Bucking the System: Higher Ed, Hold the College
Jim Buck spent 15 years teaching IBM i and RPG at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Buck achieved great things there, finding hundreds of students good jobs around the country. But ultimately the college experience grew old for Buck, so he ventured out on his own. That’s when he founded his own online IBM i educational company, imPower Technologies. Read More
Education and Mentorships Welcome Younger Developers to the IBM i Community
Young developers may be unfamiliar with the IBM Power Systems* platform and IBM i. They may be unfamiliar with RPG as a programming language. Thankfully, finding and attracting them to work in your IT department is possible, as people familiar with this situation can attest. Read More
Jim Buck – New Ventures: iTalk with tuohy
Paul Tuohy: Hi everybody and welcome to another iTalk with Tuohy. I’m delighted to be joined today by somebody that who I thought I had actually interviewed quite recently, but when we checked, it was actually back in 2014. So hello, Jim Buck. Read the Interview
Training new rpg developers
When it comes time to hire new RPG developers, you need to ask yourself, how am I going to train my new RPG developer? There are some options available to decide what the best way to go about this. Brian May tackled this question and wrote a great article about different options to take when asking yourself this question.. Read the Article at McPress Online
Stay Informed & Invaluable in Today’s IT Environment Especially with IBMi & RPG Programming
IBM i developers are a varied group, to be sure. Many companies have IT departments that include programmers who range from new graduates to long-time employees. Both groups have qualities that will benefit their employer as well as valued clients, but it is perhaps more important for veteran developers to keep their minds open, their skills fresh and their connections strong Read More
Do you have professional development funds that expire in 2018?
End 2018 on a High Note with imPower Technologies! Whether you are in need of RPG or IBM i training for new employees or continued education for your existing team, imPower can help! Backed by nearly four decades of industry knowledge, Jim Buck and imPower Technologies offer IBM i and RPG online courses, speaking sessions for beginners and seasoned programmers, and Jim’s very own books which are used by the IBM i community to learn RPG and IBM i skills and are used by most all colleges providing IBM i curriculum. Read More
WELCOME TO I: HOW TO GET YOUNGER PROGRAMMERS UP TO SPEED IN THE IBM I/POWER SYSTEMS WORLD
New IBM i-ers? Despite what you may have heard, they do exist. I should know—I’ve been training them for the last 16 years, first in the context of an IBM i-focused curriculum at the college level, and now through my professional IBM i training business. Read the article at Rocketsoftware.com
A SKILLS SHORTAGE SOLUTION
Employee development doesn’t get the credit it deserves when it comes to talent acquisition. Putting the right people in the right place and giving them the right tools is not a new concept. Many of the top programmers work for companies where this concept has been in place for years. They are homegrown. It follows a pattern: Hire programmers with useful skill sets and if that doesn’t include modern RPG, train them. Read the article on itjungle.com
EDUCATION AND ENTERPRISE COMPUTING NOT PASSING THE TEST
The education-to-employment system flat out fails for most employers and young people seeking employment. Let’s introduce that elephant in the room right now. It’s not a dry well, but it’s not close to being what it should be. It’s much bigger than the IBM i community. It’s bigger than the IT industry.
The book, by Laura Ubelhor and Christian Hur, fills a void in technical programming books, and will help those who need a “manual” understand and apply Web application programming concepts and get familiar with building business applications in Web environments. The book is also an excellent text to introduce the new developer to business Web development.
In cycle main programs, the compiler automatically includes the RPG cycle to provide program initialization and termination as well as ordered processing steps for file input and output (I/O). Editor’s note:This article is excerpted from Programming in ILE RPG, Fifth Edition , chapter 14, “Building Modular Programs with Procedures.””
Unlike cycle main programs, linear main programs do not include the RPG cycle. Written by Bryan Meyers and Jim Buck Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from Programming in ILE RPG, Fifth Edition, chapter 14, “Building Modular Programs with Procedures.”
Unlike cycle main and linear main programs, nomain modules have no main procedure. Written by Bryan Meyers and Jim Buck Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from Programming in ILE RPG, Fifth Edition, chapter 14, “Building Modular Programs with Procedures.”