I’m looking forward to getting out to ZendCon 2017 this year for many reasons. Networking with folks I just don’t see that often is definitely a high point, but getting busy with PHP 7 is certainly the hot topic that I’m most looking forward to exploring. The adoption statistics for PHP 7, while better than previous major transitions, still have a way to go. Why? Because learning about PHP 7 is only half the loaf. As the Nike ad likes to say, you’ve got to “just do it” – and there will be plenty of that at ZendCon; people talking, sharing and hacking all over the place.
I will be hosting two of my favorite sessions “Who’s doing what with PHP on IBM i” on Wednesday and “IBM i panel discussion” on Thursday. Both sessions represent great places where you can learn more about how to leverage this amazing technology right on IBM i. In the “Who’s Doing What” presentation, we’ll be highlighting great IBM i shops like Newlyweds Foods, T&A and Hydrite Chemical. You can see how these companies leverage diverse and powerful applications that impact their bottom line. I have been lucky enough to recruit the top minds for PHP on IBM i for the panel discussion, including the product manager for Zend Server, Mickey Hoter, who just might make an announcement or two. You never know what you’ll learn at the panel! Be sure to come with your best questions for the panelists to mull over and debate.
I already have my invitation to the IBM i reception. Make sure you check IBM i on your registration so that you can get your own invitation. It is the premier social event for the IBM i faithful at ZendCon, so don’t miss it!
As our product line evolves, we strive to keep up-to-date with IBM OS/400 release levels while giving you enough time to plan for these changes. This allows us to use current technologies in our products and to make those technologies accessible to you from within our products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.