Sad to say, but for new installations, there may be companies using IBM
Power Systems but IMHO IBM i is a dead technology. Very few if any
companies are interested in buying software written in RPG other than those
companies who have legacy systems written in RPG.
As for me:
Giving up the idea that there is a future for RPG programmers other than
keeping the current systems running until they get converted to something
I have been retraining myself for just that purpose:
I am learning other databases and ETL tools so that when the RPG work runs
out I can eventually help companies convert to other platforms.
To that end, In my lab I have set up systems running MySQL, SQL Server,
Oracle, and PostgreSQL and learning how to use various tools to move data
between different database systems.
"Booth Martin" wrote in message
Hopefully this will be written well enough to start a discussion and
avoid religious wars. My goal is to fairly hear the experiences and
conclusions from those who have already traveled this path.
What works? What has a broad base of support? Where is IBM going with
the user interface? How are designers, analysts, and developers moving
forward with the i?
I want to develop my own skills to get the job done, and I am seeing far
too many choices out there to feel comfortable with my ability to pick
the right paths forward. I have spent time working with: VARPG, OS/2,
GWT, Java, HTML, JSON, XML, Zend & PHP, EGL, and other offerings. The
more I learn, the more uncomfortable I become with my skill at making
choices; hence this desire to hear what others have to say.
So, what is _your_ opinion of where the future lies for RPG programmers?