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UNSW student solves IBM mainframe challenge

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University of New South Wales undergraduate Derrick Teo has taken out the winning prize for IBM's 2010 Master the Mainframe, beating approximately 460 university students across Australia.

The annual competition, held for the third time this year, was designed to familiarise students with concepts regarding the large enterprise computing industry and build modern mainframe skills among students.

"I've always been interested in the technology driving enterprise systems and the contest was a rare opportunity for me to experience working on a mainframe,” the computer science honours student said.

“I particularly enjoyed integrating WebSphere MQ, DB2 and other elements of z/OS into a useful web application under CICS at stage three as it was the most challenging part of the contest."

Teo will graduate next year and has ambitions to become a software engineer.

“I think the competition was a really rare opportunity to gain experience with mainframes because mainframes are not something generally available for [students] to work on and to get experience with.”

Read article here: Computerworld Australia