IT Toolbox: Still Increasing the Power of Hybrid IT Through Open Source

By February 24, 2020 News

Still Increasing the Power of Hybrid IT Through Open Source

Published in IT Toolbox by Trevor Eddolls

Broadcom (perhaps still better known as CA) used this year’s Arcati Mainframe Yearbook to highlight the mainframe development revolution and the growth in open source tools.

They said that tools, like the green screens of ISPF and the Eclipse desktop IDE, enhanced with proprietary plugins have served mainframe application developers well over the years. However, there are changes in the larger world of development that are creating the conditions for a revolution in mainframe tooling.

With experienced mainframers retiring, those likely to fill their roles prefer modern IDEs, especially Visual Studio Code. The annual Stack Overflow Developer Survey found that the popularity of Visual Studio Code grew from 34.9% to 50.7%, while Eclipse fell from 18.9% to 14.4%. The same survey found that Python is the most sought-after scripting language skill among developers.

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