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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

When You Wish Upon a Star | October 2010 | IBM i

Memories Are Made of This | September 2010 | IBM i

Three Top FAQs for RSE | August 2010 | IBM i

Getting a Handle on RPG’s Open Access | July 2010 | IBM i

Using Screen Designer | June 2010 | IBM i

Making RPG Even More “Special” | May 2010 | IBM i

Big Changes for RPG in IBM i 7.1 | April 2010 | IBM i

Get More from RPG | March 2010 | IBM i

The Ever-Evolving Role of RPG | February 2010 | IBM i

Retrospective: A Decade of i | January 2010 | IBM i

What Every RPGer Needs to Know, Part 1 | November 2009 | IBM i

Another Database on My i? Whatever For? | October 2009 | IBM i

Two New Open-Source Database Tools | September 2009 | IBM i

Subprocedure Basics | August 2009 | IBM i

Three Good Reasons to Stop Writing Subroutines | July 2009 | IBM i