It seems that in more and more System i educational classes, there are growing numbers of Java and .Net developers sitting in aside the RPG developers. This according to a post over at iDevelop. As the post says, “Quite often the non-RPGers don’t hang around for the RPG-specific topics in our courses. We customize all of our on-site classes so that our clients can mix RSE/WDSC with RPG or SQL or XML topics as needed for their requirements. This sometimes means the non-RPGers come and go throughout the class.”
That’s not always the case, however. During one class, there was a System i shop whose developers sat through everything no matter what, and in some cases, the non-RPGers did better on the RPG exercises than some of the old RPG pros. Their reasoning? The shop “integrates nearly all of their development projects” with System i developers working alongside non-i folks every step of the way, leading to what the blog post calls an “amazing synergy.”
When we work with such teams it is also apparent that this collaboration has resulted in the non-i folks gaining a true appreciation both for the i platform and the power and simplicity of RPG. It would seem that a good way to get a truly integrated application is to truly integrate the programmers creating it.
That sounds about right.