Speaker

Joe Winchester

Joe Winchester

IBM, Senior Technical Staff Member

Winchester, United Kingdom

I work on open source projects around software tooling platforms. My current project is Zowe, which is part of the Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project where I am part of the leadership committee and an ambassador. Prior to Zowe I worked on Eclipse tooling and before that Java 2 Standard Edition. I enjoy astronomy, running, biking, piano, and in my spare time helping bring open source tooling to the mainframe computing platform for a new generation of Z heads.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology

Topics

  • Zowe
  • Mainframe
  • Java
  • DevOps
  • open source
  • open source communities

Wowee it's Zowe - how the mainframe got its groove again

The mainframe is often viewed as a legacy 65 year old computing platform operated by grey (or zero) haired developers typing 8 letter commands into green screens. This talk myth busts that stereotype and discusses the growth of the mainframe in today's hybrid computing world, especially around the Linux Foundation's Zowe project. This provides a command line interface, a VS Code extension, academic initiative training courses, and is a bridge to modern tech stacks around Jenkins, Node.js, Swift, Golang and more.

Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks

The Mainframe computer is over 65 years old, and has a dual personality of either being viewed as a proprietary thing of the past or else a hidden closed locked down machine as espoused in Hollywood movie plots. The truth is neither, and a huge amount of mainframe computing workload today comes from open source tooling. This talks show the use of Linux Foundation tools, especially Zowe, Jenkins, modern tools such as VS Code, IntelliJ, modern languages like Node.js, Java, Swift, Golang, and more. A lot of the mainframe's growth comes not from tech, but from its ability to build communities and academic learning initiatives. From what was once a platform businesses were leaving due to stagnation, this talk shows the turnaround and the important lessons to be learned that apply to any technology wishing to survive beyond its 50th birthday.

Joe Winchester

IBM, Senior Technical Staff Member

Winchester, United Kingdom

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