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IBM Contributes Scripting Language to the Rexx Language Association

Encourages Innovation Around REXX Application Development

BÖBLINGEN, Germany -- Nov. 29th, 2004 --


IBM and the Rexx Language Association (RexxLA) today announced that IBM is contributing source code of the Object REXX Interpreter Edition to the RexxLA. The source code for Object REXX for Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, Linux®, and SUN Solaris® will henceforth be available from RexxLA (http://www.rexxla.org/ (link resides outside of ibm.com)) under Common Public License (CPL) V1.0.

By contributing this software to the Open Source community, IBM is encouraging innovation around REXX and Object REXX applications. Today's news is a natural evolution of IBM's engagement in the open source community. Currently, IBM participates in and contributes to more than 150 open source projects. These projects include Linux, the Globus Alliance, Eclipse, and Apache.

Mike Cowlishaw, IBM Fellow and inventor of REXX, commented, "The ANSI standard REXX language is available for almost every platform, thanks to the efforts of the open source community and RexxLA. I'm delighted that programmers and users everywhere will now benefit from the same freedom to use Object REXX."

"The Rexx Language Association is delighted that IBM is contributing Object REXX to the open source community," said Chip Davis, President of RexxLA. "We are targeting the first release of Open Object REXX (link resides outside of ibm.com) for early 2005 and are enthusiastic about the opportunities to introduce an ever increasing community to the ease and power of programming in REXX."

About Object REXX

Object REXX is an interpreted scripting language based on Programming Language REXX, ANSI X3.274-1996, and extended to support object-oriented programming. Object REXX for Windows was first announced in February 1997. Since then it has been ported to AIX, Linux, and SUN Solaris. Object REXX includes support for TCP/IP sockets, regular expressions, mathematical functions, and ActiveX/OLE.

About the Rexx Language Association

The Rexx Language Association (RexxLA) is a worldwide, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use and understanding of the REXX programming language. For more information about RexxLA, visit http://www.rexxla.org/ (link resides outside of ibm.com).

Footnote: IBM and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds and others. Solaris is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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