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ToddBritton 110000GJ13 Visits (2114)
Who am I?
On the surface, I am responsible for IBM Rational's Enterprise Modernization tools and compilers. EGL is included in that category because it is a key element of our strategy to help customers modernize their applicaiton portfolios. EGL is multi-dimensional, though, so lets be careful about pigeon-holes. Much more on this in future blogs!
A second answer to who am I can be found in what I have been. Prior to working for IBM, I joined a small start-up System 38 Independent Software Vendor that focused on the Oil & Gas industry. For the 11 years that I spent with that company I built or managed the building of line of business applications for that industry in the RPG language for the System 38/A
What does EGL mean to me?
This description of the System 38 can also help to describe a key aspect of EGL...that is, its keen focus on helping developers to solve business problems. Specifically, It's designed be a highly productive, complete, well-conceived, yet simple way to build business applications from one end to the other, with the added advantage of being able to run in several different runtime environments.
My hopes and aspirations for this site
Community is essential to a language today and we've had countless suggestions from our customers and partners that they needed a central place to meet, share experiences, and get the latest on EGL. The EGL Cafe is that place. I expect to see blogs from partners and ISV's that are leveraging EGL and have parts or services to share or sell. I expect to see additional forums spawned around specific sub-communities like Web 2.0 development with EGL or ISV's or exploiting IBM i or ... These sub-communities can drill deep and talk about things that are specifically interesting to them. I expect to see Jon Sayles' extensive portfolio of EGL content exposed to more EGL developers in "Jon's Corner". I expect to see all sorts of documents related to the wonderful world of EGL application development. And finally I hope to be surprised with new and interesting content and ideas for the EGL world!