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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

Open Access Made Easy With Templates | December 2014 | IBM i

Best Practices for Prototyping in V7 and Beyond | October 2014 | IBM i

A Closer Look at iSphere | September 2014 | IBM i

Tracing Our Steps | July 2014 | IBM i

Surprises in the New Free Format RPG | June 2014 | IBM i

Nulls: Dealing With Nothing Can Really Be Something! | May 2014 | IBM i

Our Perspective on RDi’s DDS Design Perspective | April 2014 | IBM i

The Case for a Modern Editor | February 2014 | IBM i

RPG Highlights and Heroes of 2013 (and Hopes for 2014) | January 2014 | IBM i

Expecting Unexpected Errors | December 2013 | IBM i

Generating XML the XMLi Way | November 2013 | IBM i

Happy Free RPG Day! | October 2013 | IBM i

List Handling With Open Access | September 2013 | IBM i

Modules, Subprocedures and Files | July 2013 | IBM i

Studying Data Studio | June 2013 | IBM i