Should I learn COBOL or RPG?

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AS/400 administration
AS/400 Administrator
COBOL
I am working on AS/400 as admin, now I want a development job on AS 400, what should I learn, COBOL or RPG? 

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AS 400
ASKED: March 3, 2011  6:36 AM
UPDATED: August 22, 2013  6:39 PM

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I will suggest you go ahead with RPG as i always find COBOL to elaborate.
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If you are working in an AS400 shop, why not talk with management and let them know you are interested in advancing and would like to stay with the same company.
They may assist with the cost of schooling if you agree to stay.

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  • Mariodlg
    I think RPG too, I have seen many our clients with as400 platform and never si cobol programs, only RPG.
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  • CharlieBrowne
    Most AS400 shops are RPG. But there are quite a few COBOL shops also. Get familiar with both langauges. Also JAVA
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  • TomLiotta
    Focus on ILE RPG if you have strong desire to stay in the AS/400 line. Shift some focus to ILE COBOL if you are thinking of moving to different platforms such as mainframes. In both cases, combine them with SQL as much as you can. And, of course, don't ignore Java, C, C++ or similar languages that might be useful to you whether you're developing in the AS/400 line or not. Tom
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  • jinteik
    RPG should be the way....
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  • wpoulin
    Let me say that we have several Government Agencies running Cobol on IBM i's here in the State of NH. I would generally agree that most IBM i shops are RPG though. Hope thsi helps, Bill Poulin
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  • TomLiotta
    ...several Government Agencies running Cobol on IBM i's... I've worked at and for a number of government agencies from cities up to the state level, and every one of them had COBOL as their "standard" language. I wouldn't be surprised if government is the major reason. Tom
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  • YuVa47
    If you are leaving in the USA, then COBOL could be good to learn, otherwise RPG ILE is the right way. YuVa
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  • infiniumpro
    I agree with the masses here: Learn RPG ILE AND RPG/free if you plan to stay in the iSeries world. I have made a decent living as a contractor specializing in RPG. I have had contracts in 9 US states, 3 Canadian provinces and 3 countries in Europe. I even worked briefly with Tom in Eugene Oregon in the late 90s, but he probably doesn't remember me. Best of luck!
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  • Manoj2213
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  • Splat
    COBOL, in the US at least, has fewer openings but those pay more because of the smaller talent pool. That's the only reason I've ever regretted not knowing COBOL.
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  • 01071980
    Hi All I have done As400 Training and done job on AS400 platform. But they was no coding/programmer. I have interest doing AS400 Admin type of jobs as I don't know doing coding on the RPG. Plz suggests
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  • CharlieBrowne
    @ 01071980 -- You need to start a new thread if you have a new question
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