IBM has a distinct problem with the System i: Getting the younger crowd excited about developing on the platform. You can call it by any name you want — the AS/400, iSeries or System i, but it is the reputation of the platform as an ancient one that scares away kids who have been corn-fed Linux and Java for most of their young lives. Developing a program to write payroll checks in RPG doesn’t always satisfy their short-attention-span minds.
South Central College in Mankato, Minn. is trying to change that. The college offers System i and RPG classes by first sticking the right students with the programming bug, and then sucking them into RPG and System i with promises of a good-paying job in the future.