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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

A Quick Start to Using RSE | November 2006 | IBM i

The Importance of Community | October 2006 | IBM i

Whats All the Fuss About XML? | September 2006 | IBM i

The Mystery of the Command Line Parameters | August 2006 | IBM i

An Array of Arrays | July 2006 | IBM i

PHP Primer | May 2006 | IBM i

BLOBs, CLOBs and RPG | March 2006 | IBM i

A Traditional Approach to a Modern Technology | March 2006 | IBM i

What's New in V5R4 RPG? | February 2006 | IBM i

A New Year's Potpourri of RPG Tips | January 2006 | IBM i

Overcoming the Challenges of Embedding SQL into RPG Programs | September 2005 | IBM i

Bringing the Power of SQL to Your RPG Program | August 2005 | IBM i

Lock Up Your Data (But Don't Lose the Combination) | May 2005 | IBM i

Taking the Fear Out of WebSphere | April 2005 | IBM i

Adding 'Value' to Your Prototypes | December 2004 | IBM i