Repetitive tasks which are tedious, and require manual labour can be automated using Rexx. Just like you use the FIND, CHANGE, SAVE. If you are developing or maintaining the traditional mainframe . To run the tutorials on this blog, you will need access to an IBM mainframe. The REXX Tutorial. Contents. Introductory text; 1. Creating a Rexx program; 2. Doing arithmetic; 3. Errors; 4. Untyped data; 5. More on variables; 6. Functions; 7.

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It was designed from day one to be powerful, yet easy to use. Look at the below eexx, on how to run REXX We use cookies to optimize your visit to our website. Its goal is to make scripting as easy, fast, reliable, and error-free as possible. It is a free format language. For example, the variable number is assigned the integer-value 5. To learn more about this topic, read these articles: REXX provides a way by which you can automate all your routine tasks.

As a kid, when you learnt cursive-writing at an early age, you follow some rules. An informal way to understand the concepts of REXX majnframe language.

Every Rexx program should contain the word “Rexx” in its first line of source-code. In a nutshell, we’ll de-mystify the mainframe.

A Beginner’s Guide to the REXX Programming Language on z/OS

It does this either through a simple program or by using other ISPF facilities like Panels, Skeletons more about them later. But, most of the programs out there are interpreted.

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Records in the stem variable are addressed by record number using the syntax stem. REXX is an interpreted language. To many people who are thrown to work at a mainframe computer on their first job, they feel lost. There are various components of BCP, that provide various services to the mainframe users.

Mainframe REXX made easy: Introduction to Mainframe REXX

If you are developing or maintaining the traditional mainframe based applications, you would have heard of programming language called REXX Restructured EXtended eXecutor Language. Posted by Paras Doshi at 6: Lots of built-in functions. But, as a norm, you generally write programs in COBOL to implement business rules, build an Insurance Product like a Annuities system, or a banking product. Don’t make your program look stuffed. More Articles From Michael Cairns.

To execute a Rexx Program, a simple and easy way is to type the character ‘ex’ as in execute, against the member-name in the Personal Data-set PDS Library you are using to store your Rexx Programs. Rexx presumes that with a new-line, begins a new instruction.

If you code two instructions on the same line, separate them with a semi-colon. This is the service through which the user logs into the mainframe. The value of the input. Read The Current Issue: Shreeja K June 16, at 8: A tutroial is also available. Uttorial Traffic Live Traffic Stats. Usually this will be a comment.

This is an introductory tutorial that covers the basics of Rexx and how to deal with its various components and sub-components. So, say tutodial would display the value 5 on the Mainframe Screen.

Once you code a Rexx Program, you don’t have to compile it. Since you read the entire file into a buffer, you now need some way of processing each record in sequence from the stem variable. There will always be exception to the above classification, but generally that is the norm.


If you are not able to locate good resources to learn mainfra,e, then it is not your fault. To continue an instruction over to the rexs line, put a comma. Is Rexx easy to learn? Rexx Restructured Extended Executor is designed to be a scripting language. Rexx ignores extraneous objectives. Subscribe To mfrexx Posts Atom. How do you code comments in Rexx? We’ll also talk about the different people who work on a mainframe.

Learning the REXX Language

Instead, the Rexx Interpreter simply reads your source-code one line at a time, interprets it and executes it. Likewise, you should possess some fundamental knowledge about the rules in Rexx programs.

So, by just writing 4 lines of code, you achieve your purpose. We’ll talk about the operating system, the software installed on a mainframe. It is also very helpful for developing small programs that perform various text file transformations. The examples can get increasingly complex and you see how much time you can save by automating such tasks. If you need to find out all the datasets that meet some pattern and see if they have some data in it, you can do a 3.