Booth -

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 else.

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.

- sjl

"Booth Martin" wrote in message news:mailman.9232.1358040236.10847.midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx...

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?

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