Jon Paris

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Jon Paris is a Canadian computer scientist, author, and speaker recognized as one of the top experts for IBM's System i computers.[1] In 1987, Jon, then an experienced consultant, was hired by IBM to develop COBOL compilers for the System/36 and System/38 minicomputers.[2] From there, he transitioned into the RPG group, where he played a pivotal role in the development of the modern RPG language as well as other language and development tools, including CODE/400 and Visual Age for RPG. He has also been instrumental in the porting of Python,[3] Ruby, and other languages to the IBM i platform, as well as being a leader in pushing the adoption of completely free RPG.[4] He is also an advocate for PHP on i.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Paris is married to Susan Gantner.[6]


In 2011, Paris was named Power Systems Champion.[7]


  1. ^ Burger, Dan (31 August 2015). "What IBM Can Learn From Free-Form RPG". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Biography: Jon Paris". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  3. ^ "The Completely Different World of Python With IBM i". July 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  4. ^ May, Brian (16 December 2015). "What Was Your Favorite Gift from IBM This Year?". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  5. ^ Shirey, David (16 January 2013). "PHP and the i, Part 1". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  6. ^ Woodie, Alex (31 January 2011). "RPG Surges in Popularity, According to Language Index". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Champions". Retrieved 2 May 2016.

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