I Think - Therefore "IBM i" blogs › Windows 9 is Windows 10 – What?

October 1st, 2014 Comments off
this appeared in search results for "windows 10" and who am I to argue with Google?


Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

which is fancy speak for "a free testing version of the new windows can be downloaded today" and *click* I am downloading it right now....

Here is the skinny from techCrunch

The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer fatigue.

On stage, Microsoft executive Terry Myerson stated that Windows has 1.5 billion users. Myerson indicated that Windows is at a “threshold,’ ironically. For more on the new operating system, head here.

The ‘Insider Program” is designed to let people get the new code, but with the expectation that they new stuff will be a bit off, here and there. New code is new code, after all. Myerson indicated that the new code is an attempt to “share more than ever before.” The goal, he said, is to build something for every Microsoft customer.

Windows 10 is the name for the “product family,” according to the company.

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Alan Seiden Consulting: PHP and IBM i Expertise › Zend Framework 2 performance optimization: it works

September 26th, 2014 Comments off

Zend Framework 2 (ZF2) provides optimization techniques that are often overlooked by published performance tests. One excellent source for such techniques is a presentation by Gary Hockin. I was thrilled when my client and friend King Harrison IV of K3S began testing the effect of these techniques on his ZF2 application running on IBM i.

King’s initial tests produced a 600ms reduction in load time, obtaining respectable performance for his database-heavy application. He plans to update his blog post with further speed improvements as he implements them.

Read King Harrison IV’s blog post about ZF2 performance improvements.

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Alan Seiden Consulting: PHP and IBM i Expertise › Save your fingers when using PHP-CLI

September 12th, 2014 Comments off

In Batch PHP I showed how to call PHP from a command line. For example, with Zend Server 6 or 7 on IBM i, one would launch a PASE command line using the command CALL QP2TERM, or launch QShell using QSH, then type a command such as this:

/usr/local/zendsvr6/bin/php-cli myscript.php

For those of us who use PHP-CLI often, the above command can be a finger-buster. Let’s shorten the path by creating a symbolic link:

cd /usr/bin
ln -s /usr/local/zendsvr6/bin/php-cli phpc

I created the symbolic link in /usr/bin, a directory that is likely to be in any user’s path.

Now try the shortened command:

phpc myscript.php

To test the shortcut without a PHP script, use the -v switch, which requests version information (‘v’ for version) about your PHP installation.

phpc -v

The above command will return version information that starts out something like this:

PHP 5.3.6 (cli) (built: Apr  7 2011 09:37:14)                                
Copyright (c) 1997-2011 The PHP Group                                        
Zend Engine v2.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2011 Zend Technologies                
    with Zend Extension Manager v5.1, Copyright (c) 2003-2010, by Zend Techno
    - with Zend Data Cache v4.0, Copyright (c) 2004-2010, by Zend Technologie
s [loaded] [licensed] [disabled]                                             
    - with Zend Guard Loader v3.3, Copyright (c) 1998-2010, by Zend Technolog
ies [loaded] [licensed] [enabled]                                            
    - with Zend Job Queue v4.0, Copyright (c) 2004-2010, by Zend Technologies
 [loaded] [not licensed] [disabled]

By creating a symbolic link to the PHP-CLI binary, practitioners of PHP can speed their work while saving their fingers.

For more about symbolic links, see my article Link up with QShell.

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I Think - Therefore "IBM i" blogs › Learn to bang a drum like a rockstar

September 11th, 2014 Comments off
rob litten drummer with timshel

OK - So I must admit to being slightly biased as Rob Litten happens to be my cousin but... Rob has grown from the gangly kid that I remember into a quite astounding musician. When he's not drumming away on any nearby acoustic surface (my granite kitchen has never quite recovered) he is either being very loud playing in his band or... in professional mode.... he earns his living by being one of England's best known drum instructors and the force behind the astoundingly successful Drums the word website and youtube video phenom.

Rob Litten - Drums the Word

Rob is college trained and one of the elite few to achieve a National Higher Diploma in drum performance as well as BA(Hons) Degree in music specifically for the drum kit. A Percussion genius. Nuff said.

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iDevelop › Tidbits on Java Programmers and Apple Announcement

September 11th, 2014 Comments off
Training the Next Generation of RPGers We just finished delivering the second part of an introductory RPG class to the group of Java programmers that...

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i Can › IBM Power Systems Technical Symposium in Melbourne and Auckland and Enjoying the Land Down Under

September 8th, 2014 Comments off
Recently I attended the IBM Power Systems Technical Symposium in Melbourne Australia, followed by a similar conference the next week in Auckland New Zealand. This...

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DB2 for i › Ready or Not?

September 5th, 2014 Comments off
The following message is brought to you by senior level consultant, long time member of the IBM DB2 team, and my good friend Mr. Jim Denton...


Ready or not …

Here it comes.  Change is one of constants in our lives as IT professionals – we are often confronted by new business requirements,  increasing data and transaction volumes, shifting strategic priorities, opportunities to leverage analytics, data model limitations, long running or erratic queries, new user interface demands, integrating new applications, managing business consolidations and acquisitions, etc.  And practically everyone will have additional challenges to add to that list.

As part of the DB2 for i Center of Excellence team, I often get the opportunity to teach both the SQL Performance and the Advanced SQL courses.  Practically every session of those courses includes students saying “I wish I’d known.”  They’ve spent valuable time writing a complicated program instead of just a few carefully crafted SQL statements.  They’ve rewritten code to improve performance without knowing there were several easier options.  Or they’ve used SQL without leveraging SQL’s strengths for set-based processing.

Clearly, knowledge is our best defense against an onslaught of change.   So what can you do to prepare yourself?  Here are some ideas:

  • Keep reading blogs like this one!
  • Take advantage of the DB2 for i homepage and in particular, the vast array of whitepapers on the Resources tab

We understand your frustration when we are forced to cancel public workshops due to low enrollments.  Ask us about a private session.  It is probably less expensive than you think and we can train more members of your team at the same time.  We can also customize content and focus on what’s important to you. 

One last point -- I highly recommend that you always take credit for your successes.  This can be anything from talking to your colleagues at the coffee machine to executive level presentations.  This is no time to be modest!  Taking credit builds organizational momentum and demonstrates the value of ongoing investments in DB2 for i skills.

Your company has made significant business investments in IBM i and you have a long list of technical challenges which require new knowledge and new skills.  Take a minute and ask yourself:

Are you ready?

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I Think - Therefore "IBM i" blogs › how to synch google and outlook – calendar contacts tasks notes

September 4th, 2014 Comments off
I use a neat little sync tool called GSYNKIT: it keeps my personal GMAIL calendar/contacts/tasks/notes fully synced with my work OUTLOOK setup.

gSyncit is a Microsoft Outlook add-in that allows for the synchronization of Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google account. In addition, gSyncit also supports synchronization between Outlook and Toodledo,Pocket Informant Online, EvernoteDropboxSimplenote and Nozbe.

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You and i › Modernizing–Bellamy & looksoftware

September 3rd, 2014 Comments off
Well, it’s been a while since my last blog. I’ve enjoyed some vacation, relaxing with friends and family while I recharge my batteries. I’ve also...

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I Think - Therefore "IBM i" blogs › Cheese and wine is life… dont argue!

September 3rd, 2014 Comments off
before I was a cheese addict I was addicted to dressing up and dancing foolishly

Welcome to my life... obviously this chaps life is slighty different as he *cooks* his cheese'n'biscuits/cracker/frenchstick/insert-crunchy-carb-of-choice-here... cooking cheese? weirdo!!!!

"I don't like vegetables, Kelly Rippa said "I would love to do that everyday... if i could.." Well you can.. why would I eat a pizza with mushrooms when a I really a want a standard cheese pizza.. I dont want to corrupt the taste of the pizza."   Makes sense to me... but change the word Pizza with the phrase "cheese, yummy french stick and wine"   

ps: Pizza gives you diabetes and obviously given the fact that I am a beautiful Grecian god like persona of a human being.. nearly Norse Thor-like in fact, a diet of cheese, crusty bread (crackers at a pinch) and cheap table plonk builds the bodies of gods. Forget Bullworker, shake weights or that P-90-Cheddar-X....

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