The first time I remember Rexx being mentioned was when I installed OS/2 2.0.
The installation procedure asked me if I wanted to install RexxUtil, an extension to Rexx.
Since I didn't have the slightest idea what Rexx was supposed to be doing on my system with its limited hard disk space, I answered NO.
Soon after that I bought VX-REXX, to try some programming in OS/2.
Though one can make nice interfaces in VX-REXX without any knowledge of Rexx itself, I soon found out I needed to know more about Rexx if I wanted to do some "serious programming".
That's when I heard about Dick Goran's OS/2 Warp Rexx Reference Summary Handbook.
Since then, I have spent many days and nights programming in Rexx.
One of my projects involved controlling an HP ScanJet 4c over a LAN Server based wide area network, which was, I suppose, the limit of Rexx's possibilities as far as maintainability is concerned (though I bet that many Rexx programmers won't agree).
Another project involved Microsoft Windows NT 4 Terminal Server with Citrix MetaFrame and Load Balancing. In short, this enabled OS/2 users at the office to run a full NT 4 desktop in a window on top of their OS/2 desktop (would work in Unix and DOS too, with the appropriate client software).
With 4 huge "powerhouse" servers, one hardly noticed a performance difference compared to a locally installed Windows Workstations.
I wrote some administrative tools, both Regina Rexx scripts and batch files, for NT 4 TS domains.
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