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Java on the AS/400

SRV Gopal
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Joined: May 16, 2001
Posts: 44
Hi Everybody,
It was really heartwarming for me to see that people were in fact talking about Java and AS/400 in the same breath. I have sometimes felt inferior compared to folks working on other platforms like Unix, Solaris, Windows NT, etc since the market seems to be flooded with books, material and software products catering to these segments and I hardly notice anything worthwhile for the AS/400. IBM certainly has to be blamed for this lack of popularizing the AS/400. I, like you all, am a die-hard fan of the AS/400 and love its many rich features. I would be only too happy if IBM does things that would make the AS/400 and Java relationship grow to new heights and we get the opportunity to do fun stuff on Java on the AS/400 itself and not think of forsaking this lovely platform ...

S.R.VenuGopal,<br />Senior Analyst/Programmer,<br />B.E.(EE), GNIIT, SCJP2
Ray Marsh
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Joined: Jan 12, 2000
Posts: 458

Hey, Sodiambakkam, do you have a nick (short) name? Like, Sodi or Soda or Joe? That name's a mouthful!
The future of the 400 has never been in more jeopardy. It is not from superior competition (there isn't any) or lack of a customer base.
The threat is from IBM itself. Publicly they claim to back the platform, yet they refuse to give it the functionality that it must have to stay current. It is unthinkable to have a platform that does not have native graphical support. Yet here sits the fastest, most stable, most reliable database server available with top-of-the-line hardware without GUI!? Many people say that with web apps, native GUI is less relevant, I agree, however it is a marketing thing. For the platform to survive, it must grow, to grow, it must have sales, to have sales the public must perceive it to be modern, cool, fast, sexy even. Public perception is not a technical attribute, but the 400 has a "green screen" therefore old fashioned, therefore out-of-date reputation, for those who have even heard of it. That perception plus IBM beating up their existing 400 customers for more money every year, plus a poor economy, has driven sales into the sewer.
My opinion, IBM is preparing to jettison the 400 platform in favor of another one that they will attempt to steer their customers towards. Ala system36, 38.
Some possibilities are...
Linux: (This may save the 400, IBM has Linux available on the 400 platform. Although admittedly I don't know the limitations of this arrangement.)
Unix AIX: This also runs on the 400. Not likely to happen, however. Unix AIX is Unix IBM�s way. Not widely used.

NT/Windows 2000: This has more likelihood than you may think. I haven't seen the 2000 numbers, but in 99 "Netfinity" servers had double the sales of AS400s. It was probably greater in 2000. This is the least desirable path, IMO. Yuk!

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. – Charles Spurgeon
SRV Gopal
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Joined: May 16, 2001
Posts: 44
Hi Ray,
You could call me 'Venu' or 'Sodiam' (as in Sodium Chloride). Yeah I agree with you as far as the future of the AS/400. But I guess in a market like today, it does not help to have allegiance to one platform or machine for long. Gotta be flexible and go with the tide or face the risk of 'Missing the Bus' ...
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Java on the AS/400
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