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  • An RPGer's Christmas Wish List

    Around this time of year we often start thinking of our RPGer's Christmas wish list--all of the things we’d like Santa to bring us next year.

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    Posted: December 16, 2014 |

    RSE Tipping Point?

    We were asked recently how many IBM i shops use RSE (Remote System Explorer - currently packaged in RDi - Rational Developer for i). Obviously, we have no way of knowing that for sure. 

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    Posted: December 12, 2014 |

    Thankful for Local User Groups

    We seem to have a developed something of a Thanksgiving week tradition. For the last several years we have been invited to lead a session for the Atlanta-based IBM i local user group—now called IBM iTech, formerly known as AMCU.

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    Posted: November 26, 2014 |

    Is “Not Invented Here” Sometimes a Good Idea?

    We’ve both been reading Dan Ariely’s “The Upside of Irrationality” recently. One of the points he makes is how damaging the NIH syndrome can be to a company. 

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    Posted: November 13, 2014 |

    Everything Changes--Or Does It?

    Jon Paris and Susan Gantner reminisce about the early days of the Internet and lament how little has changed for some IBM i shops.

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    Posted: November 05, 2014 |

    Time to Get Kids Coding

    The Hour of Code is Dec. 8-14, 2014. Time to get the word out and get your local high schools engaged.

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    Posted: October 28, 2014 |

    Good News For Mac Users

    Back in June of this year, IBMs Tim Rowe wrote a blog post titled Keeping iAccess Current in which he mentioned the availability of new iAccess clients for UNIX/Linux and Mac. At the time we were happy enough with the 5250 emulators we were using and so didnt see any particular compelling reason to check out the new offering.

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    Posted: October 22, 2014 |

    Writing Unmaintainable Code

    This week we thought wed introduce you to a great essay titled, "How to Write Unmaintainable Code." It will provide you with some weekend reading and should make you think hard about your own development style.

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    Posted: October 17, 2014 |

    More RPG Language Goodies

    Sorry we missed writing a blog post last week—we were hard at work filling the brains of the attendees at the RPG & DB2 Summit. One of our guest speakers was IBM’s RPG compiler queen, Barbara Morris, and of course she was asked what enhancements we might expect to see in future updates to RPG. In her customary fashion, Barbara would not give away any secrets, but did tell the questioner that they wouldn’t have long to wait to find out. Sorry we missed writing a blog

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    Posted: October 07, 2014 |

    Old Programmers Never Die ...

    A reader sent us a link to a discussion he thought would interest us and it did (thanks, Bill!). The subject is "Do people lose interest in programming as they age?" Hmmmmm … whatever do you think made him think of us?

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    Posted: September 23, 2014 |

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