MC Press Online is pleased to announce the launch of its completely new Web site designed to help System i professionals be more productive on the job and get more out of their career. Rest assured that the site still contains all of the content and features that you've come to expect, but it now also offers several powerful enhancements you're sure to find extremely useful:
Quit whining about the fact that your company isn't educating you. Educate yourself!
As I write this article, I realize that this will be the final installment in MC Press Online's iApplication Designer for 2007. I can't believe that 2007 is almost history! Traditionally, the last column of a year is used for reflection. And who am I to flout tradition?
I'll soon be celebrating another birthday, one that puts me within spitting range of the half-century mark. I haven't had the fabled mid-life crises (yet), but that hasn't stopped me from having the physical manifestations that age brings: the receding hairline and expanding waistline. I have come to the stunning revelation that I now have been working in the computer field for over half of my life and I really enjoy it. I'd like to think that I'm going to be able to retire in the field. To that end, I take three simple steps: I try to eat right, I try to get enough rest and exercise, and I try to keep my skills current—all with varying degrees of success. While the first two revolve around quality-of-life issues, your skill set is what keeps you marketable. You have to keep up-to-date if you want a long, successful career.
As the midrange world continues to get more interesting, we're going to need to work together even more, and a good place to start is the forums.
Written by Joe Pluta
This article is entirely devoted to the idea of making the forums a kinder, gentler place for people to share information, and doing so is going to require that regular contributors learn to adhere to a slightly more civil demeanor, especially when dealing with "outsiders" or "newbies."
Short breaks restore health and productivity.
We've all seen programmers slumping in their chairs, eyes glazed, brows furrowed, having gone several hours past the point of accomplishing much, perhaps about to create bugs that will have to be corrected later. If they had taken short breaks all along, refreshing body and mind, they could have gotten just as much work done, while slowing the onset of debilitating repetitive strain injury (RSI).
This book isn't a training manual; it's a reference book.
The Modern RPG IV Language, Fourth Edition by Robert Cozzi, Jr. is the latest version of a book that has enjoyed a long history of popularity in the RPG community. With this book, MC Press continues its tradition of providing relevant and timely materials in a quality book format.
In these days of multiple languages and architectures, how do you cohesively train a group of people with very different development goals?
"We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Two schools of thought exist in preparing software development teams. One is the compartmentalized approach, in which each person is involved in only his or her specific portion of the code and has no real contact with the other developers in the team, except through a project-tracking system.
The second approach is the group development effort, in which people not only are experts of their own domains, but are forced to walk a little way in the shoes of not only their coworkers but even their clients.