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Speaking tip

An IBM i colleague today asked me for tips to make his presentations at COMMON and other conferences more effective and helpful. I told him that I like to arrive a day early, talk to people, gauge the audience’s level … Continue reading

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Fundamentals of tuning PHP on IBM i

At today’s free webinar at 12pm EDT, sponsored by Zend, a Rogue Wave Company, I will join Mike Pavlak in sharing tips on optimizing PHP in the IBM i environment. The webinar is being recorded and will be available for … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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MITEC friends June 1-2, 2015

Speakers Charlie Guarino, Birgitta Hauser, and I made a short video to promote the 2015 Michigan IBM i and AIX Technical Education Conference (MITEC), to be held June 2 (pre-conference workshops June 1) in Livonia, Michigan. Charlie says different dates … Continue reading

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Free webinars sponsored by COMMON Europe (open to all)

Starting January 27, 2015, I’ll be giving three free Tuesday webinars: January 27: Strategic Modernization with PHP February 17: Bring RPG/COBOL business logic to the web with the PHP Toolkit March 10: Speedy PHP on IBM i All three one-hour webinars … Continue reading

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