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Introducing software archaeology to the mainframe world
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By Kenny Smith,
Principal and Enterprise Architect for Strongback Consulting .
Picture this: you are a COBOL developer minding your own business, and debugging your own code. All of a sudden, your manager comes up to you and says there is this problem in production code that no one knows anything about. The code is ancient, and no one else is willing to touch it because it has so many tentacles into other systems. You get "volunteered" to debug it.
Does this scenario sound familiar to your environment? Well, we will be discussing solutions to help turn this situation from nightmare to success, and which allow you to become a hero.
We'll be introducing the concept of Software Archaeology this year at Innovate, and teach you some basics of how you can uncover the bones of the project without destroying it. Come see us Tuesday June 4th at Innovate, Dolphin - Northern E1 at 1:45 - 2:45 at Strongback Consulting's presentation on "Software Archaeology with Rational Developer for System z and Rational Asset Analyzer - Discovering What You've Forgotten, Knowing What You'll Inherit". We'll show how Rational Developer for System z and Rational Asset Analyzer are an archaeologist's trusted tools.
Also, later in the week for those that need a pick-me-up as the conference winds down, Strongback will be giving out caffeinated tips on System z with our presentation "The Caffeinated Mainframer: Java on System z with Rational Developer for System z". Join us Thursday June 6th at 11am (yes, the last presentation of the conference), in Dolphin - Northern E2. In this presentation we will introduce you to the various options for Java on System z, how to improve your batch strategies and improve your workload utilization. We'll also take a deep dive into JZOS, the Java API for accessing your MVS assets.
Finally, if you're new to the IBM Innovate conference, check out our blog post on the Newbies Guide to Attending IBM Innovate.