By way of Introduction …
As many of you reading this will already know, Susan and I write a (mostly) weekly blog for IBM Systems Magazine. For those who didn’t know that, if you follow the link you’ll see that recently I’ve been recounting the history of RPG IV from my perspective. I have published two parts of the story so far, with another two or three due in coming weeks.
So am I writing another blog? Well this one is going to be just a little bit different. Here’s why:
- It will allow me to give a more personal slant on topics. Susan and I agree on most things – but not always.
- Sometimes there are things that are more of a purely personal interest that I’d like to highlight that just wouldn’t fit the format of the iDevelop blog.
- Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Susan will be able to disclaim responsibility for anything I write here!
In addition to commenting on life, the universe, and everything (Do I hear a cry of 42?), one of the things I also want to do is to highlight things that I, and others, have written that I think deserve a wider audience. So who to highlight first? Well I’m going to go with a fellow ex-Brit Simon Hutchinson.
Simon publishes a regular blog on his RPGPGM.COM – From AS400 to IBM i site, and he covers some really worthwhile topics mostly in the RPG and SQL arenas. He always includes meaningful examples and his explanations are thorough and well thought out. Recommended reading. You can’t subscribe to the blog, so you either have to make regular visits or subscribe to one of the LinkedIn lists where he advertises his new posts.
Of course I’m also going to regularly highlight some of the articles that I, or fellow SiD members Susan and Paul, have written. For example, I was recently asked if I had any suggestions on how to best deal with Decimal Data Errors. That question triggered this piece for the Four Hundred Guru that you may not have seen. It was titled “Death To Decimal Data Errors!” and focuses on using data structure I/O to avoid these little pests – not that you ever get them on your system of course but …
I hope you enjoy our new blog site – please continue the conversation by commenting on what you have read – and indeed anything you would like to read!