Bye bye, version-control hell: announcing Git for z/OS


If you’re an engineer or programmer, you’ve no doubt experienced the chaos and confusion of multiple people working on the same piece of code at the same time. It’s not only disruptive, but sorting everything out wastes valuable time and resources. The good news (if you’re a mainframer) is that those problems are a thing of the past thanks to Git Version Control Tools for IBM z/OS, an open-source tool built to improve collaboration.

If you don’t know Git, it was introduced in 2005 by Linux creator Linus Torvalds and has become the world’s most widely used version control system (VCS). It’s a great tool, but what’s really exciting to me is that it extends Rocket’s commitment to democratizing the mainframe while giving mainframe-based organizations the ability to save massive amounts of time (and cycles) by standardizing on a VCS. Open-source languages and tools are allowing developers to take advantage of mainframe programs and applications without the need to know COBOL or assembly language. That’s important for organizations that constantly need to add to their talent pools but often find that candidates aren’t well-versed in traditional mainframe languages. That’s why anyone can hit the ground running with Git Version Control Tools for IBM z/OS, even without extensive mainframe experience.

Mainframes can do things that other platforms – not matter how robust – simply can’t, such as perform analytics without having to export data to external systems. It’s no wonder that just about every bank and government in the world relies on them! But over time it has become more challenging to find qualified engineers and architects to work on them, and mainframe shops now face a significant talent gap. By making open-source tools like Git available on mainframes, Rocket is making it possible for organizations to extend the usefulness of their incumbent technologies.

Git VCS for IBM z/OS

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Bryan Smith is Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer at Rocket

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9 Responses to Bye bye, version-control hell: announcing Git for z/OS

  1. S February 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    How do I add RACF to a WebSphere server to Host?

  2. Qi Liang February 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

    Cool! We’re trying it out…

  3. Rich Szabo March 6, 2017 at 7:13 am #

    Kudos to Rocket for extending these tools to z/OS.

  4. Velkan KS March 15, 2017 at 6:23 am #

    Wow, This sounds Great!

  5. Kathy Bazinet April 8, 2017 at 12:36 am #

    Thanks Rocket for packaging a proven Open Source technology for use on z/OS. You are making the #mainframe Open and Awesome !!!

  6. Scott McFall May 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    Rocket you are my hero!

    Scott McFall

  7. Thomas Björklund October 5, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    I’ll take a closer look at this.

  8. Vincent GONZALEZ March 1, 2018 at 4:59 am #

    Sound Great
    Anyone gave it a try ? and is willing to share his experience ?

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