WebSmart PHP is more than an IDE, it is a complete PHP Rapid Web Application Development tool. Read the top reasons to choose WebSmart PHP.
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WebSmart PHP comes with modifiable intelligent templates and wizards that make it easy for you to build fully functional System i or multi-platform PHP web applications that use database functions for DB2 SQL, Record Level Access and MySQL. Whereas most other PHP editors start you with a blank palette, WebSmart PHP templates guide you through the steps to perform specific functions, such as working with data (add, change, delete, search or list records), or input-capable lists for transaction-oriented applications, etc. It also automatically creates a professional looking app by generating the HTML and CSS for you.
Templates provide a teaching tool for your staff, as all the PHP and MySQL or DB2 code is generated for them, providing great examples to learn from. This is ideal for RPG programmers new to web development or to PHP developers new to the System i or needing a faster way to create PHP apps. Once you've created a PHP program using the templates, you can modify and enhance the code infinitely using WebSmart's integrated PHP code editor in native PHP code.
WebSmart PHP is highly optimized for the System i developer and platform. It incorporates all native Zend Core System i centric functions and has unique functions such as setting library lists, an integral part of traditional System i applications. WebSmart PHP gives you flexibility for referencing database files or calling existing RPG or other ILE programs to leverage your legacy RPG code base. WebSmart PHP lets you use either DB2 SQL or record level access functions which RPG programmers will immediately understand.
WebSmart PHP's IDE is a complete IDE with the following features that help speed up development and eliminate coding errors:
WebSmart PHP includes a visual HTML editor and separates the content presentation (HTML) from the logic (PHP), often referred to as MVC. Developers get to see what their finished application will look like as they work on it. This helps eliminate one of the initial barriers to creating web applications - it minimizes the need to know how to code HTML. The visual HTML design tool makes it easy to drag-and-drop HTML design elements or database fields on your page layouts and includes HTML wizards and supports CSS.
Separating content (page design) from behavior (programming logic), commonly referred to as MVC (Model-View-Controller) makes code easier to read and easier to re-use. WebSmart PHP promotes this development approach through unique features that let you work on presentation design (HTML) separate from server logic (PHP), instead of having your PHP intermingled with HTML.
WebSmart creates nonproprietary PHP code which can be run on any PHP supported platform without requiring a server license. WebSmart PHP developers can modify the PHP code directly in the IDE and anything that is supported in PHP is supported in WebSmart PHP. PHP is an open source programming language created specifically for web development. It is one of the most popular languages for web development with over 22 million web sites created with PHP and over 2 million PHP developers coding with it. There are also thousands of free scripts available and the PHP open source community is very active.
WebSmart PHP applications can be hosted on any PHP support platform such as the System i, Unix, Linux or Windows and it can easily connect to databases hosted on various platforms - DB2/400 on System i, MySQL on other platforms and any other databases supported by the platform the PHP app is hosted on.
Project management features are included and built into WebSmart and have the following features to facilitate group development projects:
The Central Repository lets you define business, database and presentation rules at the database level, providing powerful data modeling capabilities that save you time and makes coding more consistent. For example, if you associate a Customer Master File with a Customer list popup window with the Customer number in an Orders file, when you write your Order Entry application WebSmart PHP will automatically include code to show that Customer pop-up window. Rules only needs to be defined once in a definition and any new definition will adopt these changes.
WebSmart PHP lets you develop new web applications for any industry or application and is ideal for both simple or sophisticated applications. You can create B2B, B2C and e-Commerce sites including on-line ordering, inquiries and maintenance programs, and implement browser-based or SOA (web services) applications. WebSmart PHP supports everything that can be done using PHP including:
WebSmart PHP is part of BCD's System i Modernization Suite, a complete application and business process integrated suite, which gives you the option to select any of the following components: System i web portal, RPG CGI or PHP Web development, flash graphs, Web query and reporting, and automated report distribution.
If you are new to PHP or to web development, technical support services can be very important. Our technical support team is ranked in 98th percentile in customer satisfaction surveys. Our support agreements provide you with unlimited phone, email and web support for the life of the agreement and during your evaluation period. When you call BCD Support, a technical representative will answer the phone, use desktop sharing when beneficial and your emails will receive a rapid reply during normal business hours. We encourage our clients and prospects to call whenever we can be of help. We are here to support you and to help you succeed.
Thousands of organizations and end-users depend on applications created with WebSmart ILE including users from Starbucks (4,500+ stores), CompUSA, Goodyear, Universal Music (70+ countries), Hickory Farms, Formica, Kawasaki, Mallinckrodt, City, County and State Governments, and more. Our extensive list of customers has helped WebSmart accomplish the following:
You can comfortably put your trust in BCD and our 20 years of experience in developing leading edge development tools, and our 30+ years as an industry leader. Thousands of customers have enjoyed great success with our technology, support and ongoing development efforts. We are committed to the iSeries and provide the best web development technology and solutions available in the iSeries marketplace.
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