I was just at a two day user group meeting where over 20 students attended. All of them eager to learn and use IBM i. Granted the the president of the user group WMCPA is also an instructor at the program most of them came from (Gateway in Wisconsin), but there were students from upper middle Wisconsin, and as far away as Muskegon MI.

I also know of several other active and strong academic programs being taught on IBM i. My own view is overall interest in the IT profession is still waning but on the way to waxing strong since Wall Street has lost its luster. That accounts for the lower enrollments in most schools.

Bottom line, you can find new IBM i developers if you look, but a green screen development platform, with no advanced techniques is not going to draw candidates.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 3/28/2012 1:46 PM, Jerry Draper wrote:
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?


-- Jerome Draper, Trilobyte Software Systems, since 1976 iSeries, Network, and Connectivity Specialists -- iSeries, LAN/WAN/VPN Representing WinTronix, Synapse, Netopia, HiT, and others ..... (415) 457-3431; www.trilosoft.com

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