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and not spend time working in
He encourages clients to
participate in open-source
communities, share patches
and solutions, and collaborate
with others. Gorzinski concurs,
noting that communities
have already solved many of
the problems companies are
currently dealing with.
As an open-source advocate and
Power Systems Champion, as well
as the director of IBM i innovation
for Krengel Technology Inc.,
Aaron Bartell educates IBM i users
about open-source languages.
as necessary, he notes. It's a great
way for IBM i shops to "fail faster"
by not requiring developers to be
concerned that they're going to
wreck something on the system-
the container keeps them in a "jail"
of sorts so that's no longer a worry.
languages has many advantages,
with the primary two being the
community that produces many-
hundreds of thousands-of freely
usable packages and the reality
that it's easier to hire someone for
an open-source language position
versus trying to find a progressive
RPG personality," he says.
The benefits of using
open-source technology aren't
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"Our primary use of open
source is aiding customers in
making a decision on which
language to adopt. We also show
them how to make use of the
latest YUM package manager to
install things like Node.js, Git,
Bash and Nginx," he says. For
instance, customers can combine
the capabilities of YUM and
Chroot to automate the creation
of containers where their apps
can run without stepping on the
toes of another app. And Bartell
explains that because containers
are configured in a text-based file,
they can easily be a source change
managed by Git.
These containers can be
created in minutes and deleted
limited to IBM i shops. "I've always
been an AIX fan," says Kevin
Fugate, systems analyst at WSI,
whose core is AIX 7.1 running Db2
10.5. "We use Pearl a lot to get
data insights faster. It's all about
getting the data and reports faster,
automating tables and customizing
reports to meet our needs."
Open-source languages fill
needs and contribute to powerful
platforms, he says. He adds that
developers who work on Linux*
can use the languages to easily
cross over to AIX.
"The beauty of open-source
languages is they're designed
with as simple syntax as possible.
The more specific the language
for the task, the easier it is to work
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