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Moderators' Interview.

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Hi,

I was thinking if we can have Moderators' Interview having some questions around individual's experience and some message to the new generation in to mainframes and in IT, in general? Would that be a good idea and would like to participate in?


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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Akatsukami » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:06 pm

It wouldn't hurt. I'd be happy to participate.


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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:05 pm

Thanks Akatsukami. Below are some of the questions, I believe, which will make it interesting. Please have a look. This is just the start:
  1. Do you use an avatar name here or you use your real name as avatar name? If you are using an avatar name, is there a story behind choosing that name which you might like to share with us?
  2. How long you have been associated with computers, in general? And since when you've been working with mainframes? Would you like to share your IT experience with us?
  3. Have you worked on IBM mainframes mostly or you have worked with other vendors too? If yes, could you please name them and do you see a difference among hardware per se?
  4. What difference do you see, from S360 days to zOS 2.x days - ease of use, better interface, more power to end user or something more? Describe it in your own words.
  5. In an age of social-media, cloud, DevOps and you name it technology where do you see mainframe in the computer industry?
  6. Why do you help on Forums? And what is the message you'd like to give to the new Forum users - rationally, irrespective of their experience in the field?
  7. What is your take on statements like "millennials are not attracted towards mainframe?" Are we not advertising this platform good enough or there is more to it, your thoughts please.



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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Akatsukami » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:54 pm

Do you use an avatar name here or you use your real name as avatar name? If you are using an avatar name, is there a story behind choosing that name which you might like to share with us?

I’ve used “Akatsukami” as my on-line identity for over twenty years. It means “incarnate deity” in Japanese :D

How long you have been associated with computers, in general? And since when you've been working with mainframes? Would you like to share your IT experience with us?

Have you worked on IBM mainframes mostly or you have worked with other vendors too? If yes, could you please name them and do you see a difference among hardware per se?


In my university days, back in the Upper Pleistocene :D, I used both IBM mainframes and various PDP minis. Since then, I’ve mostly worked with IBM mainframes, but also longer or shorter stints with Burroughs and UNIVAC mainframes, VAXes, Bunker Ramo’s PDP-11 clones (IIRC, they were sold under different names depending on intended end use), and Wintel boxes. The past two decades, though, has been all IBM mainframes.

What difference do you see, from S360 days to zOS 2.x days - ease of use, better interface, more power to end user or something more? Describe it in your own words.

A major change, IMNSHO, came in with z/OS 1.13. You’ll recall, I’m sure, the constant litany of questions by newbie software engineers of, “How do I change the completion code of a job?”, “How do I use symbolics in in-stream data?”, and others to which the answer was, “You can’t; deal with it”. With V1.13, IBM finally broke down and began making those things possible.

Two other big things over the years were the introduction of the IF-THEN-ELSE construct in JCL, much more flexible and understandable than the COND parameter, and the evolution of DFSORT from a sort utility to a powerful and sophisticated data handling environment. You still can’t do everything with DFSORT, but you can do a lot more than when I was a student.

In an age of social-media, cloud, DevOps and you name it technology where do you see mainframe in the computer industry?

Same as it’s always been; nothing matches the mainframe for power and reliability.

Why do you help on Forums? And what is the message you'd like to give to the new Forum users - rationally, irrespective of their experience in the field?

The message is, quite simply, “Learn your job”. The quality of the questions I’ve read on various boards leaves me with little hope for the rising generation of software engineers :(

What is your take on statements like "millennials are not attracted towards mainframe?" Are we not advertising this platform good enough or there is more to it, your thoughts please.

I think it is the ignorance of millennials, compounded by the disingenuousness of companies and consultants that stand to benefit financially from (seldom successful) attempts to convert from mainframes to server farms. To hear them talk, you’d think all mainframes are still S/360s running programs written in COBOL-68.


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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:43 am

Thanks - Appreciate your time John.


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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:47 am

Hi,

Sorry, it took me much longer than anticipated to come back - the week gone was busy in office. Nonetheless, I've modified the presentation of the interview a bit. This is how I'll publish it (at the moment it looks fine not sure when I'll start thinking to change the presentation again), publicly in "Announcement Section" of the Forum. Share your feedback please.

On the other hand, I believe we can add a lot more, I'll probably come up with more questions. In the mean while if there is/are more which you'd like to share please tell me. Though One which quickly comes to mind, for you John, is your cookery skills, which we've not covered yet. Would you like to a share a picture of yours, too?

Moderator's Interview : AkatsukamizMainframes: Do you use an avatar name here or you use your real name as avatar name? If you are using an avatar name, is there a story behind choosing that name which you might like to share with us?

ANSWER
I’ve used “Akatsukami” as my on-line identity for over twenty years. It means “incarnate deity” in Japanese :D

zMainframes: How long you have been associated with computers, in general? And since when you've been working with mainframes? Would you like to share your IT experience with us?

ANSWER
In my university days, back in the Upper Pleistocene :D, I used both IBM mainframes and various PDP minis. Since then, I’ve mostly worked with IBM mainframes, but also longer or shorter stints with Burroughs and UNIVAC mainframes, VAXes, Bunker Ramo’s PDP-11 clones (IIRC, they were sold under different names depending on intended end use), and Wintel boxes. The past two decades, though, has been all IBM mainframes.

zMainframes: What difference do you see, from S360 days to zOS 2.x days - ease of use, better interface, more power to end user or something more? Describe it in your own words.

ANSWER
A major change, IMNSHO, came in with z/OS 1.13. You’ll recall, I’m sure, the constant litany of questions by newbie software engineers of, “How do I change the completion code of a job?”, “How do I use symbolics in in-stream data?”, and others to which the answer was, “You can’t; deal with it”. With V1.13, IBM finally broke down and began making those things possible.

Two other big things over the years were the introduction of the IF-THEN-ELSE construct in JCL, much more flexible and understandable than the COND parameter, and the evolution of DFSORT from a sort utility to a powerful and sophisticated data handling environment. You still can’t do everything with DFSORT, but you can do a lot more than when I was a student.

zMainframes: In an age of social-media, cloud, DevOps and you name it technology where do you see mainframe in the computer industry?

ANSWER
Same as it’s always been; nothing matches the mainframe for power and reliability.

zMainframes: Why do you help on Forums? And what is the message you'd like to give to the new Forum users - rationally, irrespective of their experience in the field?

ANSWER
The message is, quite simply, “Learn your job”. The quality of the questions I’ve read on various boards leaves me with little hope for the rising generation of software engineers :(

zMainframes: What is your take on statements like "millennials are not attracted towards mainframe?" Are we not advertising this platform good enough or there is more to it, your thoughts please.

ANSWER
I think it is the ignorance of millennials, compounded by the dis-ingenuousness of companies and consultants that stand to benefit financially from (seldom successful) attempts to convert from mainframes to server farms. To hear them talk, you’d think all mainframes are still S/360s running programs written in COBOL-68.


Thanks,
Anuj

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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Akatsukami » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:38 am

I don't have a current picture of me (if you'd like to see one of my cat, though... :D )

My cooking skills, unfortunately, have dwindled with my health; since I can no longer stand or walk unassisted, I'm limited to directing my roommate at the stove.


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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:20 pm

Okay, Thanks. I'll publish it for now.

On the other hand, is there another volunteer we have? :)


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Re: Moderators' Interview.

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:58 pm

Thanks - I got some more "interviews details" offline through PM. Will publish them one by one every month end.

Thanks for your kind gesture. :)


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