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:
Today the shift in technologies to Web 2.0 based technology, AJAX and
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
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
technologies you are using.