Hiya! WHOW, what a year… right?
I’ve received a lot of contact form entries asking for Master The Mainframe 2020 blogs. For the ones in a hurry (TL;DR): I won’t be doing master the mainframe anymore.
Just my opinion. The system is still great, but just not for me.
Wow, you’re still here? Awesome!
I have tried the new formala they took on and it’s not my thing. Maybe it’s a motivational issue, but I’m 5 challenges into part 2 and I personally don’t like all the interaction with Visual Studio Code. The instructions via PDFs, hidden forums posts, the points system, leaderboards, … are also not my thing. It’s infinitely more difficult to navigate than the MyBlueMix version, seriously.
It feels more like I’m learning to work with a tool, rather than interacting directly with the mainframe. I’m probably wrong. But because of this, I believe I’m not learning how a mainframe works, but rather what I need to do with the extension in order to do “stuff”.
I know I’m not the target audience, but I feel something is missing. It feels like using Scratch to create a game, rather than learning how to code something you want to make. Are currently employed mainframers already using this CLI in production/real world?
Or maybe I’m not far enough into the challenges?
Even then, I believe my mainframe journey with the contest has come to an end. I’ll probably continue on MVS3.8 tk4-.
Something really worth doing in this year’s contest
There’s some optional challenges where you install an Apache Web Server on a Linux Cloud instance. That’s something we didn’t get to do in the past 2 years. There’s also Zendesk and Ansible in part 3, that’s really interesting for people looking to get into DEVOPS, but surely a full blown DEVOPS course would be a hundred times better.
Links (you need to be authenticated):
I might not know about any other interesting challenges because I only did like 4-5 challenges in part 2.
What does it look like now?
For the curious veterans used to the MyBlueMix version, here’s an instruction page:
And here’s the actual instructions for that page in PDF form: