IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - FF12
Principal, Seiden Group
founder, Club Seiden
What is Club Seiden and how do you
I noticed that a group of PHP on IBM i developers
would generate ideas for the platform and our
careers whenever we met at conferences. In
would go back to
doing our jobs
and maybe take
some of those
us. I thought,
wouldn't it be
great if we could
keep the spirit
Club Seiden has a Slack channel, where the
discussions take place, available by invitation.
We would like to start a more open one for the
general open-source community as well. We're
discussing doing that.
If you're bursting with ideas of how to do
your job better on IBM i and want to hear from
other people who feel the same, then get in
touch and ask for an invitation.
Why is IBM i the ideal partner for
The IBM i platform presents an interesting
challenge because it allows us to combine the
world of open source, which is meant for rapid
collaborative development, with enterprise-level
systems and an enterprise-level database. Developers on my team have the opportunity to take
open source enthusiasm and apply it to a grown
up, mature world of business.
What advice would you give a programmer
or developer who is just starting out?
Volunteer to write an article. Even if you're not an
expert on that subject matter, you could interview
somebody you admire, maybe an author or a
speaker, for example, for the content. You'll learn
a lot, satisfy your own curiosity and have a good
article to share with the community.
Can you give an example of how Club
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individual in the IBM i community?
IBMer Jesse Gorzinski was looking for some
guest bloggers for his Open Your i blog. I
suggested to (Club Seiden member) Val Smith
that she consider contributing because not
enough open-source system administrator
material was available. A few months later,
her post was published. It's exciting to see
how people's careers can develop by contributing to the community.
It must be exciting to see several of your
club members featured as IBM Fresh
Faces. How has this affected the club and
its work with IBM i and open source?
Working with Fresh Faces and other new
IBM i professionals, we senior club members
(IBMers, consultants and speakers) can ensure
that we're on the mark when bringing familiar
open-source tools, languages and practices to
IBM i. My own goals have evolved toward making IBM i a congenial environment for the new
developer and sysadmin.
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