David said: I'm very pleased to announce that the job of Moderator and list owner for the JAVA400-L Mailing list is being passed to Joe Pluta. In recent months the JAVA400 mailing list has languashed from lack of attention on my part. I decided that what it really needed was a JAVA/AS400 advocate... Joe Pluta combines both those attributes in spades. --------- Thanks for the endorsement, David! I thought I would say hello. As David pointed out, my name is Joe Pluta. I'm also known (for a long and convoluted reason) as Zappie; my website is www.zappie.net, and I hope you'll all come visit. My goal is simple: to make Java accessible to AS/400 programmers. I tout my website as "the place where the AS/400 speaks Java with an RPG accent". You may have noticed my posts about JDB/400 and JBUI - free packages designed to allow people with AS/400 programming skills develop GUI programs in Java, using techniques familiar to RPG programmers. As the summer progresses, you'll see more and more of those packages from me. Why am I doing this? Well, part of me does it because, well, because it's there. I finally have a graphical language I feel comfortable with, and I want it to work with the best database machine in existence (yeah, I'm an AS/400 bigot - so sue me <grin>). But while I've got a lot of years of OOP background, many of us don't. Alot of darned good programmers come from S/3 backgrounds and have never written a line of code on a PC. And while that was fine until fairly recently, it's not going to be the case in the new millenium. Those of us who have the business knowledge, the application expertise, the industry savvy, are in danger of being pushed aside by people who can paint pretty screens on the Internet. We can't let that happen. Instead, we need to share our common wisdom and pull each other up by our collective bootstraps, and make sure our voices are heard. But in order to do that, we need to equip ourselves with the tools to do the job. And to my mind, Java is one of those tools. It's the graphical piece the AS/400 has been lacking for so long. With Java, we can write a client once and run it on any platform. With good, solid server design, we can use the AS/400 as the central repository of business rules and persistent data in a widespread computing network. Unfortunately, we can't learn Java overnight. As even major software vendors are finding out, the move to Java is not one to be taken lightly. And most of us have real jobs, where we can't afford to just disappear for three or four months learning an entirely different paradigm. Instead, if we want to use Jave we have to learn it on our own, at least until we can make it useful. My goal is for all of us to learn the basics of Java, then to begin to apply those to redploying our existing code, taking advantage of as much legacy code as possible. Then we can begin a strategy of systematically eliminating the bad stuff and replacing it with OOP, a little at a time. I have no definite goals in mind, other than to learn. I hope you'll join me. Joe "Zappie" Pluta www.zappie.net/java where the AS/400 speaks Java with an RPG accent +--- | This is the JAVA/400 Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to JAVA400-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to JAVA400-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to JAVA400-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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