IBM z Systems – Mainframe coding made easy

Increase developer productivity with open source languages & tools for z/OS

Once upon a time you had to know COBOL if you wanted to use a mainframe. That’s great if you graduated from college in 1978. But what about new graduates? How are they supposed to use computers that require proficiency in a language that isn’t even taught in most computer science programs anymore? New tools and languages are making it possible to program a mainframe without actually knowing COBOL.

Unleash programmer potential for new mainframe development

The generation of mainframe programmers who wrote many of the critical business applications running today is retiring, taking with it the knowledge and skills necessary to improve and maintain these programs. Most younger programmers lack familiarity with mainframe systems, making it difficult to fill the void. They are often well versed in C++ or JavaScript, but have never logged into a mainframe, let alone seen or written a JCL statement.

This skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations that rely on mainframes, but there’s reason for hope. New tools and languages are making it possible to program a mainframe (and even integrate with COBOL programs) without actually knowing COBOL. For example, we recently made more than 30 open source languages and tools available, making it possible for anyone to program a mainframe using languages they already know.

These tools and languages allow developers throughout your organization to have full access to all enterprise systems and data—even if they’re not experienced mainframers. That means developers can use R, Perl, Python, PHP and other languages that are in common use today; all they need is a user ID and password on the mainframe.

Rocket open source languages and tools for IBM® z/OS® are supported on z/OS 1.12 and above. They’re easy to download, easy to install, and easy to use—and best of all, they’re FREE! Take a look at the list today, and start getting more from your new developers.