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Variety of content and topics among the most-read articles on the website

7/1/2016 12:00:27 AM | While we are producing new content on a regular basis on Destination z, many of our most popular articles are timeless and still available on our site. In this article, we take a moment to look back at some of our most popular content that has resonated with readers over the past five years.

Every Friday in the month of July we will be counting the top five articles on the site in terms of engagement. Check back every week to see what makes the list. 

1. The Truth Will Set You Free
While it's sometimes tempting to ignore mainframe myths and cringe-worthy comments, doing so doesn't serve your career, employer or the mainframe community. Mainframers should counter commonly heard untruths about their favorite platform.

2. Career Advice
No matter where you are in your mainframe career—a new arrival or a seasoned veteran—here are career-preservation tips that work just as well now as they did when this article was written a few years ago. These days, if you don’t look out for yourself, nobody else will. And it’s easy to be sidelined, underemployed or worse. Don’t let that happen to you.

The Reports of Mainframe’s Demise Are Highly Exaggerated
Every few years a new argument pops up about why big iron is on its way out or should be. Time and again, it’s proven to be the right system for the job.

4. DB2 for z/OS Goes Multilingual
More than once in the past 20 years, it has seemed that DB2 and other relational databases would lose relevance as each new revolution in data storage format or programming approach arrived. Yet with each of these new technologies, the relational database has incorporated them and ultimately exceeded the value of the standalone offering by combining the new features with familiar relational capabilities. Likewise, NoSQL brings not only a new storage format, but also new languages for communicating from application to database.

5. Warning Track
One of the ideas that keeps z Systems ahead of the competition in performance and efficient utilization of resources is HiperDispatch’s vertical short engine system. First implemented on the IBM zEnterprise EC12 processor, it helps maximize physical CPU utilization without causing the so-called “short engine” effect. Historically, the short engine effect has arisen in two forms: “horizontal short engines” before HiperDispatch and “vertical short engines” in HiperDispatch mode.

Share Your Thoughts
Have a favorite of your own not on the list? Share your thoughts with the Destination z community in the comments below.

Valerie Dennis is site editor of Destination z.
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