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Episode Info: In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Jeff Bisti sits down with Jordan Cain. Jordan is a Software Developer at IBM and a committer on the Zowe web UI squad. Jordan tells Jeff about his journey with the Linux on the mainframe and Zowe, his internship with IBM and where he sees the Mainframe going in the future. Bisti: Hi, my name is Jeff Bisti and I’m the host of the I’m a Mainframer podcast from the Open Mainframe Project. The open mainframe project is a Linux Foundation collaborative project that was put in place to promote the open-source and Linux adoption on top of the mainframe platform. I’m joined today by Jordan Cain who works for IBM as a committer on the Zowe web UI squad. Thanks for joining us, Jordan. Jordan Cain: Hi Jeff. Thanks for having me. Jeff Bisti: So we had a bit of time to talk before we started recording and tell us a bit about the Zowe web UI squad, kind of what that entails. Jordan Cain: Yeah, web UI squad as you would expect, looks after everything that is in the web UI space. So that includes the Zowe desktop environment and the apps that live within that. It also looks after the zLux server, which runs the Zowe desktop and also a bit of the backend services, which is known as ZSS, which handles authentication and some crud lifecycle for files and datasets. Jeff Bisti: So something people might not be entirely familiar with right away is phenomenon of zLux?, can you kind of talk about how that fits into Zowe? Jordan Cain: Yeah, so it’s kind of a code word that came about, it did originally kind of stand for Z lightweight user experience, but that name is no longer used. So it’s just a code name that refers to the modern desktop environment that we serve in a web browser, which is like it behaves other desktop you would traditionally expect to behave. It has applications, it has a notification manager and everything you expect in like windows or Mac, iOS, that kind of thing. Jeff Bisti: So is there a kind of model that you’re going after for the zLux interface? like a type of Linux or Mac or anything like that. Jordan Cain: It’s a bit of a hybrid and we’re taking the best practices from all operating systems and trying to make the easiest user experience possible. Jeff Bisti: But this is like the first thing people see when they start using Zowe. So like no pressure, right? Jordan Cain: Yeah, exactly. No pressure. We’re trying to make it look as modern and as intuitive as possible and I think we’ve done a really good job with that so far. Jeff Bisti: Do you get to work with people who were like brand new to the platform and see what their reaction is to seeing this type of environment for the first time? Jordan Cain: Yeah, definitely. All the time. I’m fortunate enough to go to a lot of conferences as well where I get to speak to people who are seeing this for the ...
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