Essential Getting Started Reading

Updated (11/4/2016)

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Great place to start is this one.

IBM Online (Free) training

Z Basics (from IBM)

Presentation archives – Excellent resource (

In no particular order places to start:

ABCs of System Programming Volume 1 (All the ABCs books are good)

what on earth is a mainframe

Wikipedia History of mainframe operating systems

TSO Tutorial


The hardcore manuals (Think Intel’s Architecture Software Developer Manual)

Principles of Operations


The Libraries

ZOS 2.1 Library

IBM Redbooks


Other mainframe or similar links

CBT Tape (check the Xephon archives)

Hercules s390 emulator