Topic: What's New in CL Programming

Date:Tuesday January 22nd, 2008
Time:5:30 Deli / 6:00 Meeting
Location:Carhartt Inc.
5750 Mercury Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126 (map)
Speaker:Kevin Forsythe
Notes:handouts (Powerpoint)

Special Instructions for This Month's Meeting

Attendees must enter the building from the front door -- the door will be locked and the security guard will need to know that they are here for the SEMIUG meeting.The cafeteria is on the 2nd floor -- security will direct attendees there.

In the last two releases, IBM has made huge and unprecedented changes in the CL programming language.

Until V5R3 and V5R4, CL had seemed about as dormant as DOS! But now we can all thank IBM for beefing up this language and providing us with a number of great features.

These enhancements improve CL programís ability to interoperate with other languages, and generally make it easier and more productive to work with.

Meet the Speaker:

Kevin Forsythe

Kevin Forsythe has worked on IBM midrange systems for more than twenty years. With many years of experience in programming, analysis, consulting, and instruction, he is uniquely skilled at making difficult material more easily understood. As the lead instructor for DMC Consulting's AS/Credentials training classes, Kevin is responsible developing up to date courseware as well as providing instruction on a wide range of topics. This comprehensive background includes practical application, education, and research and provides a perspective that allows him to help others steer their way through the technical maze that surrounds them.

Kevin speaks regularly at conferences and user group meetings, volunteers as a Subject Matter Expert for COMMON, has written numerous articles on a variety of iSeries topics, and authored the best-selling book "SQL for eServer i5 and iSeries", and co-authored "IBM iSeries/i5 Primer, Fourth Edition", along with Ted Holt, Doug Pence, and Ron Hawkins.

Continuous growth and learning blended with helping others is the cornerstone of Kevin's life and it extends beyond his professional life and into his private life as well. In his free time, Kevin practices martial arts, and teaches at his own dojo as an instructor for the Goju Ryu Karatedo Kyokai. The martial arts principals of honest self evaluation and striving for continuous improvement have become a way of life and help him to better himself in all aspects of his life.