My new place of employment has their database on a Mainframe. All of the data access is done through these propietary methods that are quite cumbersome. In fact they cannot really be reused in other situations. Are there drivers that work on the mainframe? I would love to be able to take sql statements and just feed them in.
Is the mainframe being used for batch jobs or for real-time queries? If batch, you could insert steps in the job stream somewhere that calls a program that will just read the database and re-write data to a simple sequential file. You can use that file for use with just about anything else. If it's a real-time transaction scenario, then it's more problematic.
I am not insane. The voices in my head told me so.