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Frank Yaeger

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 6:21 am    Post subject: Retiring after 43+ years with IBM
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Just a note to let everyone know I'll be retiring at the end of this month (5/31/2012). I've been with IBM for 43+ years (plus a couple of summers in college) and I've enjoyed my career immensely. I've especially enjoyed being able to help people use the DFSORT/ICETOOL functions I developed, over many years, in new and interesting ways.

Once I retire, I won't be posting solutions any more since I won't have access to a mainframe to test them, and I don't like posting untested solutions. I may lurk a bit or I may not.

I'm looking forward to retirement, but I'll also miss this board. I'm happy to say that others on the DFSORT Team will continue to contribute.

Thanks to everyone for giving me the chance to earn a living all these years doing something that was a lot of fun for me.

Long live the mainframe, IBM, z/OS, DFSORT and ICETOOL!
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vasanthz

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 6:52 am    Post subject:
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Frank, Best wishes in all your future endeavors!
You were the best in your field and someone who we can look upto.
Please do stick around when time permits.

With Highest respect,
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply to: Retiring after 43+ years with IBM
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Frank,

Using maximum understatement - You will be Missed!

Best of everything to you and yours!

Dick
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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject:
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Best wishes and good luck as you go on!
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chandan.inst

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 8:18 am    Post subject:
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Franks,

You are the best at what you do. We will miss you and your expertise.

Best wishes for all your future endeavors.

Regards,
Chandan
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mcmillan

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 8:31 am    Post subject:
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I may lurk a bit or I may not.


We are no more without you Frank, please stay with us...
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rajesh

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:09 am    Post subject:
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We are all gonna miss u captain...
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject:
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I still remember the day when I asked a question on SORT, long back, and you came to the rescue. Needless to say, solution from you worked well.

I asked, "How do you know this much about ICETOOL and SORT".
Frank: I've 'invented' ICETOOL.

I kept on reading that statement and there was silence in the room. I'm sorry but I don't have the words to explain the ecstasy I felt inside.

I could not sleep for many nights, downloaded DFSort getting started right away and lurked through many other posts of yours on many other boards. I feel privileged that I "know" someone whose invention I use for my livelihood, in one way or other, and can convey a Thank You in "person".

Best wishes,

Regards,
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Pandora-Box

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 1:06 pm    Post subject:
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Frank,

If I had been a billonaire I would be happy to gift you a Mainframe icon_smile.gif

Anyone needs a break though icon_smile.gif

Your experince its pretty close to my dad's age infact icon_smile.gif

Wonder when I could atleast understand about these kinda System programming / Programming

Best of luck for your future
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Marso

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Retiring after 43+ years with IBM
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Abraham Lincoln wrote:
Whatever you are, be a good one.
You've done that so far, I wish you the same for your next chapter in life.
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Retiring after 43+ years with IBM
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I think, as a retirement present, IBM should give you one of those machines for employees which can run z/OS and lifetime free support. You'd only have to use it when you want :-)

For what you have done, for IBM, on these boards, I think it is the least they could do.

For your solutions we can't thank you enough, or often enough. Nor for the product.

I've personally learned so much in the last few months, because of the time and effort that you (and your colleague, but this one is for you) take.

Please lurk, and feel free to bash or delete my really bad stuff as it comes along :-)

Thanks, and enjoy.
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Garry Carroll

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject:
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The very best of wishes for the future, Frank. I'm sure I was not alone in my initial reaction... "Rats!" icon_exclaim.gif
Garry.
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Akatsukami

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 4:42 pm    Post subject:
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B'shaah tova. Frank icon_smile.gif
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Phrzby Phil

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 5:26 pm    Post subject:
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Frank -

Re your comment above, from Wikipedia about Donald Knuth:

Quote:
He once warned a correspondent, "Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it."


Also, I summer programmed 1969-70 at IBM Poughkeepsie.

Good Luck!
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don.leahy

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 6:09 pm    Post subject:
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Frank, as a fan, I am sorry to see you go. Best wishes on your well earned retirement.

The changes in DFSORT over the past couple of decades have been astonishing. SORT utilities used to be only good for, well, sorting. DFSORT has evolved far beyond that. As I like to tell my younger colleagues: "This is not your father's sort utility"

You and your team have done great work.
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Bill O'Boyle

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Retiring after 43+ years with IBM
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Frank,

As your retirement was inevitable, I will be ever grateful for your words of wisdom and constant professionalism.

I wish you well....

Best Regards,
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Ed Goodman

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject:
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Someone should check the number of downloads of the actual DFSORT manuals. I bet it goes WAY up now!
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Rohit Umarjikar

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 8:13 pm    Post subject:
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We will really miss your talent.
Enjoy and have a great fun henceforth.
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Pedro

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Retiring after 43+ years with IBM
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Frank,

I have always admired your depth of knowledge and dedication. When I grow up, I hope to be just like you.
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tampakenny

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:46 pm    Post subject:
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Ditto what all the other users are saying. The first thing I thought when I saw the post title was "Oh no, I hope it's not Frank." You will, without a doubt, be missed by the entire SORT community. You never cease to amaze with your willingness to share your expertise on all things sort in a quick, concise, and CORRECT manner. Well done. Thanks for being a wonderful resource for all of us. You did IBM proud all these years.
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