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By gshiv ·
Hi,
I am a mainframe application developer having 7+ years experience. I am wanting to train into other platforms or train into web enabling technologies for mainframe based applications. Any suggestions as to what path must i take. You suggestions will be of great value to me.

Thanks

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Training Paths

Hi,

I believe that Microsoft's .NET technology will be the biggest growth area over the next few years.

Many people are assuming that Microsoft will port their technology to other platforms to become platform independent - at least for the runtime in much the same way that java is now.

If you're looking for a new language and indeed development environment (with the new Visual Studio .NET), then look into C# !!

Cheers,
Tim.

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by Jay Eckles In reply to Training Paths

One thing you might want to look at is Websphere - I understand that it has some sort of Cobol/Java interconnectivity that is really neat. Also, you might want to look at DB2Connect, which is a Java DB2 bridge. Either of those might be entry points where you could leverage your mainframe experience.

Good luck.

Jay Eckles
www.jayeckles.com

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Training Paths

Hi,

I see you rejected my answer... I'm not just some kid who is pushing his favorite language "Go for Powerbuilder. It Rocks!"

Ask most people today what .NET is and they'll likely answer its probably just Microsoft's domain or something.

The .NET technology primarily uses SOAP and XML as its interapplication comms protocols and most mainframe apps have now headed towards using XML as their standard.

In fact, my guess is that you've probably coded up your mainframe apps to produce XML to interface with any web enabled technologies even now!

There is a definite link for your mainframe experience.

Also, as I said, Microsoft will almost certainly be porting their runtime to other platforms. Mainframe OS's included. The .NETtechnology isn't just the client end - it includes the server components too and thats what you'd be putting on your mainframe.

Take a look at the .NET technology. As I said, being Microsoft - and being a very good technology, it will become the biggest thing since sliced bread. It'll almost certainly push java out of the marketplace (that's what its designed to do) and if you come in at the beginning you stand to reap the rewards for doing so!

If you're really looking for some sort of new direction to head in, then you'd be crazy to ignore this one...

Hope this helps,
Cheers,
Tim.

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