October 21, 2008 Alex Woodie
For the first 10 years that IBM pressed Java onto its AS/400 installed based, the programming language was received with boos and sneers. “Why would we spend millions to retool in Java when RPG works just fine?” was the near-universal response. But today, with Power Systems server sales plummeting, RPG programmers retiring and dying, and serious questions about the value of the platform in a Web-connected world, i OS application developers appear to be looking now to Java as a means of survival.
There are few platforms today that bear the same connections that RPG and the Power Systems server