I got my start in '73 because the company (admittedly a medium-sized one)
for which I worked insisted that they train their own programmers. Small
companies, such as my current and previous employer, may have problems with
this concept since I am/was the only IBM i programmer. I have trained
programmers at other companies; hopefully they progressed beyond whatever I
could teach them (some, I know, washed out, though).

I, also, remember an ad in 1990 that wanted "AS/400 programmer with 3 years
experience". No mention of S/38, mind you. While it has benefited me
personally, I just don't understand why companies capable of nurturing staff
refuse to do so.

Jerry C. Adams
IBM i Programmer/Analyst
Why can't the Jews and the Arabs just sit down together and settle this like
good Christians. - Arthur Balfour, British statesman
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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jerry Draper
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:47 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RPGILE programmers and the future of iSeries

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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