Susan Gantner - Partner400

May 17, 2005 FASUG EXTENDED Meeting

Session 1 - 3:00 to 4:15 - Essential Skills for the Modern RPG Developer

Are you exploiting all that RPG has to offer? What about your development environment and toolsets? Is knowing RPG - even the latest and greatest - enough? What other skills are essential for today's RPG developers? What about SQL, XML, ILE and Java? How important are these skills for RPG developers? We'll look at these questions and suggest which are the most critical skills and how to learn them.

Session 2 - 4:30 to 5:45 - Exploiting RPG's V5 Power Features

With free-format RPG stealing all the headlines, it was easy to overlook some of the other powerful features introduced in the V5 releases of RPG IV. This session will show you how to make the most of them to power-up your RPG programs.

Major topics to be covered include:

Registration - Networking - Dinner - 5:45 to 7:00

Session 3 - 7:15 to 8:45 - /Free Your RPG!

  With the V5R1 release of RPG IV IBM has "liberated" the language. In this session we will explore the essentials of /free-form coding including:
  The basic syntax rules of /Free RPG (or "How I learned to love the semi-colon")
  The new Built-in-Functions designed to replace unsupported operation codes, including the new BIFs to manipulate dates and times
  Coding alternatives for the defunct MOVE operation
  New operations you can ONLY use in /Free form

Our Speaker is Susan Gantner, a member of Partner400, an iSeries education company.

Her career has spanned over 25 years in the field of application development. Beginning as a programmer developing applications for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, she joined IBM in 1985. She worked at the IBM lab in Rochester, Minnesota for 5 years and later moved to the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory.

Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote full time to teaching and consulting. Her primary emphasis is on enabling customers to take advantage of the latest programming and database technologies on the AS/ 400 and iSeries. She is a regular speaker at COMMON conferences and other technical conferences around the world and holds a Speaker Excellence medal and the Jim Sloan Technical Speaker award from COMMON North America.

Susan can be contacted via her company's web site: Partner400.com.

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