IBM and PowerRuby Inc. have announced the release of the industry’s first commercially supported port of the Ruby language and Rails web framework to IBM i. PowerRuby, currently in beta, will be offered as a free community download to be installed on customer machines and is available from powerruby.com.
Despite the inherent awesomeness of developing directly for IBM i and its built-in database, the world has branched out, sometimes into dark and confusing places. Take Microsoft SQL Server for instance.
Is there anything about PHP – or how it tends to be deployed – that makes it particularly at risk to suffer from performance problems? Or are PHP applications just more likely to be deployed widely and therefore face tougher expectations for performance?
Is SQL really the "fast path" to faster application development? Answer: "Definitely. In a number of areas. Mastering SQL means that a lot of 'grunt data manipulation' work that we currently do in our programs can now be handled by the database."
For those of you stuck at home who are feeling left out of the COMMON conference in Austin this week, here's a trio of videos that will bring you a little closer to the IBM i world. The first is an retrospective video from IBM featuring Dr. Frank Soltis, and it shares the very beginnings of the IBM i -- the AS/400.
When IBM integrated its System i and System p lines of servers into a single Power Systems lineup in 2008, it did far more than simplify its cost to develop the POWER-based architecture and system solutions. As a consequence, IBM ripped apart the identities of some of its most loyal fans. The question, of course, is how to rebuild those identities. . . .