RPG Open Access – It’s the perception IDIOT!
So this past week I was at COMMON conference. My favorite thing about COMMON is the networking because most everybody I am wanting to touch base with is there. Justin Porter, Brian May and myself (YiPs committee) were finally at the same conference all at once for the first time in 2 years!
During the conference I attended George Farr’s session where he introduced RPG Open Access (ROA) to COMMON attendees.
THE ROOM WAS PACKED!
Many people came to the door but had to turn away because there just wasn’t even any more standing room left. People really wanted to learn about this new RPG focused technology named “Rational Open Access: RPG Edition” and how it could help them modernize their existing applications – how it could be a modernization path that didn’t involve jumping ship from RPG to another language. That’s when it hit me. Even though many of us have been able to modernize with RPG for well over a decade, like BCD and Lansa stated in their formal press release , THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST TIMES IBM IS ACTUALLY, FORMALLY, SAYING THAT RPG IS A MODERNIZATION STRATEGY!
Now we officially have text and statements on IBM.com that show IBM believes RPG can still play a role in modernization. To my knowledge we haven’t had this before (no, Visual Age RPG doesn’t count, nor does CGIDEV2).
Now, I fully recognize ROA is only and interface and it still requires work to be done by *somebody*, but, like Trevor Perry and others have stated, there hasn’t been buzz like this in the RPG space for a looooong time. Let’s milk it for all it’s worth!