About this blog

About this blog | About the author

About this blog


I created this blog to share ideas on how to do things using the IBM i operating system (formerly known as AS/400, iSeries, and System i).

Not everyone is an IBM i "black belt", with many years of experience with the IBM i operating system and who already knows all or most of the details in the posts of this blog. There are many "white", "yellow", and even "purple belts" who do not, and these need to be nurtured and encourage to become the "black belts" of the future.

I do not claim, or pretend, to be the person who knows the best way of doing everything. I hope that when I post on a subject if you know an alternative or better way of doing it you describe your method in the comments section for others to read.

Many of the ideas for these posts come from questions I have been asked by others.

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About the author: Simon Hutchinson

Photograph of the author, Simon Hutchinson

I am an IT professional with over 30 years' experience with the IBM i, and its former forms.

I first started as a programmer with the IBM System/36, and soon moved to programming on the AS/400.

I have worked in various positions as a programmer/analyst, freelance consultant, and am currently an IT Manager.

During those years I have used all flavors of RPG from RPG II, on System/36, to RPG for i (totally free format RPG), on IBM i, CL, SQL, and a whole variety of IBM i based tools.

I started my IT career in the United Kingdom, before emigrating to the USA.

Simon Hutchinson starting his first job with IBM midrange, 1988
Starting my first job on IBM midrange in 1988 (I am fourth from left, or right)

I currently live in Central Texas with my wife, who is also an IBM i developer type. During our marriage she taught me a lot and been a fantastic sounding board, for which I am very grateful.

Feel free to contact me by using the Contact Form, on the right.


Awards and recognitions

IBM Champion for Power 2021
IBM Champion for Power
IBM Community Contributor Level 1
IBM i Community
IBM Community Influencer Level 2
IBM i Community
IBM Certified Specialist logo
AS/400 RPG


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