Are You an AS/400 Developer Looking for a Job?

Posted by Bill Onion

April 6, 2015 | 1:04 PM

I was recently interviewing a candidate in my office whose situation is a common one: he is an RPG developer and his company is migrating to a new platform. This is a dilemma I hear often from people who are self-described AS/400 Developers with years of experience on the 400. They are experts in CL programming, SDA, PDM, and even RLU, but they are having trouble finding a job in the AS/400 market as they find that the market is shrinking.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG

Did You Inherit an AS/400?

Posted by Bill Onion

February 27, 2015 | 1:27 PM

Congratulations! You have been promoted to a new role within your organization, and along with the title you have new responsibilities and a new team. And, somehow along the way, you inherited an AS/400. You might be asking yourself, “What’s an AS/400?” or “Isn’t that an old hardware system with cranky developers?” or even “I thought that green screen system was dead.” There are still plenty of rumors out there – the AS/400 is a dinosaur (true), the talent pool is shrinking (true), and the AS/400 is a closed system and cannot integrate with anything else (true). However, it’s not as bad as it seems.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG

Are You Ready for the End of V6R1?

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

October 17, 2014 | 9:51 AM

IBM Power i, formerly known as iSeries and AS/400, is known throughout the industry for its stability and reliability. “It just runs,” is often heard in our office when asked why our IBM Power i team loves working with the server. But because the Power i “just runs,” it is easy to forget to keep it updated.

Beyond a general tendency to forget to update, there are plenty of reasons why your company may have not yet upgraded to V7R1: budget and time constraints, the formidable task of updating third party software, and a false perception of no added business value. However, none of these reasons is more daunting than the fact that IBM is withdrawing support for the Operating System V6R1 starting on September 30, 2015.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG

RAD: IBM’s WebSphere Development Studio Client Tool

Posted by Mike Iaconis

April 3, 2012 | 11:00 AM

As a Senior Developer, I spend an incredible amount of time designing, testing and profiling applications for Briteskies’ customers, more specifically working on iSeries and JD Edwards integration projects. With all the tools that are available to assist the developer in his perpetual quest for knowledge, I’ve found that the Rational Developer, IBM’s WebSphere Development Studio client tool which is referred to as WDSc or RAD as of late, provides great advantages with a wealth of information at your fingertips.

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Topics: IBM WebSphere Commerce, RPG

Commuting and Computing (Part 1) - RPG/iSeries

Posted by Kevin McCarthy, Sr.

August 5, 2011 | 11:00 AM

There was a period in the 1990s when automobile designers became infatuated with cup holders. They had it all, flip up, flip down, rubber gaskets - even one that popped out of the dashboard like a CD tray. I owned a minivan that actually had MORE cup holders than it could carry passengers! I am all for improvement and change, but why monkey with a design that works?

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Topics: Technology, IBM i, RPG

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