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It is challenging to recruit and hire qualified programmers with RPG experience on the IBM i platform. At Sierra Pacific Industries, we have been successful at hiring programmers with a solid background in application development and training them to be RPG programmers. The classes provided by imPower Technologies and taught by Jim have been instrumental in the training process.
The IBM i Concepts and Operations course has been successful in getting our programmers familiar and comfortable with navigating the IBM i environment. Follow that up with the Programming in ILE RPG course and we quickly end up with programmers that are confident in making meaningful contributions to our RPG development efforts.
These classes utilize modern tools and concepts and the format and teaching style are very comfortable and effective. As a manager, I appreciate that imPOWER kept me in the loop on each programmer’s progress as they navigated through the courses.
If you’re looking for an RPG training solution to help address your staffing needs, I would strongly recommend Jim and the imPOWER courses.
Your RPG programming career starts here! When I started my new job I left 6 years of Windows troubleshooting, SSRS reporting, and .NET programming, and entered the world of IBMi and RPG. Starting with zero knowledge of the IBMi system, I’ve progressed to contributing to live programs in our business and writing some of my own. New jobs are intimidating enough without having to learn new skills, but Jim and Michelle were quick to get me on my feet.
IBM i Concepts and Operations was the first course I took. This covered everything needed to navigate the IBM i system. This included navigating menus, using CL commands, working with database files, writing a basic CL program, and plenty of examples. The online lectures, exercises, and Jim’s book: Mastering IBM i, all work together to make you feel comfortable and confident working with the IBM i.
The second course I took from Jim was Programming in ILE RPG. This language is both similar and unlike any other I’ve worked in before. In its latest form, RPG is a modern language that’s growing in functionality all the time. At the same time it is one of the oldest languages around. Looking at some older programs can certainly be intimidating (looking at you fixed format). However, Jim provides the building blocks you need to navigate and even update this older code and build modern RPG applications.
I have been an RPG programmer for 41 years and it was amazing to see our young trainee grasp knowledge that put him ahead of even me after all this time.
Overall, on a scale of 1-10, I would rate the classes and the process as a 10. I seldom give 10 ratings, but I think this case warrants an exception.
Thanks to Jim and his company for providing training that will yield a very valuable asset to our company, that we will realize for many years to come.
The programming exercises are cleverly designed. I had “ah ha” moments with all of them learning what to do and what not to do. The hands-on work was my favorite part of the course. There is no substitute for the resources (example programs, test data, etc.) you’re given access to with the student account, such as how to leverage the RDi development environment. My RPG developer experience now is a lot better than I ever thought it would be based on my initial impressions. Not to mention the end of the course opened the door on how we can use our existing RPG programs and data in a browser environment.
We now have a brand new, burgeoning intranet site. I give my highest recommendation to this course for anyone in need to learn RPG programming.
Thank you, Jim!
I am a programmer who learned COBOL in college and began my career with an insurance company that had most of their policy admin systems and accounting systems written in COBOL. I spent several years as a COBOL programmer and eventually VB.Net, before leaving the workforce to raise a family. When I decided to re-enter the workforce, my new company needed an RPG programmer and I was enrolled in the imPower RPGLE class.
This class was a great introduction to the RPG language, RDi, and the IBMi in general. The class is online and you are able to move at your pace which I enjoyed. The videos are very easy to follow and the programming examples allow you to practice the techniques that were just introduced. Jim provides many sample programs that you can access and use when working on your assignments. There is a weekly meeting with Jim and other students where you can ask questions and learn from others that are taking the class. By the end of the class, I felt comfortable coding in RPG and even viewing existing programs at my company and following the code.
This class is detailed enough for a brand new programmer to learn not only the language, but basic programming concepts, while also being fast paced enough that an experienced programmer would not be bored learning the language. I highly recommend this class for anyone needing to learn RPG and the IBMi.
Overall, I enjoyed very much Jim’s RPG online classes and very appreciate Jim and Michelle’s afford to make this RPG class easy to understand and can be quickly get into the RPG world.
Thank Jim and Michelle very much!
Thanks to him, I also learned to use and setup tools like RDI to work more efficiently. Jim put away all the apprehension I had about using RPG and gave me the confidence to start my career as an RPG programmer.
Well shortly after that conference, the need did arise and I did remember about imPower Technologies.
I just wanted to let you know what an outstanding online course (Programming in ILE RPG) that imPower Technologies teaches is. To take a person with no programming experience but with a desire to learn and turn them into a junior programmer in just a matter of months is remarkable.
I like the fact they are able to do this at their own pace but you make sure they stay on track. The progress reports and updates I received from imPower Technologies as he progressed though the course was great. This gave me a real good idea how things were going.
He has already finished a couple of projects and is really enjoying programming.
I would highly recommend this course. I plan to send others through this course in the future.
In our search for an alternative to the audio tapes, we found imPower Technologies. This was an actual course with live meetups and homework! This was a fit for our needs, and the results show it. Since taking your course, we have been able to get him involved with some ambitious projects that allow our field operations to generate and update work orders on their tablets while in the field. He is also working on a program to control and maintain inventory and equipment.
Apart from being a valuable learning resource, I can tell you that our new hire really enjoyed his time in this class. The weekly meetups were encouraging, the assignments were challenging and helpful. A lot of work was put into the examples and assignments, and it is clearly paying off.
I am a new programmer that is still in college for programming. I “lucked out” in finding a job with Rogers Water Utilities. They are a company that uses the IBM I system and a single programmer to develop all of their software. I was thrilled to get a job in my field of study but overwhelmed at how much there was to learn with the IBM. I quickly realized that just operating the system (let alone programming it) was very different than anything I was used to. I learned a few basics with the archaic audio tape training, but a lot of the material didn’t apply to modern IBM Power systems (I literally learned how to install IBM clients on Twinax cable).
The imPower Technologies RPG class was a different story. Not only did it teach the most modern RPG coding skills, but also saves you from the pain of figuring how to set up RDI, how to navigate the green screen and it demystifies the compiling process of a bunch of RPG modules. These things can all be road-blocks to one’s success in learning RPG. It isn’t as simple as throwing source code into an IDE and hitting run. Jim Buck removes these road blocks with a carefully structured course that holds your hand through the system as you learn to code in RPG. The weekly meetups are where he will personally walk you through a program or a problem that you may be experiencing.
If you are a company that is hiring new programmers to keep your RPG environment cranking on all cylinders, do not make the mistake of supplying your employee with a book or stack of audio tapes to learn from. There are many things that have to be figured out and skills that must be acquired when new to an IBM system. Learning how to code in RPG won’t be enough if I can’t check my spool file, or run a simple query to validate my program, or deal with system error codes. Jim Buck will get your workforce on the right path.
In just 5 months, we’ve got all 4 junior programmers working on different types of projects. All are showing a great understanding of programming logic, RPG programming, CL programs, RDI and the IBM iSeries in general. They are so far ahead of our expectations that we truly couldn’t be happier with the results we’ve seen. Because they were allowed to progress at their own pace, two of them were already working on projects in just 2 months!
The results we’ve seen and the understanding into programming that these new programmers have gained from your class has been amazing. To take 4 non-programmers and turn all 4 into Junior RPG developers in such a short time has been a huge help to our department. We appreciate all that you did to help our new people become productive employees and look forward to working with you again in the future.
My name is Michael and I am an IT Manager at MBI, Inc. a $300 million consumer products company in Connecticut that has just celebrated its 50th anniversary. We are an IBM i shop with two divisions plus corporate each running their own applications on a partitioned system with three separate supporting teams of application developers. Our applications are written in ILE RPG Free utilizing extensive SQL and using Rational Developer (RDi) as our development tool.
At the conference I met with a group of young developers, new to the IBM i, and was very pleased to see their enthusiasm about our system. These developers came from a variety of technical backgrounds, .Net, Java, etc., but all were now working at IBM i shops. The common thread for these developers was that they had gone thru Jim’s courses to help get them up to speed on ILE, CLLE, RDi, DB2 and our very amazing operating system.
By mid-April Laura had completed the on-line courses. She was an active participant in their weekly online group sessions and she got timely and effective support from Jim and his team. imPower was effective in keeping me abreast of Laura’s progress so that I could feed her appropriate assignments to reinforce her education.
Laura has taken her new knowledge and become a contributing member of our team. We are only three months past the formal education phase and I am pleased to be able to report to both Jim and my management that this has proven to be very effective solution. I highly recommend Jim and his company’s on-line education offerings and would be glad to talk one-on-one with anyone considering taking this approach.
“What Jim offers fills a needed gap. It is a great answer to training resource with required skills. We have had a couple of staff members, including a student take Jim’s class. After doing so they have been able to hit the ground running in a short period of time. A student with the desire and aptitude can take Jim’s class and be a valuable part of your programming team quickly. The class is great quality at a great price. Well worth the investment. The class format, material and structure is very professionally done and well suited to the purpose. Jim goes beyond and above and truly is making an impact on meeting the need to train the next generation on IBM i.“
I was a student at Gateway Technical College and took Jim’s RPG classes. He taught me everything I needed to know about RPG to successfully maintain and build source code as well as navigate the system. He is a big believer in modernization, so as a student I learned the most current form of RPG and embedded SQL. We also used the most current tools like Profound UI and Arcad. In his classes I successfully created programs that have the same logic that I use everyday at work now. Without Jim and the knowledge he has given me I would not be where I am today.
Jim Buck’s courses were the most important classes in my career. He wrote the book RPG and teaches the language from a business use-case scenario. Students are learning more than how to write a new language, some are learning how a business runs day to day from creating inventory reports to creating tools to manage inventory. Over the years he has taught and helped students to become programmers where some go on to succeed to become business leaders.