Granted, when people think of mainframes, hardly ever the word “fragile” comes up. People have this notion of mainframes as being the ultimate in stability and dependability. Yet today I want to make a case for the fragility of mainframes. Not the platform in itself – because the robustness of the platform is undisputed – but the applications running on them.

14 Sep, 2016 - Jeroen Pauwels - health

You might not smoke, or at least, have given up on it years ago. Eating healthy food has become mainstream now and you finally became an (active) member of the local gym. A decade ago, you would probably be considered something close to a fanatic; while recent studies indicate it might just not be enough after all. Clever people have come to the conclusion that the human body just is not into sitting. Using your body positively impacts several basic physical parameters such as blood circulation, pressure and sugar levels. This to such a degree that moving can actually be considered as an essential body function; exactly the same as what the heart or the kidneys do. Sitting just drastically lowers the intensity of this function resulting in scary stuff. And we do not like scary stuff.


In a mainframe modernization project, you will be replacing obsolete or proprietary technologies by mainstream, modern equivalents:

  • a relational database instead of VSAM, IDMS, IMS or Adabas;
  • a modern scripting language instead of JCL;
  • a “distributed” operating system (Linux/ Windows) instead of z/OS, z/VSE, BS2000, Unix;
  • a new programming language to replace your legacy COBOL, Natural, ADS, PL/I ...

09 Jun, 2016 - Thomas Hentrich - Email

Anubex handles large migration projects, spanning multiple years, multiple projects with multiple customers in multiple time zones, supported by multiple partners and subcontractors, with a small amount of people split over multiple departments.


Anubex is a company filled with highly technical, skilled and passionate people. It might not surprise you then that most of us have strong opinions about what technologies (e.g. programming languages, database, frameworks, …) are ‘good’ and which are ‘bad’, regularly leading to lengthy, well-articulated, intelligent, heated… yet never conclusive debates.

01 Apr, 2016 - Tom De Haes - Data Migration, SQL

Normally one would arrive at an answer at the end of this article. But I can already tell that SQL definitely stands for Structured Query Language and not Standard Query Language.


Your boss wants a function that calculates the maximum of two numbers. That's easy enough, but not much fun. As a developer, you feel a moral obligation to get the most out of this assignment. Why stop at calculating the maximum of numbers? What about strings, dates, and other ordered types?


As a migration company we help many, who are used to developing in traditional scripting or batch JCL languages, as they make the leap to full OO scripting language on distributed systems. While all JCL developers succeed in the adjustment with time, the first step always feels like diving in at the deep end. In this blog post I’ll be going over some of the pitfalls and quirks that I found in PowerShell while learning the language and creating our scripting and batch migration solutions.


On last year's Devoxx conference there were a lot of talks on component based web development and especially on Web Components. What is this new technology, and what implications does it have on UI modernization?


This November Google held its Chrome Dev Summit for developers of mobile web applications. The summit took place in California and anyone unable to attend in person can follow the event’s sessions on their YouTube channel. The sold-out event lasted for only two days but entire second day of the event was dedicated to the topic of RAIL. In this article we take a closer look at RAIL and see how it can be applied to legacy user interfaces and the discipline of reengineering.