In 2009 RPG IV advocate Bob Cozzi set out to create a so called Content Management System or "CMS" to publish web content using IBM i and RPG IV. This system had 4 requirements:
The early prototype was a website called ClassAnova.com and is still in use today, albeit for non-midrange purposes. After ClassAnova.com was built, Cozzi set out to make the core engine work for anyone who wanted to set up a CMS on their System i without resorting to Perle, PHP, Java, or other technologies. While those technologies can certainly work with the CMS Cozzi eventually created, they added very few benefits and were not incorporated into the CMS itself.
Release 2 of the CMS was renamed NOVA or more accurately, "NOVA CMS". Most people think this was a shorted form of the CLASSANOVA name from the original beta version of the CMS engine. But the reality is, it was named for the model of the first (used) car Bob Cozzi purchased; a 1972 Chevy Nova.
The first production release of NOVA CMS is midrangeNews.com a global place for IBM i and RPG IV Professionals to share solutions. Cozzi has always been an advocate of giving people solutions rather than trying to impress them with what he knows. In fact when he started his own small business in 1983, its slogan, which is still applicable today was "Providing the Solutions".
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