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i have a mainframe question

thejwal pavithran
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Joined: Feb 11, 2012
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hey guys i have been enjoying the ranch much in the past few i have joined a company and mainframe has been allotted as my stream...i will start training dream job was to develop cool web apps using java or c#...but java was not allotted to guys please guide me on mainframe a good career path? how tough is it compared to java? i know its not practical to compare the two..but how is the coding part in both fields...i mean the toughness? some people say mainframe is a hot skill but some say its the coding like assembly? i really loved java and jee there any chance that i will find mainframes as enjoyable as that? and mainframe programming how is the it like assembly or will i gt a chance to do any high level programming? kindly give your comments

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K. Tsang

Joined: Sep 13, 2007
Posts: 3135

Hello, mainframes in fact is a niche skill set, just like AS/400 (which I had experience with). Mainframe programming is COBOL if I recall correctly. I don't know COBOL so I can't compare with Java.

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Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46435
K. Tsang wrote: . . . Mainframe programming is COBOL if I recall correctly. . . .
I think that is a bit of an exaggeration! I am sure lots of other languages are used on mainframes.
Sai Surya
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Joined: Feb 08, 2006
Posts: 463

Did you tried talking to your HR about this? Perhaps you can convince them to put you in Java.

Also note that now a days, everyone's dream is Java. So you'll end up like 100000+1th Java developer. On the other side, if you're in mainframes you may be 100+1th mainframe developer. Think about it. Having rare skill always pays good in long term than having a skill where thousands of developers are competing in market.

Good luck!

Sai Surya, SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 5.0, IBM 833 834, I believe in Murphy's law.
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