AS/400 future

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Hi, I'm working as an AS/400 developer over the past 3.6 years. I'm just bit worried about its future. Please suggest me whether to stay or change technology? What is going to happen to AS/400 developers in the future. Information and suggestions are really appreciated. Thanks in advance.
ASKED: September 4, 2013  10:01 AM
UPDATED: September 4, 2013  1:06 PM

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Bottom line is that no one can predict the future. The death of the As400 has been predicted for many years. In reality the machine has died, but the name lives on. As the machine has matured, we just change the name: I5, iSeries, Power I, etc.

I believe the architecture is still the best available for DB applications. If we want it to be around longer we need to change the way we talk about it and we need to promote it. We no longer should be saying Libraries, Files, Records. We have Schemas, Tables, and Rows. (Now we have a “Modern” machine)

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  • TomLiotta

    It's not clear what you mean by "change technology". Is that only "change platform"? Or is it a different programming technology?

    The difficulty is that a "change platform" generally would mean choosing to move totally to Windows development or possibly something like Android mobile. Most everything else is already included in the current AS/400 area. ("AS/400" has been gone for many years. iSeries came after, followed by System i, etc., and now it's covered under IBM i running on Power servers.)

    IBM has consistently invested hundreds of millions of dollars (US) every year to continuing development of the line of systems that came after AS/400s. They continue to sell them world wide. No one can predict the future, but IBM thinks it's worth the investment.

    I've seen various developers speak concerns about the future of "AS/400s" since the early 1990s. Responses haven't changed.

    Don't restrict yourself to RPG. Learn Java. Learn C/C++. Learn SQL. Learn PHP/Perl/Python or many others. Learn XML, web services or whatever. It's all available and running or being used on AS/400s, and it all applies wherever else you might choose to go.

    However, it's unlikely that AS/400s are going to go away anytime soon. What will likely get harder to find are jobs that only ask for AS/400 "RPG" experience or similar limited requirements.

    Tom

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