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Upgrading your iSeries skill set

I am going to be taking some courses to upgrade my iSeries programming skill set. I'm considering a Java course. What languages are in the highest demand -- especially for entry-level programmers?

We are finding that 'web-enablement' skills are becoming more important in iSeries data centers. Tools and environments that appear to be the most in demand are Java, Lotus Notes-Domino, J2EE, Swing, JSP, and XML. Application server packages, such as WebSphere, WebLogic, and Tomcat also seem to be in demand.

Skills and training that enhance your abilities to interface the traditional iSeries environment into other platforms (Unix, Microsoft, etc) will also enhance your marketability.

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Q&A: Mason calls WDSC the tool of choice for Web development beginners

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iSeries shops are placing Web development and Web enablement at the top of their priority lists. But if you're just starting out, where do you begin? There are so many options that choosing the one right may seem like an impossible task.

Jim Mason, president of ebt-now, talked with assistant editor Deb Tart recently at the Northeast IBM User Conference in Framingham, Mass., about tools and techniques for developing for the Web and what his Web tool preferences are.

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