The Toronto Users Group  
 for Power Systems (TUG) is a user group/forum for the exchange  
 of ideas, and specializes  
 in providing affordable 
  education relating to the  
 IBM iSeries, AS/400,  
 System i, and Power Systems platforms.  

 TUG is in its 26th year of operation.


Register now for the next TUG MoM —
(Sept. 22 at the Living Arts Centre Mississauga)

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5:00 pm

Topic: Recent IBM POWER 7 Announcements
"What They Mean for System i Users"

Speaker: Dale Perkins

Dale Perkins is a Consulting IT Specialist with IBM providing Technical Support for Power Systems. He works directly with IBM customers primarily in the Finance and Retail industries to assist them in building robust and flexible infrastructures. Dale has been with IBM for 30 years, focusing on the midrange product line, starting with the System/34 and the System/38.

During his time at IBM he has spent most of his time working directly with accounts. His roles have included, Systems Architect and national responsibility for Server Consolidation on System i, and new workloads like windows integration and telephony. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan and is an IBM Certified IT Specialist.

6:00 pm — Intermission (Free Buffet & Social)

7:00 pm

Topic: Web UI Technology
Speaker: Vic Metcalfe

Just as ANSI and 5250 terminals were the universal client of the past, the Web has become today’s universal client. Programmers need to understand HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build Web front-ends, and at least one server side technology such as PHP to build modern Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s). In this talk, Vic Metcalfe, who has been working with PHP and other web technology for over 12 years, will walk you through each of these components so that you will understand the role of each in building Rich Internet applications.

Vic's presentation will include an introduction and coding samples for HTML and XHTML, review the key tags, design sample lists and tables, show the role of HTML, XHTML, and HTML 5 validation, and discuss viable editors including notepad, vi, Dreamweaver, etc. Vic will also introduce Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Web forms and will touch on systems integration issues. This session is an excellent pre-requisite for understanding how to deploy PHP and other dynamic Web UI development tools in an IBM Systems environment.

Vic Metcalfe has over 12 years experience in Internet and Web-based application design, architecture and development. He is a world-class PHP resource and has used his skill in multiple capacities. Vic is President of Zymurgy Systems, which is an ISV and creator of a variety of PHP-based software offerings including medical systems, media systems, content management and project management tools. Vic has also run CANTECH Systems, a hosting and ISP services company which has hosted thousands of sites and customers. Vic is currently involved in IBM Systems consulting, education, and design through the company COSAM Systems Inc.

Many TUG members may recall Vic as the person who hosted and introduced Zend co-founder Zeev Suraski at the TEC 2010 keynote event. Vic is an ardent PHP evangelist and community leader who is also supporting TUG’s “Night School at Seneca” classes, teaching PHP and HTML hands-on development.


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