iChime Year End Recap

It has been my absolute pleasure this year to present iChime members with a class of IBM i experts and other business professionals, and the depths of specialized knowledge and insights they have shared. Those who’ve attended have told me joining the meetings has well exceeded their expectations. To have access to these industry leaders […]

Susan Gantner and RDi shine at December’s iChime meeting

Some 60 IBM i professionals joined for this month’s iChime virtual meeting, availing themselves of a free opportunity to hear Susan Gantner, one of the most recognized speakers in the IBM i community, present “Best Practices of Modern Application Development Using Rational Developer for i (RDi).” Among other things, Susan, discussed the importance of keeping […]

The time is NOW to retire the creaky old bones of fixed-format RPG

I was surprised to recently encounter a fellow veteran RPG developer who insists on using fixed-format despite all the advantages of the completely revamped, modern-language fully free-form version.  For starters, he defended fixed-format for its 1) “easier to read columnar format” and 2) “keeping the senior developers in their comfort zone is important.” All efforts […]