UPCOMING EVENTS

Open Mainframe Project participates in many events around the world to showcase the modern mainframe and how Linux and Open Source are first class citizens on it.

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LFX Mentorship Showcase

January 12

The LFX Mentorship Showcase, hosted online on January 12, is an opportunity for graduating mentees of the LFX Mentorship program to showcase the work they completed during their session term. Learn more about the 29 graduated mentees of the Linux Kernel, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Open Mainframe Project, RISC-V, Hyperledger, and LF Networking mentorship programs as they share the specific projects they worked on during their mentorship, highlighting the contributions they made. Visit the main event page to learn more or register: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/lfx-mentorship-showcase/.

This virtual event is free to attend and open to anyone who would like to learn more about the experiences of LF Mentorship Program mentees, find out more about some of the programs our projects are working on, recruit new talent, and support new developer contributions.

Open Mainframe Project is excited to announce that two graduate mentees will be featured in this showcase – Hartanto Ario Widjaya, a student at the Singapore Management University and mentee of the COBOL Programming Course, and Sudhanshu Dubey, an Application Development Associate at Accenture and mentee of the OBOL Working Group. Please see their presentation description and times below and add it to your schedule.

COBOL: Now and Tomorrow, Hartanto Ario Widjaya

10:05 – 10:15 pm EST

https://sched.co/tRX6

During the Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program, Ahmed and Hartanto improved upon the materials of the COBOL Programming Course, a project set to provide free and accessible COBOL training for everyone. Amidst the needs for COBOL programmers, they help to enable the next generation of learners to add COBOL to their tech toolkit. The project community has been amazing, everyone is welcoming of us, and we get to work with various people who are happy to help us even though we are new to the field. Unlike most projects, our project is courseware-based. So we get to explore COBOL in great detail to add to the course. Furthermore, we also learned how to communicate better with each other and got exposed to mainframes, where millions of lines of COBOL code are still in operation today.

COBOL Modernization: Renovating Core IT Applications, Sudhanshu Dubey

10:29-10:39 EST

https://sched.co/tRXF

Billions of lines of COBOL are still running the core IT of thousands of companies but those applications have largely been left out of modern advances in IT. In partnership with the Open Mainframe Project, we asked student intern Sudhanshu Dubey to demonstrate the options for modernizing an existing COBOL application to address the business needs and prove the future possibilities.

During the project Sudhanshu did the following:

  • Ran analysis tools on a monolithic banking core application
  • Identified key services that could be externalized
  • Modernized the user experience

If a university student can do it, certainly you can too. It was a wonderful experience working with my mentors and the project community. The mentors were very welcoming and supportive. They understood that I am new to this and helped me at each step without putting too much pressure on me. Similarly, the project community helped me with everything I needed and it was fun interacting with other mentees. While working on the project I learned COBOL, CICS and the MicroFocus tools I used. Also I learned modernization techniques. We presented at a lot of places which improved my speaking and presentation skills. Add it to your schedule here: https://sched.co/tRXF

The Linux Foundation’s Mentorship Program helps developers – many of whom are first-time open source contributors – gain the skills and experience necessary to contribute effectively to open source communities. Learn more about the program here: https://lfx.linuxfoundation.org/tools/mentorship/.