Walden,

Been a long time, but I left IBM and am back in the mainstream. Sadly the
iSeries aka IBM i Operating System is on its way to extinction IMHO and in a
very short period of time. Read details in my blog:
http://i-nsider.blogspot.com/

Today the shift in technologies to Web 2.0 based technology, AJAX and
browser centric tooling around JavaScript, Google Widgets, Dojo, etc.
coupled with SOA or at least Web Service based applications are the
direction of today and our beloved old iSeries does not play well in the
space.

At IBM I was an advocate for EGL and still am. Java is great, but too over
the top complex and time consuming for business application development.
EGL leverages Java and Web 2.0 but is fast and easy.

PHP is great but too complex and doesn't do enough. Its really no more than
old Net.Data was, or CGIDEV2 is -- a bridge between programs or data on the
server and HTML and JavaScript on the browser. You have to learn all of the
technologies you are using.


On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM, Walden H. Leverich <
WaldenL@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Yes, it means that he has to invest some time to get his head around
new
concepts, but then again that's how the technologically field always
was.

That's how the non-i technology field always was, but unfortunately (yes
UNfortunately) that's not how the i technology field was. Seriously,
what _new_ concepts did a RPG programmer need to learn from RPG on the
38 to early 90s RPG to late 90s RPG? Sure, ILE was introduced in there,
but _many_ developers didn't (and still don't) take advantage of what
was offered there. Other than that what did we get as programmers that
forced us to keep current in our training? A new opcode or two every
other year? Hardly a parallel to the massive evolution that happened
(and continues to happen) in the non-i world. The i community is
starting to get a taste of it with Java -> PHP, Pase -> Linux, but we're
still rather isolated.

-Walden

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