What language “Next” from RPG(LE)

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Hi everyone; I took a hiatus as a stay-at-home mom and am just back into the programming world. 13 years experience - 8 year break - back 1 year. Pure AS400 (can't say iSeries yet) do use RPGLE (thankfully) understand free - used to be MAPICS guru (can't say Infor either). Do any of you use Java, PHP or another language that you love / hate or feel really enhances your programming ability and / or career opportunities?

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Hi Mom, welcome back:
Web langauges seem to go obsolete every 18-24 months.
For experience get on any 400-Web based project in any language/environment.
Get strong in SQL it’s used for all web data access.
We see lots of requests for HSSf spreadsheets from the 400, a little Java helps understand that.
I’m sure you’ll get a lot of better advice.
Good Luck
Phil

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Mom
I don’t think it’s the whole story. There really are some good and interesting jobs out
there in 400-Web, it’s just that you need to be very light on your feet because the terrane
keeps shifting. Get on a project team and then hone you’re skills. It’s all programming
after all and that’s based on good logic.
Phil

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  • WoodEngineer
    I'd recommend adding HTML and PHP to your skill set. With Zend now available on the AS/400, these skills open up some nice options for you and your users.
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  • KSoniat
    Thanks guys, that's exactly the info I am looking for... I thought it was "just me" on the web languages coming and going. Regards, K
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  • Willhud69
    Whatever you do, don't let it get you down. I work for a small company and the last 4-6 years, have been doing more support of their POS systems and users/Networking. I recently was assigned a programming project (first time in a long time other then light mainteance work) and took a long time to get back in the swing of it. We had started the move from RPGIII to RPG ILE (although mostly through automated conversions) and just figuring out how to debug with out the interactive debugger was a chore. I feel I have a lot of catch up to do now. LOL!
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  • KSoniat
    I appreciate the additional encouragement.... I have found that after an initial "OMG" period I am getting back into the swing of things. Just looking ahead to make sure I don't end up quite so "behind" again. An old boss of mine who I was using as a reference got rather put out on my behalf at people who didn't even want to consider me due to the work gap. He stated " you may have gotten rusty - but you didn't get stupid". He always was one of my favorites. (He said if he had a position open he would hire me himself). I find the logic and the business knowledge still applies.
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