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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

Need a REST? | February 2012 | IBM i

Show Me the Data! | January 2012 | IBM i

XMLSERVICE Offers New Life for RPG Programs | December 2011 | IBM i

Alias Support in RPG | November 2011 | IBM i

Major Changes in RPG File Handling | September 2011 | IBM i

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It | August 2011 | IBM i

Exploring Recent SQL Discoveries | July 2011 | IBM i

A SQL Sequel | June 2011 | IBM i

There’s an RPG App For That! | May 2011 | IBM i

Still Dreaming | April 2011 | IBM i

Forum Inspiration | March 2011 | IBM i

New and Improved XML-INTO | February 2011 | IBM i

An RSE Wish List | January 2011 | IBM i

Four Ways To Keep Your RPG Skills Relevant | December 2010 | IBM i

"Webulating" Printer Output Revisited | November 2010 | IBM i