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    what does a mainframe programmer do exactly?


    hi,

    i am just curious... i found this vacancy in a certain company and they need a mainframe programmer. well, after some conversation, i found out that the task of this kind of programmer is NOT the development of applications, but primarily cutomization of mainframes to fit the needs of the company.

    do you guys know of anthing about this job? what kind of customizations do they do? programming right, so what kind of language?

    ???
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    System Programmers do what you just describe - they are like sysadmins. They install and customize canned software, for example

    Mainframe code is in:
    JCL - like shell programming
    COBOL
    C
    FORTRAN
    CICS - communications layer programming
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    can those langauges be performed/practiced in an ordinary x86 pc?
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    CICS and COBOL are the toppest languages in the ranking of mainframes ! mainframes are faster than our any microprocessor technology so that the reason it is used for writting languages the microprocessor computers with os with a related lanuage compiler can also used
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    Originally Posted by spyghost
    can those langauges be performed/practiced in an ordinary x86 pc?
    YEs, if you purchase an "emulator" or equivalent software clone like "Realia Cobol", "Realia CICS", etc...
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    Mainframe developer


    Absolutly, I work in an exceedingly Mainframe atmosphere, and that i notice it, simply as you said, Boring rigid, hideous! I seriously ought to update my skills! everybody that works within the MVS atmosphere hates it. simply one thing to try to to for a paycheck.
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    Originally Posted by hash33
    Absolutly, I work in an exceedingly Mainframe atmosphere, and that i notice it, simply as you said, Boring rigid, hideous! I seriously ought to update my skills! everybody that works within the MVS atmosphere hates it. simply one thing to try to to for a paycheck.
    Then you're not doing it right ...
    I enjoyed my MVS experience, from 'basic' COBOL programmer through to CICS sys admin and many parts between.
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