As one who works in the financial services industry, I get the
vituperation privilege of working with a mainframe on what seems to be at least a weekly basis, if not daily for weeks at a time.
As I fire up certain programs that are required for my job, I'm confronted with the following woes:
- Certain software doesn't know what lower-case letters are or how to utilize them. This, to me, comes off as THE MAINFRAME SCREAMING AT ME.
- Version 2.08 of some program no one cares about anymore is now Y2K Compliant! Oh, the joy!
- A typoed query can easily ABEND certain applications, jettisoning the user back out to the ISPF or TSO prompt. I jokingly call this "Crashing the mainframe" however I'm really just crashing a poorly written (non-mission-crtitical, mind you) application.
- These insidious machines have somehow leveraged the ability to use electronic mail. Simply not logging into the mainframe does not spare me from its wrath. Occasionally, I will get e-mail from one of the nodes, again, tactfully crafted IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS just so that I get the point.