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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

Sometimes You Need to be Flexible | June 2009 | IBM i

Increase Your Worth at Work | May 2009 | IBM i

XML-INTO Revisited | April 2009 | IBM i

New D-Specs Break the Limit | March 2009 | IBM i

RSE Lessons Learned While Teaching | February 2009 | IBM i

What Every RPGer Needs to Know, Part 2 | December 2009 | IBM i

Exploring ATK | December 2008 | IBM i

Code on the Road | November 2008 | IBM i

How Zend Builds a Bridge | October 2008 | IBM i

A Debate: DDS vs. DDL | September 2008 | IBM i

6.1 and Your Vendor Applications | August 2008 | IBM i

Documentation Made Easier | July 2008 | IBM i

By George, I Think They’ve Got It! | July 2008 | IBM i

Jon's Favorite New RPG Feature | May 2008 | IBM i

Tips and Tricks to Answer Reader Questions | February 2008 | IBM i