What technologies are predominantly in use near where you live? In
Milwaukee where I am, it's a Microsoft town, so if I left the platform, I'd
have to learn .Net and Windows administration. (yuck, but that's what the
job market demands around here)

Presuming you know SQL already along with your IBM i skills:

If it's .Net, then learn Visual Studio and one of those languages, with C#
being my first choice since it's as close to Java as you can get without
being Java.

If it's open source stuff, then HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and pick one of the
list of options. Ruby, Node.js, python are all good choices, but it really
depends on what's being asked for in the job market.

In the end, if you are a developer, the language becomes another syntax, the
OS is another set of commands to learn, and the development environment will
be one of a couple of IDEs. It may be heresy on this list to suggest this
but in the end we all have to do what's right for us.

Jim Oberholtzer
Agile Technology Architects

-----Original Message-----
From: WEB400 <web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Kelley
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:31 AM
To: web400@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Looking for Advice/Suggestions

That IS the question. Currently, there are no advertised IBM i jobs
available within a reasonable driving distance from my home. Relocation
would be extremely difficult due to other obligations. I'd like to stay in
the IBM i area, it's given me a good life thus far. Due to the way in which
we're being shutdown, there is the possibility of retraining. I have a
number of options available and a little bit of time to figure it out. If
anyone else has been through something similar, I'd love to know what you


On 10/29/2019 2:47 AM, Colin Williams wrote:
What are your future plans? Are you looking to cross train to another
platform or sticking with the I?

On Mon, 28 Oct 2019, 12:56 Kelley, <kelley.work@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

This is purely an educational adventure for me. My approach to this
exercise is that the business logic will stay on the IBM i.

In reality, the facility I work at will be shutting down in the next few
months. We are the only facility that uses an IBM i. All of our code
will be transferred to tape and placed in a fault.

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