP webinar: See the fastest way to develop mobile and desktop applications

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on October 1, 2015.

If you’ve ever thought about developing PHP web applications on IBM i, please join us for a high-level WebSmart webinar tomorrow (Thursday, October 1) at 2pm EDT.

We’ll discuss why PHP is a great web development choice and show you what’s possible with WebSmart PHP. We’ll also do a short tech demo of the product.

You can register here. We hope to see you there!

WebSmart IDE Shortcuts

In last week’s WebSmart ILE 10.8 webinar (which is available for on-demand viewing), we introduced some new IDE shortcuts such as CTRL+W to close the current tab. We also mentioned that we’d publish a more comprehensive list, including F6 to generate and F9 to format PML.

You can download the printable PDF here: http://www.bcdsoftware.com/websmart-ide-shortcuts

Hopefully the shortcuts will save you some time!

If you know any others that we should add to this list, or have suggestions for new shortcuts, please contact Technical Support.

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WebSmart ILE 10.8 webinar: See inline RPG editing and the other new features

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on September 10, 2015.

The past few WebSmart ILE releases have introduced some exciting new features and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you. If you’re running WebSmart ILE 10.8 or thinking of upgrading, I encourage you to attend our webinar on September 10 at 2pm EDT: New WebSmart ILE 10.8 includes inline RPG editing and more.

We’ll show you the latest new features, including:

  • How to code inline RPG in the IDE
  • JSON manipulation to more efficiently use web services
  • Mobile enhancements: HTML5 charts and a mobile reflow template
  • New PML operators and the latest IDE shortcuts

You can register here. We hope to see you there!

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Extended to Sept. 1: ZendCon early bird savings and BCD promo pricing

If you haven’t already registered for ZendCon (the global PHP conference taking place October 19-22 in Las Vegas), you still have a few days to save big on your registration!

From now until September 1st, save $300 with Zend’s early bird savings and BCD’s promo pricing. Take advantage of this offer by heading to ZendCon’s registration page. Select the early bird pricing option, then enter BCD’s promo code ZC15BCDC15 by clicking the text link above the green register button.

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The importance of running WebSmart PHP applications on a supported PHP stack

We get a lot of questions about the advantages of running WebSmart PHP applications on Zend Server Professional or Enterprise instead of the Basic (Community) edition. There are many benefits to upgrading so we’ve written a series of blog posts highlighting some of the key features. This is the first post in the series.

Reason #1: Support

Many of our WebSmart PHP customers still run Zend Server’s Basic (Community) Edition, which includes email support for one year from the time you installed Zend Server on your IBM i. After the first year, Zend only provides support if you upgrade to their Professional or Enterprise editions. That means you’re most likely running an unsupported version of Zend Server.

This may be acceptable for non-critical applications, but enterprise applications should run on a supported PHP stack. If you encounter a problem with Zend Server, our technical support team can only offer limited help (such as restarting it for you).

Here are a few scenarios where Zend’s support would’ve been valuable:

  • Upgrades: An IBM i organization encountered an error while upgrading Zend Server. They couldn’t complete the upgrade for several days, which delayed the delivery of critical information to their users.
  • Technical support: A BCD customer had problems with the DB2 connect function. This is something only Zend can help them with.
  • PCI compliance and audits: Would your organization pass a compliance audit if a key component on your runtime stack wasn’t supported? 

Having support is a great insurance policy because it gives you someone to call if something goes wrong. With Zend Server and Professional, you get the following levels of phone support:

  • Professional: Response within six hours during business hours
  • Enterprise: Response within two hours – 24/7/365

As part of BCD’s newly upgraded partnership with Zend Technologies, BCD now offers the Professional and Enterprise Editions with support provided by Zend. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a demo.

Keep an eye out for the next blog post in this series, where we’ll also cover Zend Server’s security hotfixes for mitigating known vulnerabilities and audit compliance.


Catapult printing errors with Foxit 7

Version 7 of Foxit Software’s PDF Reader introduced a bug with the software’s command line switches that prevents Foxit from closing when a Catapult-initiated printing process is complete. We have contacted Foxit and they are aware of the problem and actively looking into it.

The symptom of this issue is that Catapult grab rules intending to print spool files will fail.

The workaround is to revert to Foxit Reader 6. Or, if you haven’t upgraded to version 7, wait until this bug is fixed before doing so.

If you have been using Catapult for some time you may recognize this problem as one that in the past afflicted Adobe’s Reader. Unfortunately,  it was never fixed in Adobe, so for customers who weren’t able to switch to Foxit or another PDF Reader we added a Catapult Poller option to ‘assume completion’ of printing rules. This is not an ideal solution, as it occludes any real printing errors you may be getting and significantly slows down your polling cycles. However, if at this time you are unable to switch to Foxit 6 or another working PDF reader, you can try this workaround.

Please call Technical Support if you have any questions!

Are your WebSmart and Presto programs getting SSL certificate errors?

If your WebSmart and Presto 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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