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Ask Ian Mitchell

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For most of us in the CICS community Ian Mitchell needs no introduction. But I will go ahead and introduce him anyway. Ian has been working at IBM Hursley on CICS since 1987 and is currently a Senior Architect on CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. Obviously he is a man with his finger on CICS's pulse. I approached Ian and asked him if he would be interested in taking part in an interview with the CICS community and he graciously agreed. Here is our chance to ask Ian any questions related to CICS! (You can try asking Rugby, Cricket or Football (soccer) questions but they may go unanswered).

IBM Simplify Programming for Mainframe

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IBM Announces Five-Year March to Mainframe Simplification! The market for mainframes and other high-end servers shrank from $19 billion in 2000 to below $12 billion last year, according to IDC research director Steve Josselyn. IBM retains the leading share of the field and reaps a significant bounty from the software and maintenance associated with mainframes. But sales of the machines themselves dropped 7.6 percent in 2005 and rebounded only 1.5 percent in the first half of this year. Now IBM is announcing an effort to simplify the operating system and programming language that run mainframes, which often take years for specialists to master.

Wish your Hard Drive a Happy 50th Birthday!

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Today, the hard drive is found everywhere--from the PCs we use daily to MP3 players and memory keys so small you can toss them in your pocket and forget you're carrying around a hard drive. But when the hard drive was first introduced on September 13, 1956, it required a humongous housing and 50 24-inch platters to store 1/2400 as much data as can be fit on today's largest capacity 1-inch hard drives. Back then, the small team at IBM's San Jose-based lab was seeking a way to replace tape with a storage mechanism that allowed for more-efficient random access to data. The question was, how to bring random-access storage to business computing? Read the rest of this story at PC World A timeline on the evolution of the hard drive can be found here

Improving Your CICS Transaction Server v3.1 Throughput With OTE

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Running CICS® on Open Transaction Environment (OTE) provides a real performance boost, but until recently, only CICS and DB2® applications could benefit. With CICS Transaction Server V3.1 enhancements, you have greater flexibility for more applications to run on open TCBs. -Improve the performance of C/C++ applications using the XPLink feature of z/OS® -Use more simultaneous SSL connections -Migrate any hot-pooling (HPJ) compiled Java™ program objects to run in a Java Virtual Machine (JVM™) -Invoke more than one Java program within the same CICS task using the CICS program-link mechanism

PHP coming to a Mainframe near you.

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EDIT: I moved this story back to the top after Wayne Duquaine replied to the comments I made on PHP on CICS. Thank you for your input Wayne.
You can read Wayne's comments HERE

eWeek posted an article by Darryl K. Taft titled PHP Puts Mainframe Developers in Prime Time.
In the article Wayne Duquaine of Grandview Systems announced that IBM "is coming out with PHP on the mainframe in the next six to nine months..." and that Grandview systems will produce a CICS plug-in for PHP.

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