On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 11:49 PM Jack Tucky <jacktucky@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Imagine going to a user group meeting and the thing you remember most is
not to call it 400. Trevor must be earning his speaking fees.

It was circa 2007/2008 and I personally hadn't touched a greenscreen in a
few years at that point. I was running a PHP user group, and met a few SUG
people through that. I think it was a pure soft skills talk on modernizing
yourself and an IBM i professional, so vernacular is important their. As
someone who has never written a line of RPG, and gets hired by midrange
shops to write PHP, that talk, and considers myself a platform agnostic
developer, any other practical suggestions weren't for me. I'm already more
comfortable with PASE and SFTP than the greenscreen, and if anything need
to be caught up on "old school techniques" so I can better interact with
the devs and operators of my clients.

So please don't judge Trevor's talk by what I take away from them. I'm the
exact opposite of his target audience.

On Sep 22, 2015, at 10:57 PM, PaultinNZ <paultormey@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Could you share that " ... the memo for management to understand
how to explain our system

+ 1 I'd like to read that.

Speaking of audiences, the times I feel compelled to call it an AS/400 is
when I talk to other IT professionals that never used an AS/400, iSeries,
IBM i, or any other midrange about what I'm doing now. Usually I say "I'm
doing PHP and DB2 on the IBM i (AS/400)". Someone, who is at least a decade
my senior, and kinda a big deal in DAMA was in utter shock that RPG is
still a thing when I told her offhand "I'm calling REST services from excel
with VBA, and I'll likely edit RPG from SEU at some point this year." When
I'm talking to non technical people on a client site, or with people that
are actively involved with the IBM i, I use the proper terminology
(although, I'm honestly not sure what to call iSeries era hardware that's
running v7).


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