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IBM intends to enable Python on z/OS

By Claire Nelson posted Tue March 24, 2020 12:00 AM

  
IBM intends to enable Python on z/OS together with the open source community. Python is one of the most popular and fastest growing programming languages. Simple programming syntax, a rich ecosystem of modules, a capability to interact with other languages and platforms, and strong community support across multiple industries drive its popularity. IBM has made significant investments in advancing compilation technology for over 30 years. This is demonstrated by its longstanding support for open source communities and renowned reputation for delivering enterprise level compiler offerings.

Python on z/OS will allow IBM Z clients to take advantage of the enormously popular programming language on z/OS and get access to a vast pool of skilled developers, estimated to be over 8 million worldwide. In addition, clients can take advantage of Python's rich ecosystem of modules and packages to develop and run new applications, ranging from DevOps, system scripting, and web development to data science and visualization on IBM z/OS. With this rich ecosystem of modules, clients can deliver Python applications with fewer lines of code, which can help shorten development times and lower costs.

IBM recently announced Red Hat® Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z, enabling clients to connect IBM Z and z/OS to their wider enterprise automation strategy through the Ansible Automation Platform ecosystem. Enabling Python on z/OS will also allow clients to use the de facto language to develop Ansible modules to streamline automation operations for their hybrid IT environment. For more information, visit "Announcing Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z".

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