+1 Nathan...the thing that has made a "pure" i solution so viable is that the web frontend of most apps is HTML5/CSS/JS because it is the best overall solution that meets the variety of devices that will need to display the web page. A well designed, responsive web app will basically be HTML5/CSS/JS all of which is easily served by Apache on i. The business logic that manages the data should naturally reside on i (why have two tiers of business logic on two platforms?). So that is where I end up scratching my head on ASP/i hybrid apps. What does ASP bring to the party that can't be efficiently handled on i?

I work in a non-IBM i shop but the heavy lifting that ASP does is more closely aligned with the MSSQL DB than anything else. Otherwise I could move the Java/PHP code we have to i. ASP has a place in a shop where MS has been the "legacy" app development provider but I have always struggled to understand why in an IBM i centric shop other web technologies displace what is already available on i.

Pete Helgren
GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java

On 12/27/2014 12:02 PM, Nathan Andelin wrote:

It is of course a viable alternative to distribute development and
application workloads across both Microsoft and IBM i platforms but I also
recommend against it. You under-utilize your IBM i environment. It increase
the complexity and cost of your systems. Microsoft provides a platform for
viruses and other malware. It compromises security. Performance and
stability suffer.

I promote IBM i on Power. It's sad to see application workloads move to

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