UTF-EBCDIC encoding?

Wayne Werner wayne at waynewerner.com
Tue Jul 16 00:48:52 CEST 2013


On Mon, 15 Jul 2013, Kev Dwyer wrote:

> Joel Goldstick wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
>>
>>>> I can't help you.  I'm astonished.  Trying to imagine the work
>>> environment
>>>> where this technology would be necessary
>>>
>>> http://www.iseriespython.com/app/ispMain.py/Start?job=Home
>>>
>>> Skip
>>>
>> I remember the AS400 series.. although I never worked with one.  What kind
>> of business still use that stuff? Is it for large corporation accounting,
>> MIS stuff?
>>
>>
>
> Some banks still run legacy systems on AS/400s, and I've seen them used for
> airline booking systems and retail POS.

Sadly there are many larger corporations that have oodles of legacy code 
on the Mainframe. We run z/OS and IBM DB2 here. In my off time I fiddle 
around with Python in an attempt to make life more enjoyable - and one of 
these forays has led me to attempt to unpack some packed data. Which is 
also an interesting (if not terribly useful) project.

-W



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