Calling all BAL/Assembler programmers

programmers with IBM Assembler Language experience

STM 11,13

Only real cowboys ride bulls… Only real programmers write BAL. and a BALR 14,15 my friend

And hats-off to us machine language coders! I miss those SIO’s and CCW’s.

I don’t…While I have used almost every facility available except WAIT and POST, I prefer XLC to do the dirty work. What I do miss is SETA SETC macro coding. That was fun

I was trained as a TPF Assembler programmer for a GDS in the mid 9Ts. I seem to remember TPF used a 2 byte date format (or maybe it was just the GDS I was working on), that would expire in 2027. I haven’t worked on TPF since 1998, so don’t even know whether the airlines still use it, or whether the date is still held as two bytes. But, maybe there’ll be a call for BAL/Assembler programmers to help out on the TPF two byte date problem sometime soon.

I have since moved to other Assembler systems, but nothing beat working on the Availability and Schedule Change system where testing often involved thinking up city pairs to ensure the correct response was returned to the travel agent.

Not many of us bits and bytes guys around anymore. But there’s still a lot of old systems out there that we could be called in on.

I afraid that TPF ( Transation Program Facility) is been using by AMADEUS Arlines System

I spent 20 years with BAL, Sysgens, OS/MFT+HASP, OS/MVT+HASP, MVT Nucleus Init coding to move portions of LinkPak to LCS memory, OS/SVS+HASP4, and a installation of HASP4 on OS/VS1. The joy of a clean Sysgen followed by an IPL for a running system still gives me a warm fuzzy.

I still have my Little Orphan Annie decoder cards for OS/360, OS/370, TSS/67, and VM/370.Give me a core dump and a week to refresh and polish my skills, then “put me in coach, I’m ready to play.”

Butch Kemper

I go back to MVS, JES2/3, TSO, CICS, VTAM, NCP, MSNF, sysgens, dump reading, etc., etc. Those were the days! Still miss coding in BAL.

I go back even to DOS 360 assembler! Passed OS/360, MVS, OS/390, z/OS. Any request for a dinosaur? :slight_smile: