I have thought of asking this on the list before, but don't think I
If I have, my apologies for this rerun.
My name is Robert (Bob) Lancaster. I was a programmer on IBM midrange
boxes (System 32/34/38/AS400/iseries) for thirty years until August
2008 when I suffered a massive stroke which placed me in hospital for
11 months, and paralyzed the left side of my body, putting me in a
Although my physical problems continue, my cognitive problems were, for
the most part, short-lived (other than things like occasionally
forgetting whether or not I have sent an email to a mailing list).
I am now on disability, but hope one day to return to the work force,
and am anxious to try my hand at it again. If I still lived in the Los
Angeles area, I could easily find an old client or employer willing to
let me try my hand, but my wife and I moved up here to Salem, Oregon
this year to be near our new grandchild. I have no business contacts
up here at all.
My question to you all:
Do you have any suggestions as to ways I could test my abilities? I
know that there are many things I can't recall now, but would easily
come back with some exposure (things like the function keys within
various utilities), and some things which will take more digging
(Free-format RPG isn't as deeply stored in my brain as is old-school
RPG, for example). My logic and reasoning abilities are pretty well
intact, so I have little fear that my coding and design skills are
lost. All of these things will take some time on an iseries box to
determine and work around.
I have a PC, but none of the old software I once used to connect with
Any and all suggestions for getting me "back in the saddle" would be
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