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  • Susan's Turn: My First Job in IT
    11/02/2017
  • Jon's First IT Job
    09/24/2017
  • IBM i News You May Have Missed
    08/16/2017
  • Need Another Reason to Convert to RPG IV?
    06/23/2017
  • The IT Skills Gap
    06/05/2017
  • RPG Open Access - So Misunderstood!

    We heard recently from someone who ran into difficulty using code from one of our recent articles on Open Access because they didn't have the required library QOAR on their system. So they contacted IBM support for help.

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    Posted: January 14, 2015 |

    More RPGers' Wishes

    In our last blog post before the Christmas break we published our Christmas wish list and invited our readers to contribute their own wishes. Whether it is a sign that IBM has at long last satiated RPGers' lust for new features or of pre-Christmas lethargy, we received relatively few suggestions this time. However, the suggestions made are worth discussing.

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    Posted: January 08, 2015 |

    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 |

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