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Manta Technologies: Your Resource for IBM i Training

Manta offers a complete library of courses for programmers, operators, system administrators, and users of the IBM i operating system, which runs on IBM Power Systems.

All of our courses are web based and run in all popular browsers.

Save 25% on Manta's System Administration Combination Pack!

Regular visitors to this site know that Manta offers a different combination pack on sale every month. Our combination pack feature for October is the System Administration Combination Pack. Get the complete set of 32 courses and exams at 25% off.

Why Manta? Because people learn by doing, not by watching.

Many people are content attending typical lecture-based classes. But without practice and reinforcement, new skills don't stick. That is why better classes include tests and lab problems.

Manta designs every course with the belief that people learn by doing. A typical course starts with the presentation of concepts. Graphics and animations are used where needed. The course shows how to accomplish a task using actual screens captured from an IBM i system. Then, the student gets to practice every skill that was taught using Manta's exclusive IBM i simulator. Success here means that the student can immediately transfer the skills that were learned to a live system.

Check us out. This web site includes our complete catalog, as well as a sample session from each of our 123 courses and exams. You'll like what you see.

Free-Form RPG Programming Status

All seven courses of the Free-Form RPG Programming series are now available, a month ahead of schedule. As promised, all customers who purchased the series before today have had their licenses reset to give them a full year's access to the entire series.

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President's Letter

For most of my 40+ years in this industry, I've not only designed and written hundreds of courses, but had the pleasure of training experienced IT professionals in the art of course development. My first challenge is to convince the new developer that our job is not to cover a topic, such as the Advanced Job Scheduler or RPG, but to leave our students with skills they can apply back on the job. As anyone who has met a software sales rep knows, it it one thing to wax poetic about a product. It is quite another to be able to install it and make effective use of it in a real-world environment.

Given this insight, the new developer is ready to attack the first task in designing a new course: list the things we expect the student to be able to do at the end of the course. That's the easy part for most people who have worked in the field they are now teaching. The more difficult part is in realizing that in most adult learning situations, the student enters the class with an existing skill set. It's our job as educators to figure out what they already know. No only does this avoid boring the students, it also saves time and money. Because most of our students are being trained on their employer's dime, producing a skilled worker faster and cheaper is a good thing that will bring return business.

A case in point is RPG programming. Manta's original series (RPG Programming) was the first from any vendor to cover ILE and the RPG IV programming language. It assumes students know how to program. For example, they know what a table is and the logic to process one. This assumption allowed us to concentrate on the language itself, which made it easier to also include in the target audience those RPG III programmer who were moving up to RPG IV. This series has been updated many times since it was released, but the audience has not changed. One result of this is that the course discusses both the fixed-format C specs and the free-form C specs introduced in 2005.

With the introduction of the free-form H, F, D, and P specs in 2014, a need arose for a course designed for the experienced RPG programmer who wanted to learn the differences. This need was filled by the two-hour Manta course called Coding Free-Form RPG.

Today, a growing number of programmers are being hired out of college and assigned to RPG projects. Rather than starting from "here's how we did things in 1980," organizations have learned that such programmers can be productive quickly by starting them on free-form RPG. Manta's new seven-course, 18- to 24-hour Free-Form RPG Programming series fits this audience perfectly.

Designing training to fits the needs of specific audience groups is a common-sense idea. But only Manta consistently delivers on this promise.

Keep learning,


William A. Hansen, Ph.D.