About Nick Litten

Las Vegas IBM i Software Developer

Nick Litten – AS400 iSeries and IBM i Consultant Nerd.

I’m an IT Consultant and IBM i Software Developer (aka RPG Programmer) primarily working on IBM Power Systems (IBM i, System-i, iSeries, AS400). Thirty years ago (damn that makes me feel even older than I am) I fell into computer programming as a career. It’s been a terrific ride. I believe us older experienced programmers have a responsibility to share the knowledge and help the *freshers* who are stepping foot in the IBM i pond for the first time.

Sandal wearing RPG Hippie that looks exactly like me

I started back in the days of IBM System/38 machines, the IBM PC XT was just being conceived, APPLE was working on its APPLE 2E, the internet was a futuristic dream and dialup Bulletin Boards were leading edge social media.

My home computer was an IBM PC XT with a modem the size of a shoe box that I plugged into my parents phone line, after disconnecting the bakelite rotary phone.

Working on IBM mainframe/midrange systems has taken me around the world, earning a good salary and, most importantly, doing something that I have really come to love: RPG is a fantastic language, IBM i is a terrific operating system and the hardware is second to none.

My blog is an attempt at sharing the IBM i Love, highlighting some programming techniques and sometimes just waffling about personal lifestyle nonsense.

If you are looking for some professional help, please reach out to me.

If you are looking for some programming or technical tips then get searching.

If you’re looking for political bias, left-wing vs right-wing rants or abusing people with different ideas – you have come to the wrong place. Although I sometimes do waffle about these topics:

Read my warbling brain drain and you will quickly realize I am a modern libertarian, centrally biased, liberal at heart with a dose of capitalism and e-business thrown in. I suffer fools lightly. I’m pro-science, support critical thinking and sound reason. I condemn religions and blind faith. I’m for gay marriage. Mothers should be able to choose what happens to their own bodies. I’m against the death penalty (in most cases), for legalizing drugs (although I am positively against using them #itscalledDOPEforareason) and I think the prison system is woefully over populated . I wish we could all enjoy some type of social safety net, with reasonable taxation providing healthcare/education/support for all that need it. I’m patriotic, pacifist but recognize we need to fight for our values on occasion. I’m against global greed and wars to control wealth. Supporting tolerance of opinion, diverse critical thought and freedom of speech. Ultimately lets Live and Let Live… regardless of whether we agree. #letsagreetodiffer

Me, waffling

If you are just here to enjoy to waffle then read on my friend 🙂