Author Archives: Alan Seiden

Video promo for COMMON conference May 15-18, 2016

Join me for the 2016 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition, May 15-18, with pre-conference workshops May 14. Don’t miss New Orleans! Learn about IBM i 7.3, open source languages, security, and more. Alan will speak about PHP, SQL, performance, and … Continue reading

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WMCPA IBM i conference: March 15-17, 2016

Join me and 27 other speakers at the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (WMCPA) spring technical conference, March 15-17, 2016, at the Lake Lawn Resort on the shores of Delavan Lake. Featured speakers: Alison Butterill, Tim Rowe. Speakers: Robert Andrews, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons to Choose PHP

I’m proud to have written the foreword for BCD’s new eBook, Top 10 Reasons to Choose PHP for IBM i Web Application Development. In this free eBook, author Duncan Kenzie explains why PHP has become the mainstream solution for web … Continue reading

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ZendCon 2015 starts October 19

This year’s ZendCon has a new location—Las Vegas—and more IBM i speakers than ever, including: Tony Cairns (IBM) Massimiliano Cavicchioli (Zend) Jim Oberholtzer (Agile Technology Architects) Mike Pavlak (Zend) Stephanie Rabbani (BCD) Chuk Shirley (Sabel Steel) Shlomo Vanunu (Zend) and … Continue reading

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iTalk with Tuohy interview

I recently joined speaker and consultant Paul Touhy for a spontaneous, personal ‘iTalk with Tuohy’ recorded chat, described thus: “Paul Tuohy talks to development guru Alan Seiden about developing in PHP, the PHP for IBM i Toolkit, performance for developers … Continue reading

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Slides from today’s talk on leveraging RPG with the PHP Toolkit and XMLSERVICE

I’ve posted the updated slides from a talk I just presented about the PHP for IBM i Toolkit. The talk was given at a free virtual conference presented by the COMMON user group and was sponsored by BCD. The slides … Continue reading

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IBM i performance tools are for developers, too

At last Friday’s OCEAN conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., IBM’s Dawn May and I presented “The Art of Performance Diagnostics,” showing how we’ve used tools that are free (Performance Data Investigator) and low-cost (Job Watcher) and included with IBM i … Continue reading

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Determining the proper procedure name in toolkit calls

Exact name is required when calling a service program’s procedure Some developers make a common mistake when calling a procedure in a service program using the PHP Toolkit for IBM i or any toolkit based on XMLSERVICE. It’s easy to … Continue reading

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OCEAN conference July 17-18, 2015, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Join me and 23 other speakers for this unique west-coast conference. Get a jump-start on your challenges and opportunities by talking to experts in the world of IBM i and Power Systems. SQL, DB2, RPG, PHP, Ruby, more, more, more… … Continue reading

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PHP performance webinar, June 11, 2015

Update: a recording of the webinar is available to all registrants. See the link below to register. ——– I’ll be presenting a free webinar, “How to ensure speedy PHP applications on IBM i,” on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 1pm … Continue reading

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