:) It seems you might need to tread carefully, then - as Booth said, maybe answer questions with questions for a bit.

On another tack, no matter what will be done for new development, every shop will have an extensive catalog of any of the version of RPG available since they got the machine - we have at least 25 and maybe 30+ year-old code here - RPG II and up - I might even posit that in this context, the "modern" programmer will be able to work with everything they will run across.

Please take that last bit only marginally seriously! But if the place has not used WDSC or RDi, there is likely to be some of the older stuff.

Now they might also be looking for an opportunity to move forward. There lie many traps, so beware, eh?

Good luck!
Vern

On 2/4/2018 9:10 PM, Thomas Burrows wrote:
Booth good point about the version release level. To my knowledge this shop
was not using RDI the last time I knew anything of the company.

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 9:07 PM, Booth Martin <booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Reading the original request in the context of an iSeries shop advertising
for a programmer, I see a couple of points.

First, a counter question might be to ask the version of their system(s).
The answer to that question might go a long ways in the discussion. Plus,
it shows that the applicant is at least aware that the version level makes
a lot of difference in what can be done.

Second, there would be nothing wrong in explaining you aren't sure what
they mean by "modern programming", and respond using many of the comments
here.


On 2/4/2018 8:39 PM, Jack Woehr wrote:

Modern programming is a silly concept, as we who program IBM systems know:
programming is layered, and some of the strata are geological.

But what's very big today is microservices.

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