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Introductory learning materials

Start here: Here’s What Happens When an 18 Year Old Buys a Mainframe. Great video.

z/OS introductory video course

Master the Mainframe

The ABCs of System Programming redbooks

IBM z/OS Basic Skills page in Knowledge Center.

Introduction to the new mainframe

Introduction to CICS


DB2 for z/OS: Data Sharing in a Nutshell

Mq on z/os concepts

RelevantZ site

IBM Z Youtube

IBM Z YouTube channel

Introduction to CICS from IBM

Introduction to the (new) mainframe)

Books (search for 2nd hand versions)

Teach Yourself COBOL In 21 Days

Murarch’s Mainframe COBOL

Assembler training

Assembler training

IBM System z Tech

IBM System z tech zone

Love mainframe site

Relevant Z


Free training offers

IBM z/OS Introduction and Workshop for the IT Professional – 5 Day Edition (Next Offering: November 11th to 15th – USA CDT)

Free training at HPI

Many tutorials on Mainframetechhelp

Tutorialspoint on mainframe

Mainframe Playground

JCL course

Free COBOL course from CSIS

z/OS Introduction and Workshop’HTTPD2.APPS.ZOSCLASS.SHTML(ZOSCLASS)’

Mainframe playground on COBOL

Access to real mainframe

Community mainframe

Unfortunately there is no Community open source mainframe yet. How cool would that be – a z/OS system on real Z hardware not owned by our boss.


There is the emulator solution zD&T on which you can run z/OS legitimately. If you can afford it and like tinkering with an Intel machine an dLinux.

IBM Z trials – only 3 days

Only available for 3 days

Master the mainframe – free

Remote development programme on Dallas System z

When you have a software development company, or if you are rich.’HTTPD2.ENROL.PUBLIC.SHTML(ZOSRDP)’

Will start at something like $550 USD per month.