11/20/2009 05:09:40 AM EST
"...they can work on mainframe software just as easily as they build Java applications."
I think poor Mr. Searle was mis-paraphrased. Java is a programming language, and a mainframe is a server. Java applications are (also) every bit and equally mainframe applications. Every IBM mainframe built since the year 2000 can (and usually does) run the latest version of Java, and Java is included free of charge in z/OS and in Linux (the two most popular operating systems for IBM mainframes). I think the missing word is probably "other" ("other mainframe software"). Big difference.
Think of it this way, to a first order approximation: IBM mainframes run a near-perfect superset of software that can run on other types of business servers. If you're writing Perl, or PHP, or Ruby, or Java, or whatever, yes, that stuff runs on a mainframe. And you can run mainframe-unique stuff, too. I assume the point IBM is trying to make is that they've got one tool, one workbench, which covers all these application development domains. And that's pretty darn cool, actually -- and yes, that would cut maintenance costs.
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