My name is Michael and I’ve been a software developer and consultant for about 30 years. Most of the work I’ve done has been specific to the IBM i environment and the RPG language. I’ve also done tons of SQL and HTML and Java over the years. But almost exclusively within the context of building apps to run on the IBM i.
For the last few years, all of my consulting contracts have been with clients that are moving off of the IBM i platform. While, in my opinion, that is a costly mistake, from which most smaller businesses won’t recover, those decisions are usually made before I show up. I specialize in integrating the IBM i with the outside world. Whether that be through creating and hosting APIs that are called from other platforms, or writing code to integrate with APIs, stored procs and database on other platforms, I’ve been doing it for years.
Lately, it has become more and more difficult to find contracts for my consulting work. I’ve decided I need to expand my portfolio, and therefore my reach into the market. To meet that goal I have joined Codecademy to expand my skill set into area that will leverage my decades of experience working with databases and business development processes, yet lead me into new territory opened up by new knowledge.
I plan to rely on this group heavily when I get stuck on something. In addition, I will give whatever help I can when asked. I think I still have a few tricks up my sleeve i can teach to you young whippersnappers.
Just stay off my lawn!