Scripting in an Enterprise Application Environment

Thursday 12th November 2009, 6.00 p.m.

Scripting in an Enterprise Application Environment

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Ian Mitchell and Rob Nicholson, IBM

It would be difficult to find two more unlikely bedfellows than Cobol and PHP, yet PHP has been available for  CICS Transaction Server for z/OS for a year or so alongside the traditional COBOL and Java environments. In this talk we'll explore how scripting languages such as PHP and the less well known Groovy can bring more agility and improved development speed to the Enterprise Application Environment along with new reusable assets and legions of programmers with applicable skills. 

We'll look at why scripting languages work well for certain kinds of tasks and how they can accelerate development and facilitate business agility. We'll also deal with situations where scripting languages might not be applicable and touch on some of the pitfalls to avoid. 

In fact, as we will see, scripting languages are just one of the technologies crossing from the internet into the enterprise. We'll briefly consider other internet technologies finding their home in the enterprise including RESTful web services,  RSS and Atom.

Free, but to gain admission please e-mail your name to our Membership Secretary, Dr Frank Martin, at

CPD Value:
Half unit

Presentation - Ian Mitchell and Rob Nicholson, IBM (PDF)