On 7/5/2017 12:52 PM, John Yeung wrote:

In my mind, the only thing that could*supplant* RPG is another
"native" language that runs within QSYS.LIB. It would have to be far
superior to RPG to overcome inertial effects that have been mentioned
several times in this thread. No such language already exists[1], and
it seems extremely unlikely that anybody (in or outside of IBM) is
both willing and able to design and implement such a language.
The cool thing here is that the lure of the OSS languages is attracting new folks to the platform and my hope is that the populating of the gene pool leads to some ideas that are not constrained by a 30 year legacy of writing in RPG. While I don't expect that a Python or Ruby programmer will come to the platform and say "Finally, a stable environment I can securely run in!" and stay, I do hope that the same "non traditional" programmer will explore the strengths of the platform and *may* come up with a language or framework that leverages all the strengths to become a native language that runs within QSYS.LIB. We are the only community that can do this. It won't come from IBM (I don't think). The seeds will come from "outside" but then grow within the constructs of the IBM i ecosystem. My *hope* at least.

Pete Helgren
GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java
Twitter - Sys_i_Geek IBM_i_Geek

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