Undoubtedly you are right.   

Years ago I made a the decision to stay with IBM products and IBM solutions.
 When IBM embraced Java in 1995 and 1996 I made the further choice that the
Java development and learning curve would be ten years, far too long to be
useful at this late stage in my working life.  

Apparently the RPG market is drying up much faster than I'd expected.  

ah well.... 
Booth Martin
-------Original Message-------
From: Consulting on the iSeries / AS400
Date: 07/09/04 11:27:59
To: 'Consulting on the iSeries / AS400'
Subject: RE: [Consult400] How/where is the action? Or is there any?
You need to broaden your horizons beyond the iSeries if you want to remain
busy with contract work.   I started on the System 3 years ago, moved
through the S34/36/38/AS400.   For years and years I was always able to work
every hour I had available and more.   I saw the market changing and started
to train myself in the Microsoft Development tools, VB, Access, SQL Server.
I still have iSeries accounts but more and more, my work is Microsoft
centric.   The last year, I've been busier than ever in my 30 year career.
-----Original Message-----
From: michaelr_41@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:michaelr_41@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2004 12:24 PM
To: Consulting on the iSeries / AS400
Subject: Re: [Consult400] How/where is the action? Or is there any?
It seems the market is decent, just smaller. I seem to be finding decent
gigs, and some are long-term, but there isn't as much selection.
On Thu, 8 Jul 2004 12:21:24 -0700 (PDT), "Richard Reeve"
<richreeve@xxxxxxxxx> said:
>      I wish that the news were brighter.  If you listen/believe what many
>      of the recruiters have to say then your confidence may increase.
>      However, from my personal standpoint, I don't see things as being a
>      whole loot better than they have been for the past few years.  Gone
>      are the days of high paying long term contracts.  I have accepted
>      contracts for half of what I was billing 10 years ago.
>      While I enjoy the freedom of contracting, I am giving serious
>      consideration of going back to a 'real job'.
>      Best of luck to you.  Let me know how things go for you.
> Regards,
> Rich
> Booth Martin <booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> How/where is the action? Or is there any?
> It is time to look for another contract and I am wondering what the water
> is
> like out there.
> ---------------------------------
> Booth Martin
> http://www.martinvt.com
> ---------------------------------

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