I love programming (RPG, JAVA and CL) on the IBMi Server range... but it feels like IBM are trying to stop me. Aaaaargh!!!!
"But Nick, whats the problem old Chap?" I hear you ask
Here I am - a huge advocate of IBMi technology. I've grown up through the ranks of IBM System 3x systems and evolved alongside IBM through the AS400 years. I've excitedly played with the quiet, yet groundbreaking changes in hardware and software that came with the iSeries/eServer range of Servers. I've scratched my head slightly at the i5 branding. I've shook my head at the weirdly blurred focus on Linux. I've cheered at the Power5 Processor range and final (hopefully) name consolidation of the Power Server Hardware and IBMi software. I own 2 iSeries myself, courtesy of the internet beast known as eBay, and suspect there are not a lot of iSeries running in peoples houses just for their own amusement.
I acquired my iSeries for developing PROJEX400 and learning new stuff which I can’t necessarily play/learn/experience when working on IBMi at client sites. I recently bought the second iSeries specifically to load IBMi 5.4 (unfortunately the iSeries Model 220 can’t run the latest v6 of IBMi).
But, three months after buying my iSeries machines, they're still sitting there trying to find anyone who can supply me with IBMi v5.4 for less than the price of preowned family car.
I am an IBMi Consultant, RPG Programmer, Web Enthusiast, Blogger and Advocate for IBM technology and business solutions. But, I am most definitely not an advocate of IBM's customer support policies. Not this morning anyway.
I'm really starting to get so pissed of IBM's derogatory view of me as an individual 'AS400 Programmer' - Yes, I really had to describe myself as that to an IBM Customer Representative on the phone because she didn’t understand when I said I was a freelance IT Consultant who wanted to buy a personal copy of IBMi Version 5.4 :/
Let me take a breath and review how I got here.