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Even Slashdot Debated the "comeback" of the Mainframe

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Mainframe Programming to Make a Comeback? is the heading on Slashdot. There are some very interesting comments and then some over the top ones. An interesting read none the less.

I.B.M. Seeks to Make the Mainframe Modern Technology - NYTimes

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By STEVE LOHR New York Times For years, the I.B.M. mainframe business has been running on an ever-accelerating treadmill. The company must go faster and faster, with performance improvements and price cuts, just to keep mainframe technology in place and relevant in modern corporate data centers. Skip to next paragraph The New York Times That campaign has been remarkably effective, defying predictions of the mainframe's demise year after year. But now, I.B.M. wants to go further. It is to make a series of announcements today introducing software tools, academic programs and support for outside developers that I.B.M. says are intended to bring new business and new programmers to the mainframe. I.B.M. is trying to position the mainframe for corporate customers as a "hub of Internet-based computing."

IBM tries regenerating mainframe software community

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Citing the all-too-familiar numbers that the mainframe remains alive and quite well, IBM Corp is rolling out a blitz to address the lack of software, third party support, and skills base. The announcement, first disclosed at an analyst briefing in New York, covered products from IBM's WebSphere, Tivoli, and Rational brands, plus various initiatives aimed at rebuilding the mainframe community itself.

Site Updates

It's been awhile since my last update, post or blog entry. Things have been a little bit hectic for me but I will make a concerted effort to try and keep things rolling here. There are a couple of improvements that needs to be done on the site itself. For instance currently the news feeds are not searchable and I'm working on a fix to include all news feed items in a site search. (Doing a Google search will show the news feed items on the site but a site search won't)

CICS and Patents

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How do you access you're CICS data? Is it thru plain old BMS and a 3270 terminal? Or perhaps you are using SOAP or HTTP via CWS?
Whatever it is you are doing, or planning to do, do not convert you're BMS maps in CICS to XML before presenting it to the enduser.
If you do do that, put a call in to you're legal department and ask them to take a look at
U.S. Patent Number 6,981,257 B2.

Here is an abstract of the patent:

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