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1 David Myers commented Permalink

+1 for the usage of "old school".

2 TonyChen commented Permalink

I was a little bit scared when I was assigned to work on a mainframe project, but it soon turn out to be 'just another platform' to build and deploy your app. I'm still using eclipse, still having source code management, task management and agile dev process just like any other projects.

3 ijmitch commented Permalink

Great stuff Tim - and a sincere thanks to the Rational team for RTC and RDz which we in CICS Development migrated 100% to last year (as I blogged about over at http://themasterterminal.com/2011/06/11/cics-development-and-rational-tools/) - the CICS teams across Hursley, Bangalore and Beijing are developing new releases and servicing CICS TS V4.2 using RTC.

4 RBoutell commented Permalink

Excellent blog entry! It has been years since I have developed on the mainframe, but that is where I started way back in 1976, coding in IBM Assembler on a System 370. I knew the mainframe would not die....it is way to powerful and useful to allow something like that to happen. My hats off to all mainframers out there.

5 thartric commented Permalink

Great blog Tim... I spent several years with ISPF on MVS... as the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Thanks for sharing.

6 wendytoh commented Permalink

Great blog Tim. There's a great opportunity out there to help our clients transform their mainframe development using the tools you described. It's good to see internal adoption grow as well!

7 timhahn commented Permalink

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone! I also enjoyed reading Ian's blog entry which gives some of the experiences of the CICS development team.

 
One of the most important things that we're providing here is a path for software development teams to apply their skills across many environments - enabling what I call skills portability.

8 venkatu commented Permalink

Great Blog Tim !!!

9 Anthony_Kesterton commented Permalink

Excellent and useful summary - I have pointed my colleagues at this post to help them better understand mainframe development

10 WCJohnston commented Permalink

This is great stuff, Tim. thanks for getting the word out.

11 Jeffy commented Permalink

Nice blog, Tim.

 
I see no reason to alter my career path! It is amazing that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

12 XUS commented Permalink

What about EGL ?

13 QA0F_Jeremy_Hamilton commented Permalink

Great blog.

 
Just wanted to mention that the System z Problem Determination Tools have also taken steps to modernize the interfaces for many of their tools. The IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS® have powerful functions and features to help you to modernize your existing System z applications and transform your System z environment into a service-oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure.
 
Currently the System z Problem Determination Tools offer 4 products (listed below) with graphical user interfaces which not only help to shorten the learning curve for those who are new to mainframe, but also provide features which make even "old school" 3270 mainframers more efficient. All of the PD Tools GUIs can be installed or are shipped with RDz.
 
IBM Debug Tool for z/OS enables you to examine, monitor, and control the execution of C, C++, COBOL, and PL/I programs. Debug Tool is an interactive source-level debugging tool for compiled applications in a variety of environments; Batch, CICS, IMS, DB2.
 
IBM® File Manager for z/OS® is a toolset for working with z/OS®, DB2®, IMS™, CICS®, and WebSphere MQ data. Display, edit, update, create, copy, compare, print and erase your data files with this member of the IBM Problem Determination Tools suite.
 
IBM® Fault Analyzer for z/OS® assists developers in analyzing and fixing application and system failures. When one of your applications ends abnormally, it helps you identify the cause, analyze the failure and fix the problem.
 
Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS measures and reports how your applications use resources. This problem determination tool helps you identify system constraints and improve application performance.
 
More information about the above tools and both their 3270 and GUI interfaces, as well as the rest of the PD tools suite can be found at: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/deployment/

14 5C96_Knud_Vrå commented Permalink

Pity though that only one of the PD Tools - Debug Tool - is included in the RDz-UT offer

15 BasevaIM-Guy commented Permalink

What this article failed to mention was the ADCD zPDT tool set which allows you to run Z/OS, Z/VM or Z/VSE on a linux x86 platform.

 
http://dtsc.dfw.ibm.com/adcd.html