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Updated curriculum to focus on modernization and latest capabilities of IBM i and RPG. 

System i Developer has announced that its eighth RPG & DB2 Summit conference, set for Oct. 12-14, 2010, will return to a favorite venue in Minneapolis with a significantly updated curriculum themed “i can…can you?” The new curriculum advances the Summit’s goals of explaining new capabilities of the IBM i: teaching modern development skills, tools and methods and inspiring developers to embrace modernization projects that compel their companies to keep mission-critical applications and data on the IBM i platform. 

“A major problem facing IBM i developers is that proponents of other platforms are quick to say, ‘We can do that” when it comes to meeting new business demands,” explains System i Developer partner Jon Paris. “Traditional RPGers know that the i is rock solid, but they don’t necessarily have the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to build modern UIs, Web applications, and data-centric solutions. All of the tools are there. But individuals have to make the commitment to learn the skills that will keep both them and the i relevant. That’s the ‘i can … can you?’ challenge.” 

Paris and System i Developer partners Paul Tuohy, Susan Gantner and Skip Marchesani will help developers and database engineers hone critical skills at the RPG & DB2 Summit in October. Over one-third of the sessions on the preliminary agenda are new or significantly updated this year. Together with guest speakers Scott Klement, Mike Cain, Kent Milligan, Barbara Morris, Bruce Vining and Aaron Bartell, the group will explore several areas in depth, including modernization techniques, PHP, SQL, database performance, updates for RPG/DB2/CL in IBM i 7.1 and RPG Open Access. As a whole, RPG & DB2 Summit sessions train attendees on practical, use-it-today tips and techniques used for speeding development, improving application flexibility, modernizing program architecture and implementing new types of user interfaces. 

“There’s been a lot of gnashing of teeth over the decline of the IBM i, yet the platform is more flexible, efficient, and secure than ever,” expounds Paris. “If we want the i to survive, then we darned well better learn to use the tools it gives us so we can prove to management that it’s still the best platform in the world.” 

In addition to the three-day conference, four optional half-day Headstart Seminars on Monday, Oct. 11, provide an in-depth focus on Web Services, PHP, HTML/Javascript/CSS for RPG developers, and leveraging SQL for data-centric applications. Attendees can add seminars to their conference registration at $215 for one seminar, or $295 for two. 

Renowned for its value proposition, the Summit offers a discounted early registration rate of $1095 ($995 for alumni) through July 30. Standard registration is $1395 ($1195 for alumni.) Registration includes breakfast and lunch each conference day, plus a welcome banquet on the first night. 

Returning to the Sofitel in Minneapolis, System i Developer again negotiated a special room package for attendees at just $99/night plus taxes. “Last fall, Summit attendees gave the Sofitel rave reviews,” says Skip Marchesani. “The food was incredible, and we had excellent accommodations with complimentary Internet access, parking, and shuttle service from the airport. It’s one of the best hotel values we’ve seen in all of our years speaking at conferences.” 

The RPG & DB2 Summit is sponsored by leading media organizations, IBM Systems Magazine, System iNetwork and MC Press Online. For more information on attending the RPG & DB2 Summit, visit www.systemideveloper.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 802-496-3397 (toll-free 866-716-5409). 

About the RPG & DB2 Summit

The RPG & DB2 Summit, created by System i Developer as a highly interactive conference experience devoted exclusively to the needs of RPG & DB2 developers, debuted in March 2007 and has continued uninterrupted with two major events per year to the present. The Summit provides an educational agenda focused solely on the RPG and database skills developers need for their daily work, presented in an intimate and affordable environment. 

About System i Developer

Comprised of top experts in RPG IV, SQL, DB2, ILE, RSE, PHP and Web technologies,
System i Developer delivers the very best RPG and DB2-focused education available.  Its cornerstone conference, the RPG & DB2 Summit, provides an interactive, total immersion experience to RPG and DB2 developers who want to stay abreast of the latest advancements and learn how to apply specific RPG and DB2 techniques to keep their software applications vibrant and innovative.

As independent educators with longstanding relationships with IBM, members of the consortium also work with individual organizations to provide well-informed, unbiased advice and training on any IBM i development topic—from basic best practices to the newest, most advanced techniques.

Comprised of top experts in RPG IV, SQL, DB2, ILE, RSE, PHP and Web technologies, System i Developer delivers the very best RPG and DB2-focused education available.  Its cornerstone conference, the RPG & DB2 Summit, provides an interactive, total-immersion experience to RPG and DB2 developers who want to stay abreast of the latest advancements and learn how to apply specific RPG and DB2 techniques to keep their software applications vibrant and innovative. As independent educators with long-standing relationships with IBM, members of the consortium also work with individual organizations to provide well-informed, unbiased advice and training on any IBM i development topic—from basic best practices to the newest, most advanced techniques.

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