ITKnowledgeExchange recently had the chance to talk to ITKE power user, RPG specialist and this month’s ‘featured member’ Todd Nashville. You can find Todd under his username, ToddN2000, discussing AS/400 related problems on the forums.
ITKE: Tell us a little bit about yourself: What do you do? What’s your area of expertise?
TN: RPG programmer since the early RPG I & RPG II days through the current version. I made the change to the .NET world and VB just over a year ago after 30 years of green screen coding. Currently I’m writing web services to integrate our web presence with our green screen back office processes. RPG is my most comfortable environment currently.
ITKE: If you weren’t working in IT, you’d be…
TN: If I weren’t in IT? There is no doubt I’d be working in a restaurant. I’ve been cooking at home for more than 35 years and have worked in the food industry and a second job.
ITKE: Who’s one person you look up to in the IT world, and why?
TN: The person I admire most in the IT world? I’d have to go with my current boss. No really. He has a lot of great ideas as to where to take the company and is not afraid to try new concepts. He invests time and money in our education to stay current with all new trends. He is open to ideas from subordinates and we have for one of the most open and friendliest work environments I have worked in over 30 years.
ITKE: How do you see the future of IT developing over the next decade?
TN: IT is going mobile and remote. That is the main reason for my switch from RPG to the .NET world. I see room for a lot of changes in the mobile applications to make things more user friendly and robust. I’m not sure if we will see desktops gone in the next 10 years but they will definitely still be on a downward decline.
ITKE: What advice would you give prospective IT workers (say college students)?
TN: My advice would be, if you’re currently working don’t get into a rut and get too comfortable. The IT field is forever changing and changing faster than ever before. It’s easier to stay current with technology than trying to play catch up after many years of being stagnant. That learning curve can be hard to overcome.