Mike Pavlak to host PHP Workshop at NHMUG user group meeting

Mike Pavlak - Thursday November 7, 2013

Bring your own device PHP Workshop

This is a full day session where the students bring their own laptops and connect to an IBM i LPAR running PHP in the cloud. The workshop includes 4 presentations with 4 corresponding hands on lab sections covering all of the fundamentals of PHP like variable use, arrays, function declarations and calls and more. As IBM i is a significant part of our goals in these discussion we will explore the use of the new Open Source toolkit for calling RPG programs and CL Commands as well as database access using DB2 and MySQL. We will also explore the Object Oriented model of PHP.

Workshop Agenda:

Section 1

  • Introduction to PHP Language Syntax
  • Introduction to HTML
  • Iterative processes in PHP
  • Zend Studio Setup

Section 2

  • PHP Functions
  • Array processing

Section 3

  • Data Access using DB2
  • Data Access using MySQL

Section 4

  • Introduction to Object Oriented PHP
  • Open Source Toolkit
  • IBM i program call from PHP using CL Command execution

Section 5 (Bonus - Time permitting)

  • Overview of Mobile
  • Introduction to MVC
  • Demonstration of Connected Mobile Solutions


Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite. Mike joined Zend Technologies as a Solutions Consultant working with the IBM sales team in 2008 and enjoys helping IBM i customers explore PHP as a state of the art solution for application modernization. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago.

Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids, two dogs, two cats, a leopard spotted gecko, Russian tortoise, two rabbits, and a half dozen fish.

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