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September 21, 2009  3:18 AM

COBOL turns 50

Posted by: Leah Rosin
COBOL, IBM System i programming, Programming

On Friday evening, I was browsing the Twitterverse and saw that I had missed some fun news. On Friday, September 18th, 2009, the COmmon Business Oriented Language (COBOL) turned 50. Though, earlier articles claimed that it's

August 6, 2009  4:04 PM

Getting a Ruby on Rails port to the System i platform

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i programming

Recent surveys show that Ruby on Rails, an open source scripting language, is growing in popularity. According to a recent survey by Evans Data, the use of Ruby has grown by 40% in the last...

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June 23, 2009  4:17 PM

RPG as a service

Posted by: Leah Rosin
cloud computing, IBM i, IBM System i programming, IBM System i staffing, RPG on System i, RPGAAS

Beyond the world of IBM i, the hottest topic in IT right now is "Cloud Computing," which is essentially a mix of platform and software-as-a-service (PaaS and SaaS) offerings that are available on-demand. So it was with a little amusement and...

March 12, 2009  3:02 AM

YiPs update: conference call tomorrow

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i programming, IBM System i user groups

The Young i Professionals will hold a conference call tomorrow to update the group's work in open source applications and so-called sandbox applications it has made available to IBM System i users on its site, such as

February 26, 2009  1:25 PM

Train your RPG employees and pay them well

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i, IBM System i programming, IBM System i staffing, RPG on System i

It turns out that the secret to retaining good RPG programmers is simple: pay them above average, and train them well. Is this different from any other profession? Probably not, but in the System i world, holding onto good RPG talent and keeping them happy is not an easy task. During a surprise...


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