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Rational Developer for AIX* and
Linux*, or Rational Developer for
System z."
While you may need to learn
COBOL if you are using RDz,
Fulton explains that "you will
not need to learn a new editor
or debugger interface-that will
be pretty consistent." People
new to the mainframe must first
understand the environment (e.g.,
COBOL transactions running
in CICS) and the business logic
surrounding the application at
hand. "The tools will help, not
hinder," he says.
The mainframe supports
various environments, several
OSs, many transaction
processing systems and the many
programming languages. Because
of this complex environment,
Fulton says the mainframe may
be intimidating to those who are
new to the system. After the new
programmer understands which
environment and programming
language he's working in, it
becomes a little less daunting.
"Once you have narrowed
your scope, it will not be
overwhelming as there are
many online courses available
for all aspects of mainframe
programming," Fulton notes.
"A reasonable programmer
should be able to pick up COBOL
quickly, as COBOL is a very easy
language to learn." But COBOL
is not the only programming
language used on the
mainframe. In fact, Fulton says,
"About one in five mainframe
MIPS are Java MIPS; Java is a
very common language to use in
both our transactional and batch
environments."

Tools of the Trade
IBM provides tools for the entire lifecycle of application
development and operations-called DevOps. Many
people take a single application from development to
production and integrated tools are available for every
person who works on the application.
"Whether we are talking about the mainframe, AIX
or Linux, the steps are similar: There are requirements
for gathering, development, release, builds, test,
deploy and the need for the team to communicate
effectively," Fulton says. "All of our tools are designed
to work well with each other or in conjunction with
third-party tools because many of our clients have
environments with tools from many vendors."
Fulton says IBM also provides Rational
Development and Test Environment for System z
(RD&T). This software enables z/OS middleware
and other z/OS software to run on Intel* and Intelcompatible platforms-all without the need for
z Systems* hardware. RD&T offers an approachable
and portable environment for employee education
on z Systems, and offers a high-fidelity development
and test environment designed to streamline the
delivery of production-ready applications. (Read
about using RD&T in the cloud at bit.ly/19cJLIO.)
"With RD&T and an x86 machine running Linux,
you get an entire mainframe to yourself," Fulton
says. "We emulate the z Systems hardware and
provide pre-installed software such as CICS, IMS and
DB2." He explains you can run the mainframe on an
airplane using these tools. In fact, he's done that.
"It's a great way to do development or test in your
own sandbox," he adds.
With all of these tools readily available, Fulton
says the only missing piece is the people to use them.

Learn More
DevOps: ibm.com/developerworks/devops/
products.html
Rational Developer for System z: ibm.com/
software/products/en/developerforsystemz
Rational Developer and Test Environment
for System z: ibm.com/software/products/
en/ratideveandtestenviforsystz

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Current mainframe experts are
reaching retirement age and want
to pass along their knowledge
to the next generation of
programmers.
"You have a wealth of business
knowledge in your veteran
mainframe programmers," Fulton
says. "It is important that, when
junior programmers are mentored,
this business knowledge is
transferred. It's important to
ensure that the old technology
isn't simultaneously transferred.
While a seasoned veteran may
be thoroughly comfortable
with green-screen tools, the
millennial programmer will find
this constrictive."

Not Going Anywhere
"The breadth and depth of the
mainframe is truly impressive,"
Fulton says. "Regardless of
what anyone says, it's not
going anywhere."
Today, virtualization is the most
effective way companies reduce
IT expenses while remaining
highly efficient and agile. People
may not realize that virtualization
was done more than 30 years ago
on the mainframe. "We invented
cloud computing, but it had a
different name," Fulton explains.
And in the world of big data,
the mainframe shines. "All of the
really interesting problems will
be solved on the mainframe," he
says. "If you want a good job in a
Fortune 500 company, get a job
on the mainframe. You cannot
find a more dependable career in
the IT industry."
Caroline Vitse is a freelance writer
based in Rochester, Minnesota.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015

Table of Contents
IBM Perspective: A mainframe built for Generation Z
Editor's Desk: Optimistic future
Partner PoV: Now is the time for multifactor authentication
Infographic: Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths
Currents: TCO for an IBM z13 cloud is lower than an x86 or public cloud, according to an IBM study
R&D: IBM Research is working to better diagnose osteoporosis -- and make computing more economical
Cover Story: Mastering the Mainframe: IBM contest connects millennials to the mainframe and potential employers
Feature: The Millennial Career Guidebook: Six groups and resources to help mainframers starting their careers
Feature: Mainframe Within Reach: IBM provides a rich set of solutions designed to help new mainframe programmers
Tech Showcase: IBM X-Force report reveals challenges and strategies to succeed in the new computing environment
Tech Corner: New IBM z13 chip improves throughput and analytics performance
Solutions: ReACT V4.0; Ivory Service Architect V4.6
Stop Run: Running and fencing keep IBMer active
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
Linux on z E-book
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - IBM Perspective: A mainframe built for Generation Z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Editor's Desk: Optimistic future
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Partner PoV: Now is the time for multifactor authentication
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Infographic: Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Currents: TCO for an IBM z13 cloud is lower than an x86 or public cloud, according to an IBM study
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - R&D: IBM Research is working to better diagnose osteoporosis -- and make computing more economical
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover Story: Mastering the Mainframe: IBM contest connects millennials to the mainframe and potential employers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Feature: The Millennial Career Guidebook: Six groups and resources to help mainframers starting their careers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Feature: Mainframe Within Reach: IBM provides a rich set of solutions designed to help new mainframe programmers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Tech Showcase: IBM X-Force report reveals challenges and strategies to succeed in the new computing environment
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Tech Corner: New IBM z13 chip improves throughput and analytics performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Solutions: ReACT V4.0; Ivory Service Architect V4.6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Stop Run: Running and fencing keep IBMer active
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Linux on z E-book
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - SE3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - SE4
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