Open source on IBM i: Has hell frozen over?
In the not-so-distant past, the idea of running open source software (OSS) on the famously proprietary AS/400 was an anathema: not only was the idea technically unfeasible, it was also improbable from a business perspective. Few people would have been able to list three reasons why a customer would ever want such a thing. But […]
Zend Studio 13.5: Improved performance, best PHP 7 support, and more
Zend Studio 13.5 is now available. With 3X faster performance, you can code faster, debug more easily, and take advantage of massive performance gains in PHP 7. Below are the highlights of this new release. Improved performance “Performance” was the main feedback we heard from you over and over again about regarding Zend Studio. We listened. Performance was a main […]
Stuck on down-level PHP? Relax, Zend and AWS have your back
The excitement for PHP 7, the latest version of PHP that delivers such impressive performance gains, is contagious. PHP developers are publishing amazing results—from 3x faster code to a 2x reduction in memory usage. PHP conferences in 2016 are filling up with speakers who are sharing the latest results and showing how everyone can leverage […]
Nailing down production issues with Zend Server 9
“Costs of fixing bugs after implementation are 10 times higher than construction phase and 100 times larger than design phase” – Barry W. Boehm: Software Process Management: Lessons Learned from History Some things never change. I came across the statement above and was surprised to realize it appeared in an article written almost 30 years […]
PHP and the IBM academic initiative
IBM has a long-standing commitment to provide its best technology to colleges and universities around the world through its Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI). Professors get free or low cost access to IBM systems and software, and in return, students have cutting edge skills when they join the workforce. IBM clients are able to find […]
Hubris is not a security trait
Recently I watched a conversation play out online. In this conversation, someone announced their “Monthly reminder that there are no such things as best practices in programming.” I am paraphrasing the quote, but that was the gist of it. While this makes for a great sound bite, if you scratch beneath the surface, the mere […]
Two approaches, one great result: Modernizing with PHP
A recent study shows that the number one concern for IBM i customers is application modernization: how to maintain the high performance, resiliency, and security of the IBM i environment while delivering business data and logic to the web and mobile devices that users demand. Worldwide, one of the most popular development languages for web […]
PHP 7 is gaining momentum!
We’re now a few months since PHP 7 came out, and if you’ve been following what’s going on in the PHP world, things are looking pretty exciting! First, InfoWorld gave PHP 7 the 2016 Technology of the Year Award, which is quite remarkable. Remarkable is also how InfoWorld chose to describe the performance gains that […]