I am not yet ready to dive into php, but wonder how the i5 version will
handle the current scripted attacks I see daily in my Apache weblogs.
I get a mix of close to a hundred win, unix and php scripts every day.
jim franz

----- Original Message ----- From: "Pete Helgren" <Pete@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries" <web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 11:34 AM
Subject: Re: [WEB400] PHP to RPG - "tight" integration

Sigh!  So much to do and learn.

We got our V5R4M0 box two weeks ago and I haven't had a chance to get
PHP installed, but I am very interested in this.  You have uncovered
some nuggets that I have not.  I was a bit deflated at the announcement
last spring of the PHP release for V5R4M0 since it sounded like a
retread of PHP in PASE.  These links seem to indicate otherwise

I'm downloading it now and I'll give it a whirl if I ever get the
chance.  It all *looks* promising. Time will tell.


albartell wrote:
I just got done reading this article on iSeries News :

One particular quote that caught my eye was "But beyond the reengineering, the most challenging task was building tight integration with RPG, Pinette

So now I am REALLY curious because if they did things right it could be the one better than what the IBM PCML Java team considers tight integration to
RPG.  Does anyone know how they are integrating?  Right now I don't have
access to a V5R4 machine otherwise I would check it out for myself.  The
user manual doesn't give me much to go on. Below is the example from the

$prog = i5_program_open("DEMOPGM");.
if(i5_program_call($prog, array(1,2,"abc"))) {.
  $result = each_fetch_assoc($prog);.
  print "result is $result['retval']<br>";.
} else {.
  print "Program call failed.<br>";.

On another related note I checked up on the Zend PHP site
<http://www.zend.com/products/zend_core/zend_for_i5_os) and> and found this
tidbit: "Easily "webify" existing i5/OS applications" - so are they
intercepting the 5250 data stream and putting it out to the browser?  Is
this similar to what they are doing with HATS or WebFacing?

Another interesting piece of information is that the Zend Studio IDE is
being promoted as the development environment (or maybe a better way to say it - eclipse is NOT being used for the PHP i5 development, though you could
use a variety of eclipse PHP plugins).

One last piece of interesting information.  This page:
<http://tinyurl.com/r58cp> http://tinyurl.com/r58cp shows pricing for
support and the Zend Studio IDE. Note that support obviously costs money, but the IDE does not! This is interesting because the general public that
purchases Zend Studio has to pay $99 per seat.  Hopefully this is true
because that will allow RPG'ers to "play around" with PHP, at no charge, to get comfortable with it before they fight the battle of getting it accepted
into their shops.  Am I on the right page?

Comments anyone?

Aaron Bartell

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