Monday, June 12, 2023

It has been a decade!

Saturday was the tenth year anniversary of this web site. IMHO that is a remarkable milestone. I have seen other IBM i related web sites and YouTube channels come and go in that time, as people do not appreciate the effort it takes to research, write, and publish content on a regular basis. I am not sure how long I thought I would write, I guess it was until there was nothing more about IBM i to write about. Fortunately IBM has obliged and this decade has seen more additions and changes to our favorite operating system than any other. Long may it continue.

On a personal side it has also been a surprising year. In April at COMMON's PowerUp2023 I was presented with the "John Earl Speaks Scholarship" for 2023. I was genuinely surprised when I was called up to receive this award. I want to thank the COMMON Education Foundation for considering me worthy for this.

Recognize a member of the COMMON community that exemplifies John’s dedication to helping the i Community grow.
Community scholarship page on COMMON website

It has been wonderful to be recognized as an IBM Champion for Power for a third year too.

I have also been spending my time presenting to various user groups and conferences. In the past twelve months I have presented to or at 18 local user group events, six of them in person. It has been a wonderful experience to meet everyone and have the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge.

User Groups
ASEAN, Singapore (2)
IMUG, Tennessee
i-UG, UK
MAGIC, Virginia (2)
MITEC, Michigan
OCEAN, California (2)
OMNI, Illinois
SEMIUG, Michigan (3)
TUG, Canada
WMCPA, Wisconsin
WMSUG, Michigan (2)

If you are a member of a local user group and you would like me to talk to your group contact me.

Every year I always give my five favorite posts, these are they in no particular order:

I am sure you have your favorites from this year too.

Before I end I need to thank some people:

I need to say a big "vielen Dank" to RZKH. Without their generous help and support I would not be able to write this blog.

And to all of you. I very much appreciate the ideas, feedback, and encouragement from y'all (I can use that as I now live in Texas) you send me. It keeps me going during those late nights I am writing next week's post.

Here starts another year of RPGPGM.COM!


  1. Congratulations on a decade! And thank you for doing this!

  2. Congratulations! I've been writing RPG for 8 years now and this has been one of the best sites I've read to learn and improve.

  3. Congratulations 🎉🎉 and thanks for being saviour for us at many times 🙇

  4. Happy anniversary and thanks a lot for ten years of helpful content!

  5. Congratulations and Wish you happy anniversary.

    Thanks a lot for your contribution on IBMi

  6. Long may you continue too! Keep the standard up and show what is possibile with this system... RPG (+SQL) is the best language for business logic, period, and your blog is excellent resource to keep skill sharp... we don't care about fashion, we care about substance.

  7. Congratulations! Your post lead me down a rabbit hole browsing a few years worth of your posts. You have certainly been busy. Great work. Here's to the next 10 years!

  8. Congratulations and thanks!

  9. Joyeux anniversaire. Merci pour votre travail, je vous suis depuis des années. Vos contributions m'ont permis de découvrir les nouveautés, de les comprendre et de les utilisés. J'espère vous lire encore les dix prochaines années.

  10. Congratulations and thank you for the insights into RPG and everything else IBMi. You have helped me keep up on the IBMi.

  11. Thank you a lot! has helped me a lot over the last couple of years! I have recomme d your site to a lot of people.
    Keep up the great work!! And thanks again!

  12. Congratulations Simon! A great achievement and a fantastic contribution to our community. Thank you.

  13. Thank you for your help!! Congratulations for first ten years

  14. Thank you for doing this!!!


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