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Red wine with fish, Mr. Bond?

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In the classic James Bond film “From Russia with Love,” the SPECTRE agent Red Grant makes the telling mistake of ordering red wine with fish in the Orient Express dining car. Some things are just not supposed to go together.

So it is with IBM i and open source. For many in the industry, IBM i embodied proprietary systems, the antithesis of open systems. Strange then, perhaps, that IBM i has become one of the best platforms in the industry for running open-source applications, especially those based on PHP. A widely used general-purpose scripting language, PHP is simple to employ for Web application development. In many cases, PHP is a perfect companion to the transaction-processing applications written in RPG.

But the success of PHP applications on IBM i is due to more than the platform itself. It’s also that Zend, the company behind PHP, became an IBM i fan. In providing software and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical applications in PHP, Zend has optimized for and integrated with IBM i. So yes, Mr. Bond, sometimes red wine with fish is a perfect match.


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