Watch quick conversations with a new generation of coders and creators about why they chose IBM Z and what they’re able to do with the system.

In this series:

  • Christos Pietris, Content Strategist and Host, IBM

See how new coders use the mainframe for various tasks
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In this series, New Faces of IBM Z, Content Strategist Christos Pietris hosts quick conversations with a new generation of coders and creators about why they chose IBM Z and what they’re able to do with the system.


COBOL as a foundational element

Mainframe Systems Programmer Torrie McLaughlin likes to think of COBOL as a key asset to her professional toolkit. Torrie started down the path to becoming a librarian after a stint in the military and one of the requirements was to get some programming experience and so her boss chose a class in COBOL for non-coder Torrie. From there, her learning spiralled. But the choice of COBOL provided a crucial foundation for learning all the newer languages people use to create applications that will connect with the mainframe. When asked about big iron and the cloud, she replied:

“The mainframe IS the fastest cloud on the planet.”

Learn more: What can Enterprise COBOL do for your business?

Exploring z/OS Functions

Z Function Tester Andrew Hicks helps people take on a task so enormous that many would give up before they started – how to handle more data combinations than the number of seconds since the Big Bang (about 1.0e84; the number of seconds since the start of the universe is about 1.0e-43). Andrew and team member Ryan Rawlins are working on a test that uses pairwise combinatorials to handle this massive number of potential combinations.

Learn more: IBM Research on combinatorial test design

 

Mainframe, Performance, Topics
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