Open Mainframe Project TAC Meeting - January 14, 2021


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Timezone Date/Time
America/Los_Angeles Thu 14-Jan-2021 09:00 (09:00 AM)
America/Denver Thu 14-Jan-2021 10:00 (10:00 AM)
America/Chicago Thu 14-Jan-2021 11:00 (11:00 AM)
America/New_York Thu 14-Jan-2021 12:00 (12:00 PM)
Europe/London Thu 14-Jan-2021 17:00 (05:00 PM)
Europe/Amsterdam Thu 14-Jan-2021 18:00 (06:00 PM)
Asia/Shanghai Fri 15-Jan-2021 01:00 (01:00 AM)
Asia/Tokyo Fri 15-Jan-2021 02:00 (02:00 AM)

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Meeting recordings


Voting member rollcall:

  • Phil Tully, ADP ( Platinum Member )
  • Gregory MacKinnon, Broadcom ( Platinum Member )
  • Enyu Wang, IBM ( Platinum Member )
  • Peter Fandel, Rocket Software ( Platinum Member )
  • Mark Post, SUSE ( Platinum Member )
  • James Caffrey, IBM ( ADE )
  • Bob Dahlberg, VCU ( Mentorship )
  • Sean Grady ( Zowe )

Quorum Achieved.

Other Attendees

  • Michael MacIsaac
  • Jerry Edgington
  • John Mertic
  • Len Santalucia
  • Randall Ness
  • Yvette LaMar
  • Dave Nicolette
  • George Decandio
  • Joe Bostian
  • Kip Twitchell
  • Meredith Stowell
  • Alexander Efremkin
  • Ingo Adlung


Extracted from meeting-agenda labelled issues and pull requests from openmainframeproject/tac prior to the meeting.

  • Project Proposal: cobol-check #171
  • Project proposal: consolez #169
  • Consider OMP Ambassador applications #150
  • Project updates ( list at )

Action Items


Thank you @mike99mac

  • Project Proposal: cobol-check #171
    • Dave Nicolette
    • Unit test for COBOL
    • Current COBOL test tools cannot execute individual methods
    • Other languages have ‘test driven development’
    • Dave started ‘COBOL check’
    • Dave gave a demo - ran executable cobol-check
      • Allows code to be written with built-in test cases
    • Suggestion was added it would be better as a plugin to Eclipse or Jenkins
      • Eclipse would probably be the first choice
    • Question - what about VS code, and other Web IDEs?
      • Yes - could become a VS code extension
    • Kip T: Why bring this to the OMP?
      • This is mainframe oriented, OMP wants to be the hub
    • Voting members discussed if this should be added as ‘incubator status’
    • John M: Could there be a mentor-sponsor for the TAC?
    • Bob D: How can the OMP help this project to be successful?
    • Phil T: We make projects more visible
    • Bob D: Should we have a marketing plan to make it more visible?
    • Dave N: Agrees with most comments
    • Enyu W: Ask project owner when a good checkpoint is - 3, 6, 12 months?
      • Dave N: 3 months would be best
      • John M: Would everyone agree? - for the most part yes
      • Enyu W volunteered to be a mentor for this project
    • Len S: Are you looking for volunteers?
      • Dave N: yes, but is there access to mainframe resources?
      • Bob D: We may be able to get students to help
    • John M: asked for a vote
      • Mark P made a motion
      • Bob D seconded
      • Vote was unanimous
  • Project proposal: consolez #169
    • Mike MacIsaac
    • Open source tool to expose z/VM consoles and CP commands with a Web UI
    • video describing the first prototype here:
    • Mike gave a demo
    • If anyone wants to try, email or call at 862-308-5089
    • Jerry E: Our shop can use this
    • Len S: I liked it when I saw it and asked Mike to bring it to the OMP. We can use this
    • John M: Asked for a vote
      • Bob D: Make a motion to accept as an incubator project
      • Mark P: Seconded
      • Vote was unanimous
      • Phil will mentor
  • Consider OMP Ambassador applications #150
    • John presented an OMP Ambassador selections document
    • Mark P: concern Are these people asking to be ambassadors because they were asked to?
    • Discussion ensued about different names
    • Consensus - people who are active in projects, then they can become ambassadors
    • John M proposed ten ambassadors
      • Bob D made a motion
      • Mark P seconded
      • Vote was unanimous
  • Project updates
    • No time