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1 thartric commented Permalink

Hey Bob, I enjoyed the blog entry and working together on developerWorks. Since our ISPF days, what a ride it's been, huh?

2 bobleah commented Permalink

@Tom: we have had some great times working together at ISPF and dW! As I look back through my career, its all been fun times, but ISPF still stands out as a very special project!

3 JayAllen commented Permalink

Alright I give, what is ISPF?

4 David_Salinas commented Permalink

Bob, are you trying to keep us in suspense regarding "ISPF"?

5 bobleah commented Permalink

@David @Jay: ISPF stands for Interactive System Productivity Facility. It is an IBM software offering... that Tom and I use to work on. <div>&nbsp;</div> From Wikipedia:<div>&nbsp;</div> In computing, Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) is a software product for the z/OS operating system that runs on IBM mainframes. It includes a screen editor, the user interface of which was emulated by some microcomputer editors sold commercially starting in the late 1980s, including SPFPC.<div>&nbsp;</div> ISPF primarily provides an IBM 3270 terminal interface with a set of panels. Each panel may include menus and dialogs to run tools on the underlying Time Sharing Option (TSO). Generally, these panels just provide a convenient interface to do tasks -- most of them execute modules of IBM mainframe utility programs to do the actual work. ISPF is frequently used to manipulate z/OS data sets via its Program Development Facility (ISPF/PDF).<div>&nbsp;</div> ISPF is user-extensible and it is often used as an application program interface. Many vendors have created products for z/OS that use the ISPF interface.