Python on z – for free!
Who doesn’t like free stuff? Especially free and useful stuff that can save you time on the job. Well, Rocket Software has been working on some open source languages and tools for z/OS, offering a complimentary collection of high quality applications that has been optimized to operate on IBM z/OS. We consistently receive a lot of positive feedback from the z/OS community as more people discover the tools and put them to good use. This positive feedback truly reinforces their value to z Systems programmers. And did I mention they’re free?!
Today we are especially excited to announce a brand new tool that has been requested many times over: Python. Those familiar with Python know that it’s a general purpose, high level programming language designed for easy readability. Much of its value lies in the ability to use fewer lines of code than other programming languages. A fun fact is that Python’s creator, Guido Van Rossum, is a huge fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, for which the program is named!
Python 2.7.6 is now available for download on Rocket’s website. The Python programming language has continued to grow in popularity and we’re hoping the new z/OS port will give z/OS developers and system programmers yet another tool to help them get their jobs done.
In addition to Python, there is a broad range of functionality available in the free ported tools offerings. Here are a few examples of these open source ports:
- Scripting languages like Perl, PHP, and TCL/TX ported to the Unix System Services platform (USS)
- Version control system that records the history of source files and documents (CVS)
- Data compression utilities (bzip2, Gzip)
- Directory Search (Findutils)
Additionally, Rocket offers paid support options to help you maximize the value you receive from using these or other tools. The right level of support will also help to ensure that you meet all business, compliance, and availability requirements.
For more information about Python and other tools available for z/OS USS, check out Kevin Shaw’s SHARE session on March 6, “USS Ported Tools for z/OS: What’s New”.