IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 19
Why are open-source languages so
powerful? Simply put, they allow you
to tap into the inventions of millions of
developers, and that's why you should
consider adopting them.
Here's one really big reason:
Innovation is happening at
mind-numbing speeds in
the open-source community.
PHP, Python, Ruby and other
languages have a large (and
growing) suite of packages. At this
moment, over 650,000 packages
are available for Node.js!
In total, the open-source realm
offers millions of solutions, and
many of them address real-life
business needs such as security,
commerce, analytics, social media,
etc. Whether you're looking for a
turnkey solution or an essential
building block, it's out there. If you
leverage open-source languages,
expect to see favorable results in
development costs and time
But that's not all. This
open-source technology can be
easily integrated with the rest of
the platform. The IBM i community
has delivered integration pieces
that enable open-source tools and
languages to join forces with Db2*,
RPG or other ILE workloads. It's
simple to do things like loading
data from the database or calling a
What does this mean? IBM i
clients can reap the benefits of
countless open-source solutions.
Whether augmenting your
core business applications or
implementing new solutions, it
makes sense to use it!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
Learn more about open
source for IBM i
IBM developerWorks page on open-source technologies:
IBM developerWorks page on open-source RPMs:
Jesse Gorzinski's blog: bit.ly/2vJJSvP
Picking the Right Tool
If you leverage
expect to see
costs and time to
RPG has often been, and will
continue to be, the workhorse
for IBM i applications.
Sometimes, though, an
open-source language is simply
the "right tool for the job."
The IBM i community has
been noticing, too. The 2018
IBM i Marketplace Survey from
HelpSystems shows almost
a third of respondents using
PHP, and a growing number
of people are using Node.js
or Python (bit.ly/2v6ml84).
Even more impressive, over 75
percent of respondents are using
open-source development tools.
You'll also see Fresh Faces
members using emerging
technologies, and several
recently-released case studies
innovation on the platform.
Without a doubt, these great
technologies have a place on
Why are open-source
languages so powerful?
Simply put, they allow you
to tap into the inventions of
millions of developers, and
that's why you should consider
ibmsystemsmag.com JUNE 2018 // 19