At 11:37 PM 3/1/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I have been a follower of the list for about a year now.  Every time
>Common rolls around there is a lot of talk and excitement preceding it.
>I have never attend a Common event but have attended IBM's AS/400
>Technical Conferences (I was in Atlanta in November) and have enjoyed
>them.  Can anyone give me an opinion on which is better and why?  Why
>doesn't anyone talk about the IBM conference in this forum?
The good news about the IBM conferences is that are managed (or mismanaged)
by IBM.  The bad news is that you get the Gospel according to IBM.  For
example, IBM was extolling the virtues of V3R1 for many months before
someone got up at COMMON and said that V3R1 "sucks".  (Ultimately Bob Dies
[AS/400 GM at the time got up and apologized for V3R1.)

Another example:  The recent IBM announcements extolled the virtues of
Java, which very few people are using.  The neglected to mention a trivial
language (that probably a few people are using) like RPG.

For the most part, the IBM conferences only feature IBM speakers.  Pick for


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