Volume 20, Number 37 -- October 31, 2011

Best i Blog Bets: A Top 10 List

Published: October 31, 2011

by Alex Woodie

You're a smart and well-read member of the IBM i community. Your Web browser's homepage is naturally set to so you'll be sure to get the latest IBM i news, product reviews, and tech tips. But you understand that the Web is World-Wide, and there are lots of other good sources of IBM i insight and opinion beyond our humble website. So bust out the bookmarks--here are the top 10 blogs for the IBM i community.

1. You and i

IBM i chief architect Steve Will shares his inside view of the platform's development at the IBM lab in Rochester, Minnesota, with readers through this blog. One of the great things about Will (and his blog) is he isn't afraid to get technical, but he doesn't overwhelm the reader with too much information. He obviously has mastered the technology, because he's able to explain much of it in simple terms. This is a great place for getting the scoop on new features that Rochester will add in future releases of the OS.

2. In My Humble Opinion

This blog provides a forum for anybody in the midrange community to get things off their chests. It is written mostly by David Gibbs, the administrator and moderator for the mailing list and forum, but there are plenty of entries by other people. In July, Gibbs launched a new blog hosting service at The service, which is based on WordPress, provides a platform for anybody involved with the IBM i server to launch their very own blog. One of the first to take Gibbs up on his offer was Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, who launched her blog this summer.

3. iDevelop

Jon Paris and Susan Gantner--the ultimate power couple of RPG development--share their thoughts and opinions on recent IBM i programming trends from this IBM System Magazine blog, which they co-write.

4. iCan

Dawn May, a senior IBM i architect, combines an expert's grasp of the IBM i OS with an engaging writing style in this blog. May covers everything from the intricacies of managing spool file output to her trip last week to Copenhagen for the Power System Technical University.

5. Angus' Blog

Trevor Perry, a.k.a. Angus the IT Chap, dishes out heaps of commentary and provides his unequivocal viewpoints on all things IBM i at this blog. If you're tempted to revert to old habits and call it "the AS/400," do yourself a favor and check out Trevor's blog, flog yourself three times, and go about your way.

6. Mow Your Own Lawn

One of the most vocal of the Young i Professionals, Aaron Bartell is smart and engaging and full of ideas on how to get the most out of your IBM i investment--and opinions on what IBM should do to evolve IBM i to make it the best platform. Bartell is also a frequent poster at, which is hosted at the YIP's secret website.

7. Tom's Blog

Everybody's favorite IBM i systems management software vendor may have a mechanized robot as its mascot, but this Minnesota company has a very personable and folksy side, too. The company's vice president of technical services, Tom Huntington, describes his worldwide travels to Help/System customers and his work with the platform at this well-written blog.

8. The PowerTech Blog

Robin Tatum at PowerTech has an engaging way of connecting everyday events with discussions of IT security preparedness. Plus, he posts great photographs of the places he visits as a manger with PowerTech at this blog.

9. Alan Seiden's Information Technology

Alan Seiden shares his experience with programming and running PHP on the IBM i server at his blog site.

10. HarrisData Blog

Henry and Lane Nelson, the sibling co-founders of IBM i ERP software developer HarrisData, aren't afraid to share their opinions on a variety of topics, including how Oracle's M&A strategy is great for pleasing Wall Street but lousy for helping customers, the pitfalls of security in the cloud, and a number of other topics.

                     Post this story to
               Post this story to Digg
    Post this story to Slashdot

Sponsored By

Stuck in the 70's with Tape Backup?

VAULT400 is "more than" groovy" .. disco ball - not required

Complete backup and disaster recovery
Support all major platforms and databases
Multiple secure data centers
Options to meet your requirements
Safer, less expensive, lower labor costs.

IBM Power Systems (iSeries) specialists since 1987
Visit our Resource Library and In The News

For modern, secure back-up and DR, call 800-211-8798 today or visit or and discover
Why VAULT400 may be an option for your business.

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Victor Rozek,
Jenny Thomas, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
Contact the Editors: To contact anyone on the IT Jungle Team
Go to our contacts page and send us a message.

Sponsored Links

New Generation Software:  FREE Business Intelligence Webinar. November 9
Dan Riehl Presents:  Fall Training Sale Discounts up to 40%! RPG IV COBOL CL Admin Security
BCD:  WebSmart PHP is the fastest way to develop IBM i and multi-platform PHP web apps



IT Jungle Store Top Book Picks

BACK IN STOCK: Easy Steps to Internet Programming for System i: List Price, $49.95

The iSeries Express Web Implementer's Guide: List Price, $49.95
The iSeries Pocket Database Guide: List Price, $59
The iSeries Pocket SQL Guide: List Price, $59
The iSeries Pocket WebFacing Primer: List Price, $39
Migrating to WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49
Getting Started with WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49
The All-Everything Operating System: List Price, $35
The Best Joomla! Tutorial Ever!: List Price, $19.95

Four Hundred Stuff
Where's the IBM-Based IBM i Cloud Offering?

Coglin Mill's ETL Makes Data Warehousing on IBM i More Attractive

UNIT4 CODA Asserts Itself with 'Destination: Control' Release

Townsend Adds Open PGP Encryption to MFT Software

IBS Launches New Cloud and Mobile Apps for ERP Customers

Four Hundred Guru
10 Facts You Should Know about Special Values

VALUES: A Truly Useless DDS Keyword

Limiting How Much Memory a Storage Pool Can Allocate

Four Hundred Monitor
Four Hundred Monitor's
Full iSeries Events Calendar

System i PTF Guide
October 29, 2011: Volume 13, Number 8

October 22, 2011: Volume 13, Number 7

October 15, 2011: Volume 13, Number 6

October 8, 2011: Volume 13, Number 5

October 1, 2011: Volume 13, Number 4

September 23, 2011: Volume 13, Number 3

TPM at The Register
Applied Micro leaps ahead in ARM server race

ARM specs out first 64-bit RISC chips

Dell bundles Ubuntu Linux on PCs in China

Facebook triple stuffs Swedish data center

Friends join Facebook's Open Compute project

Super Micro revved up for impending Xeons, Opterons

Citrix snaps up App-DNA for app migration

SUSE previews OpenStack-SLES cloud

Juniper profits get a haircut in Q3

Schooner adds asynch replication to MySQL appliance

Big Blue gives Big Sam big bags of cash

Riverbed lets loose Stingray virty appliances



Printer Friendly Version

Bang For The Buck on Power7 Gen 2 Servers

Palmisano Hands The IBM Reins To Rometty

IBM To Unchain RPG Open Access?

European Slowdown Puts The Profit Squeeze On Avnet

Best i Blog Bets: A Top 10 List

But Wait, There's More:

Disk Drive Shortage Coming Due To Thailand Flooding? . . . 100,000 And Counting in IBM i Grassroots Campaign . . . IBM Launches 40 Gigabit Ethernet Rack Switch . . . Q3 Financial Report Bumps Manhattan Associates Stock . . . What Could IBM Do Instead Of Spending $12.2 Billion On Shares? . . .

The Four Hundred


Subscription Information:
You can unsubscribe, change your email address, or sign up for any of IT Jungle's free e-newsletters through our Web site at

Copyright © 1996-2011 Guild Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Guild Companies, Inc., 50 Park Terrace East, Suite 8F, New York, NY 10034

Privacy Statement