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could serve them in the future.
That's always what I'm looking
at-what could serve our
customers better in the future."
IBM i EDUCATION IS
HARD TO FIND
FACT: Several colleges
and universities continue
to offer a robust IBM i
curriculum. Outside the
traditional classroom setting,
can be found throughout the
IBM i community, including
user groups, both online and
in person, conferences like
COMMON, and IBM Systems
New hires like Rabbani
continue to learn from other IT
professionals, including those
using IBM i, their peers, and
members of Club Seiden. "I learn
best by looking at other people's
code," Rabbani says. "There are
starting to be repositories online,
and GitHub, and places like that
with people sharing code."
Other Fresh Faces have had
similar learning experiences.
"I learn the most by looking at
code examples from people either in my company or on blogs
that I find in my Google searches," Constantine says.
Young professionals also
appreciate the social aspect
of conferences, which fosters
educational experiences through
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peer interactions. "It's nice
knowing what everybody is
doing while at the same time,
it's nice to see [the people who
contribute to] Club Seiden (club.
alanseiden.com) because we are
all contributors in the opensource space," Allan says. "We
actually get to sit down, have a
chat with each other about what
we're working on and might
need help with."
IBM i ISN'T A MODERN
FACT: IBM i is not just a
traditional green-screen platform
anymore. Companies can
modernize their infrastructure
and interface to gain more
business value for their
organizations and customers by
integrating new technologies
such as IBM Watson*-all without
moving to a new platform.
IBM has created a set of
modern tools with RDi that
are designed for newly minted
programmers to easily learn and
utilize. Constantine's company
has a requirement, generated
from its own employees, to work
with browser-based interfaces
rather than green screens. When
programmers have the tools they
need, they can meet business
objectives and perform use cases
on IBM i without the expense
and disruption of switching to
Robinson comments, "It's so
easy now to develop real-time
web applications that clients
will love just the way any other
IBM i ISN'T AN OPEN
FACT: New applications can
be written in modern and open
languages such as Node.js and Python on IBM i. In addition, a strong
network of open-source developers
and solutions, such as those in
Club Seiden, also work well with
the platform. In fact, Allan points
out that support for open source is
one advantage of IBM i.
"There are even more options
outside of what IBM provides.
That's the reason open source is
good-because there are so many
different options to do things,"
Allan says. "There is so much
choice for how things can be done
and how things should be done.
The client can decide. It's good
the platform has that ability."
Newly hired programmers
appreciate that IBM supports an
open-source environment. "The
idea that IBM is pushing support
for open-source technologies is
fantastic and makes me want
to keep pushing it as well,"
Robinson says. "I have a reason
to stick around and keep pushing
more new ideas. That's what I tell
people they're missing out on by
not being on IBM i."
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