An RPG programmer by trade, Rod came to Rogue Wave Software (Zend) in late 2006 with more than 20 years of experience developing and supporting applications written for the System/38 and AS/400 family of IBM midrange computers. He remembers his early days at Zend as he made the transition away from the familiar environment of RPG, CL, job queues, and subsystems into this strange new world of PASE, Apache, IFS, and PHP. The transition was not always easy, not so much because these things were particularly difficult to use, but more because they seemed very different from the old ways. Rod has never forgotten this sensation of being lost in a new world. As a Zend support engineer working with IBM i customers today, Rod always works to help his newer customers understand this new environment and become comfortable working in it. to some RPG programmers.