Going from a client-server to mainframe environment...
Been in a training session all morning. Getting trained on how to use Endevor (source control / release control application) on OS/390. Main reason is to get me familiar with Endevor because they've purchased a group of programs from Chicago Interface Group to bring Endevor to client server environment (through the use of a web-browser). The application I work on is going to be used as a pilot for CIG/Endevor before it goes into full production.
Mainframe is so different from client-server. Used to annoy me when my coworkers that came from mainframe to client-server couldn't grasp certain concepts... but man, some of the stuff was confusing. Weird names for everything... telling me to hit PF3 (which is really just F3). Calling the asterick (*) a “splat“. All kinds of job codes and JCL. Oh my! Interesting through. I was catching on pretty good, unfortunately I have to leave early to go to class.
Other good news, working on getting my boss to approve a new project for me to rewrite our current application in J2EE instead of classic ASP. The ASP version has served well for the last 2 years, but when it was originally developed, they were on a tight schedule and things got rushed, plus after 2 years of patching, it has left its original design. Rewriting it in an OO approach and all would make it a lot cleaner and functional. Right now, I have no J2EE experience, so I get to dive in and learn something new! Shouldn't take long. Told him I'd want to get the IDE and everything now so I could learn it and start actual development during summer, since then I'd be out of school for a while and all my stuff with senior project would be done. Kind of excited!