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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presto 6.0 is now available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com, and our public website. This release includes improvements to the Presto OA rendering engine so it now displays a more useful out-of-the-box version of OA screens.
We are currently making some internal changes to how we manage our product license keys. While this is in progress we have temporarily taken down the myBCDsoftware.com program that allows customers to generate short-term license keys.
If you anticipate needing a temporary product license key for testing purposes, please contact your BCD sales rep and we’ll be happy to provide one.
If you were relying on this myBCDSoftware.com feature as part of your actual Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy and need to have the ability to switch your applications over to another system on very short notice, we are also happy to provide longer term temporary license keys to tide you over until the portal page is back. You should, however, keep in mind that our web portal is periodically unavailable for system maintenance. An alternative is to purchase a secondary High Availability product license.
You can reach our sales office in Chicago at (630) 986-0800 to request keys or discuss your needs. Or, if you have any questions about this portal feature, please email or call me at our support office at (250) 655-1766.
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.
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.