With 53 percent of the vote, Philip Yeo’s mainframe advice dominated the competition in the latest Destination z Tips and Techniques Challenge
. Hosted on the Destination z forum, the contest asked mainframers to list their best piece of mainframe advice for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and an IBM Heritage T-shirt.
The winning entry focused on the benefits of Rational Developer for System z (RDz) as a “new development paradigm in mainframe enterprises.” Yeo, a research assistant and graduate student with the faculty of computer science at Dalhousie University, Canada, wrote:
After working with the classic green screen, ISPF through TN3270, one of the great advice for mainframe career is to use RDz as a new development paradigm in mainframe enterprises. As an eclipsed based tooling, RDz is capable of everything accomplished by TSO, ISPF, and SDSF. Having had a in depth understanding of the TSO, ISPF and SDSF, it was a natural progression to this new state of the art GUI which increased my productivity and thereby improved my overall performance as an application developer for the mainframe world.
From about a dozen entries, three finalists were selected for members to vote on. Finishing second, with 24 percent of the 136 votes cast, was a bit of advice from Greg Roos who extolled the wisdom of backups. He stated:
Before you make any system changes always create a backup. Held true in 1979 and still does in 2012!
Rounding out the finalists, with 22 percent of the vote, was the following entry from Eric Seftel:
You don't have to know EVERYTHING about the mainframe; You just need to know where to look for the information.
All told, interest in the contest entries was high, with nearly 3,000 views of the forum thread.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who participated.
Mike Westholder is site editor of Destination z.