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Jon Paris

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Jon is an IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition technical editor. His IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair ultimately led him to joining IBM.

In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently, he became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400.

In early 1989, Jon was transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM business partners and users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG.

Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on developing and delivering education focused on enhancing AS/400 and iSeries application development skills. He’s the co-owner of Partner400 ( and part of System i Developer (

Jon is a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON. He was named an IBM Power Systems Champion ( in October 2011. 

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Articles by Jon Paris

The Case of the Missing Parameters | November 2004 | IBM i

Mining for the Latest Gems in RPG IV | October 2004 | IBM i

You've Got Mail! | October 2004 | IBM i

A New Day for CL | August 2004 | IBM i

Utilizing MI Functions in RPG Programs | July 2004 | IBM i

What's New (and Enhanced) With RPG in V5R3 | June 2004 | IBM i

'Sorting' it All Out | May 2004 | IBM i

The Seven Deadly Sins of ILE | April 2004 | IBM i

More Myth-Busting | March 2004 | IBM i

ILE 'Mythconceptions' | February 2004 | IBM i

CODE or WDSc -- Which is Right for You? | January 2004 | IBM i

User Spaces and List APIs | December 2003 | IBM i

Developing New Applications | November 2003 | IBM i

By Now, the Case for RPG IV Should Be a No-Brainer | November 2003 | IBM i

Service Programs and Signatures | October 2003 | IBM i