How can executive management justify keeping iSeries systems when the pool of RPG programmers are of retirement age or so?

Is that a myth promulgated by *IX PHP folk?

At one place I am hearing that one justification for moving off of an iSeries is that no "younger" programmers are interested in learning RPG or it derivitives (ie: RPGILE).

Anyone else encountered this argument?

My view is that RPGILE is just another coding system with a learnable syntax and that much of the user experience is via front ends written in java or .net.

The iSeries is a great db engine serving up data to whoever wants it (or is authorized to it). Tried, true, and trustworthy.

If we are all going to retire at the same moment will the iSeries go poof?

Jerry




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