Taking EGL and i to the Next Level
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Ha! I snuck in under the wire - it's been (just) less than a month since my last blog post. I hate when someone starts a blog and then just stops posting, but I assure you I had good reason. June was a super hectic month (including RSDC and OCEAN), and July hasn't shown any signs of letting up. There are things happening in the EGL world, some of which I can tell you, some I can't just yet. But suffice to say there will be a lot of things to talk about in the coming months - but you knew that would be the case, anyway, didn't you?
At the same time, I've had to keep up with the i world as well. Remember the name of this blog: EGL and i. Well, the i world has had some major announcements lately, many of which have to do with EGL directly or indirectly. For example, the ability to trade up from ADTS (the green screen tools) to RDi has been announced, which puts i programmers one step closer to EGL - hopefully once they play with RDi for a little while, they'll download a trial of RBD and find out what is really available!
Also, IBM announced the new Power 520 Express package - a powerful developer machine that includes a seat of RDi-SOA for EGL. IBM now has an entry level EGL machine for the RPG developer. This is huge. Anyway, I've been writing about that; you can read articles in MC Press and IBM Systems Magazine covering those topics.
But now I'm back and ready to roll with EGL. As many of you probably are, I'm waiting very expectantly for the next Alphaworks drop of Rich Web Support for EGL. As soon as it's available, I'll load it here at the Pluta Labs, and I'll strart letting you know what's up. Some say that Rich UI is a great complement for JSF, others say it is a replacement. I'll let you know what I think as I learn more about it, and this blog will be the primary place where you'll hear about my day to day struggles (well, here and in the forums :)).
Let's see how quickly this old dog can learn some new tech...