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Jun 2 2011   6:37AM GMT

Featured Member: Yorkshireman

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Today’s featured member, Yorkshireman, has earned his silver and bronze badges by helping out around the community. His specialty lies in AS/400, and he has the AS/400 Genius Badge to prove it. I asked Yorkshireman for a little blurb of his professional experience and it was so awesome, I didn’t want to ruin it by paraphrasing:

Nearly 40 years of grappling with code. Assembler onwards. System design with DB2 UDB for major clients in EMEA. There’s nowt that’s new, apart from the names we give old ideas. Read the manuals – more accurate than people like me guessing at your particular circumstance. If you can’t be bothered to get the accurate story, you can’t be building rock solid, reliable code.

Oh – and I can be a grumpy cuss sometimes…

Weblogs and cellphones built on poorly secured operating systems are a device of the devil. Mailing lists and letters are more secure. Avoid credit cards.

But, carry out some functional decomposition, and produce an elegant, efficient, expandable, and maintainable set of program code which places intuitive controls into the hands of users, lets us walk away and sleep soundly, and enables all support calls to begin on the premise of ‘the software is not at fault’ and I’m a happy bunny.

If Yorkshireman has helped you out with an AS/400 question, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward.

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Want your own shiny badge?

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at

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