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Another Prize Winner Named in Latest Dz Challenge

In the Destination z Tips and Technique Challenge’s quest for the best mainframe advice, a second winner has been confirmed. Ariel Vargas was randomly selected to receive the prize of a $100 gift card and IBM Heritage T-shirt.

Ariel-Vargas.JPGHis name was drawn from about seven who posted their rationale for voting the way they did in the Community Forum, which was the utilized for the contest. With 18 years of mainframe experience, Vargas currently works in MVS system programming for United Parcel Service.

He voted for the “Don’t forget the backup” entry. “I always think backup before implementing,” Vargas noted. The Dz Challenge gave him a chance to “share with others, that a good backup is the best thing to plan when making modifications.”

From about a dozen entries, three finalists were selected for members to vote on. The backup advice finished second, with 24 percent of the 136 votes cast. The advice from Greg Roos extolled the wisdom of backups:

Before you make any system changes always create a backup. Held true in 1979 and still does in 2012!

The winning entry—with 53 percent of the vote—focused on the benefits of Rational Developer for System z (RDz) as a “new development paradigm in mainframe enterprises.” It came from Philip Yeo, a research assistant and graduate student with the faculty of computer science at Dalhousie University, Canada. Yeo, who also will receive a $100 gift card and a IBM T-shirt, 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.

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.

In the end, interest in the contest entries was high, with more than 3,000 views of the forum thread. Again, thanks to all who participated in the contest!

Mike Westholder is site editor of Destination z.

Posted: 11/28/2012 11:44:08 AM by Mike Westholder

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