Experimental Node.js Chatserver For IBM i
February 23, 2015 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Rainer Ross, the intrepid IBM i developer that we profiled in The Four Hundred a few weeks ago because he had developed a hotel search engine that mashed up the IBM i platform with Big Blue’s Watson cognitive analytics software, has another project he has been working on. And Ross wants to get the word out that all of us need to work to get more applications running on the Power Systems-IBM i combination to ensure the longevity of the platform.
First, here is his sense of what we have to do to broaden the appeal of IBM i. “I think, it is very important and a ‘must have’ for the IBM i operating system to be running very cool applications on this box,” Ross wrote in an email exchange with us after we published out initial story. “Today the Web developer community is focused on Intel boxes rather than IBM i boxes. But the IBM i platform is a very good Web server.”
One, Ross adds, with the following attributes:
“The Chatserver is very simple and non-commercial, but it is a test of using the HTML5-Websockets in combination with a IBM i server,” explains Ross. “I have not tested this with a large number of users, but it is a good idea to do this in IBM’s labs.”
If you want to connect with Ross to work on IBM i projects, you can link to him on Xing, which is an analog to LinkedIn. Ross’ Xing profile is at www.xing.com/profile/Rainer_Ross2.
If any of you are working on Node.js projects on IBM i, let us know and we are happy to tell the IBM i community about them.