IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - August 2018 - 4
Learning the Language
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
ike many people, I learned another language in high
school out of a combination of obligation and interest.
And because I grew up a hop, skip and a jump from
the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec, my
French teachers also made sure that my classmates and
I were familiar with the Québécois variations for various
words and phrases. They knew that only a handful of students would ever visit Paris, but virtually everyone would
make it to Montreal-where clerks and servers are required
to address patrons in French.
Knowing the right language or dialect for a given situation
is important-and the same applies for IBM Power Systems*
clients. Whether your business-critical applications are written
in RPG or an open-source language like Ruby or Python, it's
imperative to pick the right tool for the job at hand.
In this month's cover story, we examine how Holy Name
Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, has used RPG to
custom-build an electronic health record system that meets the
needs of its clinical staff-and has taken efforts to modernize
that software and keep it relevant for decades to come. Read
more in "Modern Medicine" on page 12. Next, turn to "You're
Speaking My Open-Source Language" on page 18 to learn how
open-source languages can help clients decrease development
costs and time to market. And on page 8, Julia co-creator Viral
Shah explains how the data-oriented open-source language can
bridge the gap between high-level and low-level languages.
Elsewhere in this month's issue, we look at how a
comprehensive cloud strategy can help organizations clarify
business goals. Turn to "Strategic Thinking" on page 23
to learn more. And on page 29, IBM i development expert
Mike Larsen explains why giving end users mobile access to
IBM i applications is important-and how to implement that
functionality in your data center.
Language isn't a one-size-fits-all affair-and that applies equally
to speaking and programming. Read this month's issue to learn
more about picking the right language for the job at hand.
Claire Walling // Managing Editor
When he's not doing tech things or writing about
tech things, Sol Lederman can be found on the
dance floor square dancing or contra dancing.
For an example of Sol's writing, turn to page 8.
Sol is president of his local square dance club in
sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, and also president
of FolkMADS, New Mexico's folk music and dance
society. More than anything, Sol loves helping new
dancers find their wings!
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Q Bill Bernstein
Around the World
Bill Bernstein has been photographing
masters of art and commerce for over
three decades. His job as Paul McCartney's personal tour photographer took
him around the world a couple of times
documenting the rock legend for 15
years. Examples of Bill's portrait work
can be seen on this month's cover and
in "Modern Medicine" on page 12.