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June 11, 2013


Harry Daum

Where is IBM in all this? Isn't this something they should be pushing hard for? Shouldn't they be leading this (and their own) initiative?

Aaron Bartell

IBM is involved. Check out this article where Peter Glass (Academic Initiative Program Manager) comments on the need for this exact solution (without having foreknowledge of this):

Inevitably we the community are sour about past experiences with lack of IBM involvement. But things are changing for the good and I think the community should ride this wave as far as it goes.

Completely unrelated, but...
Anybody notice how much press *IBM* is giving IBM i as of late? Specifically how much they are ADVERTISING IBM i !?!?! We've long complained about their lack of advertising, but we can hardly do that now with the 25th anniversary spectacle they produced. Truly great. Credit is due to Ian Jarman in large part for that (I believe).


This is a funny market. So often we wait until IBM officially offers something. Other markets have prolific authors producing 'Java for Dummies' or 'PHP in 21 Days' but we continue to wait for IBM to deliver this sort of education.

Bravo Jim.

Alex Krashevsky

Regarding the perceived lack of IBM i resources as a pretext to move off the platform - in some cases I would see this as an excuse rather than true justification. You find yourself standing no chance to contest this trend being vastly outnumbered in your shop by the .NET minded crowd. I think that's the main reason for the need for more (much, much more!)young, energetic, and well IBM i educated people. Many thanks to Jim and his efforts.

Tom Daly

I think factors contributing to the lack of new i programmers is the relative obscurity of the system as well as a high price of entry.

A young aspiring programmer, or perhaps a person who has yet to discover an interest or talent for programming, will very likely never experience an i. There is very little awareness of the system and little opportunity to encounter it.

That same aspiring programmer who may be aware of the system will very likely have little opportunity program on it.

By comparison, for a modest investment a person can explore and develop their interest and abilities with a computer from Walmart and run windows or linux and a slew of programming languages.

A remedy is to increase the odds of a person experiencing an i. That might come from education initiates at schools. That might come from an inexpensive web accessible i with full tooling. That might come from a reduced entry price.

In my dreams there is a laptop running i and either windows or linux, with full tooling, for 2-3 thousand dollars. It would be great for consultants and independent developers, their system & tools are with them on their laptop, easily accessible as they move from site to site, client to client. You can do this with windows and linux. It would also be a boon for our young aspiring programmer friend, they could have their very own i.

The likelihood for young people to encounter and use i needs to be increased, currently that likelihood approaches an impossibility. These are the people who will develop the new apps, the apps designed for the web age, not modernized old apps. That won't happen if the system is unobtainable.

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