Connecting the Dots

11-17-2015, Meetings, Directors

Building Web Applications with PHP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript

This presentation will provide an overview of how browser-based database applications work, with an IBM i/RPG audience in mind. It will demonstrate the client-side languages -- HTML, CSS and JavaScript -- and show how PHP scripts running on a server can dynamically build web pages including content from an IBM i/DB2 database.

We will discuss the HTTP protocol and how web servers work with HTML and PHP, look at some common formatting techniques in HTML and CSS, demonstrate how HTML forms interact with PHP scripts, and show what JavaScript is and how it makes the browser more functional. With these basic concepts in mind, you should be able to make better decisions about web-enabling your legacy databases.


John Valance has worked on the IBM Midrange platform since 1983 and on Web development since 1998. With a strong background in both RPG and Web development, John enjoys sharing his knowledge with the IBM Midrange community.


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