Sunday, April 24, 2011

Listed Next To Buggy Whip Makers

RPG Programmer and Business Analyst


  1. I never programmed in RPG but I was an IBM AS400 system admin for a while before going to back to IBM mainframe systems (I remember when people said they would go the way of the buggy whip, too). IIRC OS/400 had a System 3x emulation mode that supported RPG. The systems were darn near bulletproof and are still marketed by IBM as the i-series. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the ID HFA has one stuck in a closet somewhere still puttering along.

  2. Wow.

    RPG was the first programming language I learned at Ventura Community College in I think it was 1977. (I forgot it well before '79 ...). Although really "programming language" may be a generous term for it.

    It was an obsolescent language then.

  3. Well, a very significant player in the Blood Bank Software arena is written primarily in RPG.

    I'll grant that it looks and reads like Klingon to me, but if they can make it work, and get FDA approval for their system, more power to them!

    (Disclaimer: I did contract work for these guys in the 90's, doing non-RPG-related stuff.)