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Ask HN: Why is there so little info on the web about IBM mainframe programming?
4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Nov 2022
Also, mainframes are really good at high throughput transactional jobs. That's why you see them in banks, transportation, insurance, etc. Big Tech™ doesn't see it as "cool" and are too focused on the Next Big Thing™, so there's not a lot of attention there. Sometimes, boring just gets the job done.
Ask HN: How do I learn (real life) COBOL?
6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Jun 2022
A great learning resource for COBOL is the Open Mainframe Project's COBOL Programming Course. The content is self-paced with labs and the best part is you get to do the labs on a real Mainframe.6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Jun 2022
IBM offers a free set of courses here: https://ibmzxplore.influitive.com. I played around with it a few months ago. As far as I know it's still available.
It doesn't cover COBOL in great depth but does touch on various pieces of the zOS ecosystem and gives you some access to a real mainframe.
There's also this COBOL course: https://github.com/openmainframeproject/cobol-programming-co...
I haven't tried the later and I'm not entirely clear on how you get access to a mainframe environment for it.
Ask HN: What Niche Language to Learn?
2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Nov 2021
It's certainly not as straighforward as learning a more popular language and environment, but there are online resources if you look for them. A quick search yielded https://github.com/openmainframeproject/cobol-programming-co...
There appears to be an active community around it, and I'm sure getting help in an apprenticeship sort of way is possible. Again, we're talking about a niche language, so you can't expect the same level of accessibility as NodeJS or Go.
As for finding jobs, they're probably few and far between, but appear to be well paid from what I've heard. Places that need COBOL programmers will announce it, opportunities will likely come up from other contacts in the community, and cold contacting companies you know are using it is always an option.
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