Why I Dislike Code Generators

Those of you who follow the midrange.com lists probably are aware that I’m not a big fan of application code generators.

This includes (but is not limited to) …

* Case Tools (AS/SET, Synon, etc)
* EGL
* SQL Pre-processors (RPG SQL, COBOL SQL, etc)
* JSP (to a limited extent)
* Various 3rd party application generators

The reason is simple … the code you write is not the code that executes.

CAAC Bends IBM’s Ear

This post is written by guest blogger Michelle August The CAAC (COMMON Americas Advisory Council) called snowy, icy Rochester home for three days in early December. They started off the meeting with a warm welcome from Dave Nelson and a Power Systems Update from Ian Jarman. This great start to the meeting set the tone…

SOPA / PIPA Blackout

Update 16-Jan-2012: Looks like the SOPA bill has been killed in the house, although the senate version is still alive.  We will still be observing the blackout on the 18th. Just a word of warning … on January 18th, between the hours of 8am and 8pm, the midrange.com mailing list archives will be observing a…

Perhaps I spoke too soon?

At work I’ve been splitting my time between two projects … one project is IBM i based using RPG … the other is Windows/*nix based using Java. One of my gripes about the other project is that that some of the error messages we get are difficult to figure out because we don’t get enough…

Al Barsa Challenge 2011 – Follow up

I’m pleased to announce that we met all the goals set for the 2011 Al Barsa Challenge! We received $2330 in contributions and had $4050 in matching donations for a total of $6380. Thanks to … Amanda Shaw, Leo Whitakar, Laura Ubelhor, Jon Anglis, David Willenborg, John Voris, Sharon Bodine, Guy Vig, Jenniefer Halverson, Marty…

Al Barsa Challenge 2011

Last year, I challenged the IBM i community to raise funds for the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to your contributions and some generous matching grantors, we raised $2,860. I think we can exceed that excellent figure. This time, we have even more matching grantors on board, each one contributing a dollar for dollar match….

We’re Number 2!

For some reason that just doesn’t have the right ring to it … oh well. None the less, this blog has been listed as number two in The Four Hundred’s “Best i Blog Bets: A Top 10 List” (by Alex Woodie). This seems to be the month for honors and recognition.

IBM Power Systems Champions

Recently IBM announced a new category for their Champions program … Power Systems Champions. I was honored to be one of the first community members inducted into the new category. IBM Champions are IT professionals, developers, and educators who lead and mentor others and help them make best use of IBM solutions and services. Get…

The Green Screen Sucks, And Other Heresy

For years we have been hearing of its demise, even IBM tried to drive a stake through it’s heart with the much fangled Java? but ye old 5250 emulation, also known as green screen, and the programs written to run on it just won’t die. After eleven years as an administrator, programmer and manager using…

RPG Open Access: Free Trial

Well … it’s getting closer at least. According to Jon Paris & Susan Gantner’s blog iDevelop, you can now get the standard 70 day trial for RPG Open Access. Details can be found on the IBM Announcement letter. I still think the feature needs to be included in the OS … but at least you…