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IBM Coding Forms
No, not my sweet, sweet natural mom, but IBM, the mother of us RPG programmers.
The adventure with IBM began way back in 1992 when my friend said to me:
"They need smart guys at a software house in Cesena!"
And thanks to my dear friend, I ended up there, amidst the hills, good wine, Piadina Romagnola, and fresh pasta!
It was December, and the company was an IBM partner. They asked me to take a course followed by an exam at IBM in Bologna. If I passed the test, they would hire me.
Boom! Just 20 days later, there I was, at work!
I started tinkering with the legendary IBM S/36 - today considered an informatics relic, but I swear, back then, it was a powerful machine!
The first program I wrote, believe it or not, was on paper provided by the ancient scribes of IBM. Yes, I handwrote a program on paper. It felt more like a grandma's recipe than the result of my hard-earned studies!
The "boss" said:
"It looks decent, but load it onto the S/36 and compile it first."
Well, that's when I realized my future wasn't in the art of calligraphy, but at least I stopped writing programs on paper!
After a few months with the S/36, the company and its clients had a revelation:
And I, being loyal to IBM mama, dove into that too. My love story with "mama" continued!
Today, "mama" spoils us with more powerful machines, and good old RPG has come a long way and evolved. I must admit, I'm crazy about its latest version, RPG Free!
Every day, I find myself battling with programs written in RPG, PRG ILE, but whenever I can, I try to play around with RPG Free. Yep, I give it a shot, but don't mistake me for an RPG wizard!
I even have this blog, though it's more of a personal outlet. Somehow, it manages to attract a few lost visitors. Some even thank me!
So, my life as an IBM programmer has been a series of evolutions under the loving wing of "mama IBM".
I can't claim to be a genius, but when I manage to solve a problem, write a new program that never breaks, well, I'm happy.
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