11 responses

  1. CB
    June 26, 2012

    I have used Exec and Exec 2 so loved REXX with OS/2 years ago. REXX is excellent for scripting, whatever the reason.  
    REXX was very useful in testing (especially regression testing) way before there were any ‘formal’ testing tools. What a wonderful idea, to install REXX and ooREXX on smart embedded devices (handhelds/phones, tablets) in addition to netbooks, laptops and desktops. Thanks for pointing out the open source and object oriented capabilities!  
    There is no reason why any ‘smart’ device should not allow their owner to install the software they want and need. For me PHP is one of those (want/needs) and now REXX will be added to a very short list of must haves.  
    If the next release of a hardware device does not have at least as many apps running on it as the last release, its really not very smart and probably best to be avoided (not purchased).

  2. Gabe Gargiulo
    September 6, 2012

    Excellent article! I could never let go of REXX either. I recently updated and published my REXX book “The REXX Language on TSO” available now at Amazon.com

  3. Dave Gomberg
    October 31, 2012

    I have written nothing but REXX for the last 17 years. I now code mostly in KEXX (the macro language for the KEDIT editor, runs under Windows). I am looking forward to Android and ooREXX. 
    Maybe we should publish a second edition of Modern Programming Using REXX for the Android platform??? 
    What do you think, Gabe???

  4. Thomas Lukasik
    January 11, 2013

    I used Rexx heavily for about a year (on OS/2) as a contract programmer at a major insurer. I’d never seen or heard of it before that gig, yet was able to pick it up quickly and get the job done – and don’t recall anything negative about that whole experience – so Rexx must have something going for it.  

  5. Andy
    January 22, 2013

    REXX has been paying my bills for the past 20 years! 
    It’s a secret weapon in my toolbelt, makes me able to do a lot of things so much faster than other programmers – yet putting it on a resume does nothing, since few people know about. 
    KEXX is the primary flavor I use. Sometimes I also dabble in Brexx and ooRexx.

  6. gabe gargiulo
    January 23, 2013

    A book “Modern Programming Using REXX for the Android” sounds like a good idea! Let’s keep REXX alive!

  7. gabe gargiulo
    May 6, 2013

    A book on REXX under Android sounds like a good idea! I just finished my book The REXX Language on TSO and am ready to write another.

  8. Dave
    May 6, 2013

    Great article. I programmed apps in Rexx on OS/2 for years, and loved it. I also used to use it on many occasions to reformat large volumes of data (case changing, converting to/from csv, reordering fields).  
    I left the tech support field to pursue process management, but I’m happily back, coding Rexx in TSO. It got my juices flowing, and I’ll be pursuing it on Windows and Android for fun!

  9. ziggy2003
    October 1, 2013

    Easy to pick up but not very popular…

  10. Amiga ARexx
    October 30, 2013

    Hey, no mention of Amiga ARexx? Rexx was the standard bundled scripting language for AmigaOS 2.0 and above. AROS, an open source Amiga clone, uses Regina in its place.


  11. arexx
    December 9, 2013

    I am also very surprised Arexx was not mentioned for the Amiga — which has used it extensively to tie programs together!

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