The writers at iDevelop bring up an interesting analogy: Is the IBM i — and its many feature sets — becoming like the tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it?
As proof, the blog cites an example of their own ignorance of a particular IBM i feature. Take a look:
Case in point. We try to keep up with the majority of new stuff, particularly in as much as it affects application development, but we missed this one. It concerns the ability of an RPG program to directly create PDF files. This topic is near and dear to the hearts of many of our clients and often comes up in internet lists. Yet we’ve seen nothing about this–it is buried in the “What’s New” documentation and even once we knew that it was there it still took some time to find it.
This goes beyond just RPG abilities on the System i, of course. If IBM isn’t out there selling the System i to anyone other than people already on the System i, who even knows about it? The tree falling in the forest is slowly disappearing because there are fewer and fewer people around to hear it fall.