I agree.  It's up to us to convince the decision makers that the AS400 and RPG 
is the right choice, and actions speak louder than words.

I reckon AS400s tend to get a slating from Windows/Unix lovers, mainly because 
they don't understand what AS400s can bring to the party.  The general 
perception seems to be that the AS400 is old and outdated.

I've learnt not to try to convince people, but to show them.  If they have a 
problem that they think the AS400 or RPG can't solve, I'll quietly work on a 
solution.  No-one at my company knew we can host web pages for example (CGI 
rocks!!).  Slowly the AS400 and RPG gains a little more respect each time.  

When first learning RPG in '94, I was frustrated with the huge number of 
missing features available in many other languages (local variables!!).  Now - 
I love RPG.  If I can't do something, it's because I don't how yet (not because 
the language prevents me.)

my two cents... 



No, but it could mean (given a change in your IT shop's management)
that RPG is no longer allowed to be used for new development because
it is viewed as being deficient in some way or another.  That your
tried and true RPG apps that are tuned to your business processes are
going to be targeted for replacement by crap that the VB kids are
writing or some one-size-fits-all package written in .NET with a SQL
Server backend because your old VP of IT (who began his career as the
only IT employee when you bought your first S36) retired and was
replaced by some knothead with an MBA who thinks 5250 is DOS.

The reality of the situation (that I can do anything on the back-end
in RPG that someone else can do in Java/C++/etc at least as well if
not better) is meaningless.  If people in your shop aren't pushing the
envelope with what RPG can do, the stereotype is perpetuated.

It has nothing to do with age.  It has everything to do with attitude.

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