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BCD's WebSmart PHP beta for System i web application development is now available

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL, June 20, 2007: Developers have been hard at work on WebSmart PHP and today, Business Computer Design Int'l. Inc. (BCD) is making the anticipated beta version available to everyone who wants to evaluate it. For complete details visit

With precision, BCD's development partner, ExcelSystems, hit its target release date for the beta version of WebSmart PHP, which was first announced in April at the COMMON user conference. "This is great news as this much awaited multi-man year PHP web application development tool project is now being put into the hands of the System i programming community. To have hit our beta target release date is very satisfying to our entire development group who is involved in this important project." says Eric Figura, BCD's Director of Sales and Marketing. "We have had hundreds of requests for additional information on WebSmart PHP and more than two hundred beta test requests in less than two months," he adds.

WebSmart PHP opens doors

WebSmart PHP helps System i programmers create PHP-based web applications that run on the System i and other platforms including Linux, Unix, and Windows servers. "It opens the doors to a many new possibilities. Effectively, you can run with or without a System i in the mix. However, we avidly promote the System i platform. Aside from accessing database files that reside on the System i, database interoperability is extended to all mainstream platforms that support PHP. We are going to see the coexistence of both ILE and PHP when PHP is called for," says Figura.

WebSmart PHP helps you through every step of development so you can create complete web applications. Programmers with no PHP development experience can use WebSmart's PHP 50-plus templates and other composition tools to construct complete programs in literally just minutes. Central database repositories in either DB2 UDB or MySQL allow you to define business and presentation rules at the database level for leveraging development efforts. WebSmart PHP also offers System i RLA and MySQL interoperability, built-in change management, a visual HTML editor, and other powerful features. WebSmart PHP runs on top of Zend Core and supports all of its functionality. WebSmart PHP also comes with PHP snippets to make it easy to call RPG programs and modules from PHP. The 5,000+ PHP industry functions have been properly organized in WebSmart's IDE making it even easier to build robust applications.

PHP on the System i has garnered lots of interest since it was first announced. Interest in WebSmart PHP and the combined use of WebSmart PHP and WebSmart ILE in a single IDE has been very strong as well, and it has captured the attention of executives at both IBM and Zend. Says Figura, "We're very pleased to again be on the leading edge of System i web application innovation and look forward to being instrumental in the success of PHP on the platform."

Get a test copy today

To obtain the beta version of WebSmart PHP, please visit For questions on WebSmart PHP or BCD's complete integrated System i modernization suite call BCD at (630) 986-0800, or forward your request via e-mail to

The license fee for WebSmart PHP starts at $4,250 for up to two developer seats with additional seats priced at $1,950. Or, a site license on a single System i for unlimited developers will cost $13,500. Licensing for multiple systems is also available.

It includes BCD's integrated WebSmart solution (ILE and PHP), Nexus Portal with application frameworks, Clover Query, SmartCharts and Catapult. The single partition price ranges from $14,500 to $26,500 depending on System i family tier.

SmartCharts is included for free, with no annual maintenance, with WebSmart or the suite. It includes 150+ animated flash charts, graphs and KPIs that can be called added to WebSmart.

Nexus Portal offers tight security for controlled and secured access to applications and documents, application frameworks, web menus, enterprise content management, calendars, System i spool file access, and many user tools.

BCD will offer a WebSmart PHP discount to existing WebSmart ILE clients so they can develop in both versions. BCD includes unlimited Technical support with WebSmart PHP and all of its solutions with included warranty or purchased maintenance.

About BCD

Since BCD introduced WebSmart it has become a key development tool for over 1,500 organizations and 1,500,000 end users who rely on the System i including Universal Music Int’l, Starbucks, Formica, Mitsubishi Fuso, Konica Minolta, Canadian Kawasaki and CompUSA.

BCD has received 35+ industry awards, including 12 for WebSmart, for software excellence and has 30 years of experience in the IBM midrange marketplace. Over 30,000 copies of its software products have been licensed worldwide by over 10,000 organizations. BCD is a member of IBM’s System i ISV Advisory Council and is an IBM Advanced Business Partner. All of BCD’s key solutions are included on IBM’s System i Developer Roadmap are IBM ServerProven.