>I'm coming from windows/linux environment where C and Java has been all I
>need so far. I was trying to avoid learning another, very platform
oriented,
>language,

You could use embedded sql in C.  You'll need to learn a few things
specific to the iSeries but not a whole language, and the sql code will be
a lot more portable than the RPG code.

>especially while hearing in the background about how RPG may
>become obsolete.

I doubt that'll happen anytime soon.

>I just hope I will not be spending a lot of time trying to get C and RPG
>working together (for example parameter passing and type compatibility).
>Is there any learning material or good books that you can point out?

This may be helpful:
http://www.opensource400.org/callc.html

The RPG400-L list may be helpful.

Phil



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