prabhat mishra,

I would start with education.

First, there's formal classroom education. In my experience community
colleges often offer a better choice of education. Often located closer
to where you live and work allowing you to further your education while
saving on living expenses and continuing to work. Finding educational
institutions which offer IBM i based education is a tougher choice.
Educational institutions often stick to closed proprietary legacy systems
based off of Windows or Apple. But there are ones which offer education
on the i - you just have to look a little harder.

Then there are computer based training (or CBT) options like
http://www.ibmuser.com/
http://www.as400online.com/index.htm
http://www.mantatech.com/
Some of the above also offer web based training.

IBM offers education at
http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/education/

There are other places which specialize in education like:
http://partner400.com/

There are conferences (but you better have some education first) like
http://www.common.org

I have no suggestions for books to offer as far as a mythical "How to
develop applications for the IBM i for Dummies". There are books out
there for the platform however.

You could get some general IT education and try to get an internship with
an IBM i shop. Although this summer we hired 1 intern for every 10
salaried employees only one was in IT and it wasn't for IBM i development.
He was just hired on full time. Not bad for a person who couldn't go
from one plant to the next when he was first interning because the terms
of his parole didn't allow that.

PS: You can actually start a new thread on these lists by typing in an
address on the "to:" line in your email program. Or by adding the list
address in your contacts. Replying to a thread to start a new one looks
strange in the archives. And replying WITH HISTORY and not even changing
the subject line really vexes people. Therefore it doesn't leave them to
be inclined to put your resume' at the top.


Rob Berendt

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