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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 State of Modernization | February 2008 | IBM i

Debugging RPG IV Programs - The WDSC Way | January 2008 | IBM i

Debugging RPG IV Programs - The Green-Screen Way | December 2007 | IBM i

Even More Flexible Calculations | November 2007 | IBM i

How Flexible are Your Calculations? | September 2007 | IBM i

More on RPG's XML Support | August 2007 | IBM i

Tips for New WDSC Installations | July 2007 | IBM i

New RSE Features Unveiled in WDSc V7 | June 2007 | IBM i

PHP Revisited | May 2007 | IBM i

WDSc V7--A Lot More than Just a Screen Designer | April 2007 | IBM i

RPG - Anchoring Your Team | April 2007 | IBM i

Data Storage Options in Subprocedures | February 2007 | IBM i

Using CGIDEV2 for Generating XML | January 2007 | IBM i

Improving Productivity When Using RSE | December 2006 | IBM i

Out of the Gate | December 2006 | IBM i