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There are seven free Classic Rexx interpreters, two free object-oriented Rexxes, and one free Java compatible Rexx-like language called NetRexx. All are excellent products. Each has its own special strengths. They appear below in no particular order--

Classic Rexx --

Where it Runs

Information

Download --

Regina

Nearly all platforms.
Includes 64 bit versions.

here

here

Rexx/imc

Linux, Unix, BSD

here

here

Reginald

Windows

here

here

r4

Windows

here

here

BRexx

Windows, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Android,
DOS (16- and 32- bit), Linux, Unix, BSD, Mac OS, Amiga OS, BeOS, and others

here

here (Android here)

Rexx for Palm OS

Palm OS

here

here

Compact Rexx (CRX)

Windows, DOS

here and here (pdf)

here

 

Object Rexx --

Where it Runs

Information

Download --

Open Object Rexx

Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS. Includes 64 bit versions.

here

here

roo!

Windows

here

here

 

Java-compatible Rexx

Where it Runs

Information

Download --

NetRexx

Any Java Virtual Machine (JVM)

here (soon here)

here (soon here)

 

Rexx for Handhelds --

For this operating system:

Select this product:

Android

Brexx. Also a Jaxo Systems version is coming soon.

Windows CE, Windows Mobile,
other Windows systems

BRexx

Zipit wireless messenger (Z2)

Regina

Symbian/EPOC and EPOC32

Regina

DOS emulation

BRexx

Palm OS

Rexx for Palm OS

iOS

Apple doesn’t allow scripting languages in its App Store. See this for how to jailbreak and run NetRexx on iPhone.

64-bit Rexx -- See ooRexx and Regina (above).

Rexx comes bundled with IBM mainframes (all mainframe operating systems), i5/OS, OS/400, OS/2, eCS, OS/2 Warp, osFree, AmigaOS, AROS, MorphOS, SkyOS, and IBM's PC-DOS 7 and 2000.

This vendor list links to vendors of Rexx interpreters, tools, training, and services.   

Download Tools Rexx

You can download thousands of free Rexx tools and scripts from this section--

The web sites for the Rexx interpreters above give you access to many freely downloadable tools and function libraries.

Free Tools List. This is an alphabetical list of over 100 free Rexx tools and descriptions of what they do. It contains hot links so you can easily download them.  The Free Tools List is only a partial list of what’s out there -- it’s mainly for Windows and Linux platforms.  For a more complete view, covering more tools and all platforms, see the following . . .

Web Sites with Free Tools.  This lists over 100 web sites, each of which offer multiple free tools. The list tells you the Rexx interpreter and platforms the tools were written for.   It has hot links so you can easily download the tools.   Visiting these sites gives you access to a couple thousand free Rexx tools and scripts.
 
This vendor list links to vendors of Rexx tools, interpreters, training, and services
 
           If you have a web site or tool you want added (or changed) to any of these lists, send full
           information as per the list to
webmasterA at the domain RexxInfo.org.  Thank you.

Sample Code Rexx

Beyond downloading Rexx tools and reviewing the code examples in the tutorial articles, you may also wish to review the sample code in this section. Some of the examples are intended for  learning purposes, while others were designed as subroutines or code you can copy and use:

         For Windows & Linux, classic & object-oriented (download) from Rexx Programmer’s Reference
        
Sample algorithms in Rexx with explanations from Vladimir Zabrodsky
        
Album of Algorithms & Techniques for Standard Rexx, from Vladimir Zabrodsky
        
Sample code for The Perl Cookbook in Rexx (unfinished) from PLEAC-REXX
        
For Windows from Reginald REXX
        
For Windows from Kilowatt Software’s tutorial and reference guide
        
The Script Library’s free Rexx scripts
        
List of web sites with many Rexx scripts, from DMOZ Open Directory Project
        
120+ Windows Object-Oriented scripts from Microsoft
        
130+ Object REXX scripts (download) from Object REXX by Example
        
For Windows using Open Object Rexx from Lee Peedin
        
OpenOffice automation using Open Object Rexx from Prof. Rony Flatscher and students
        
More ooRexx Windows scripts from Prof. Rony Flatscher and students
        
For OS/2 from PillarSoft
        
For OS/2, a searchable scripts database, from the Hobbes Project
        
For OS/2, from the Hobbes Project
        
700 Scripts for Amiga from Aminet (enter “Rexx” into the search panel)
        
For Mainframe, w/ ISPF, edit macros, a list of web sites with scripts, by DMOZ Open Directory Project
        
Frank Clarke’s REXX/MVS code examples
        
David Alcock’s MVS Freeware code
        
Jax RCFB Rexx Programming Language page has sample mainframe Rexx code and links to more
        
Norbert’s Mainframe Tools has Rexx mainframe code (comments are written in German)
        
Glenwood Consulting’s Rexx Page provides Copybooks for mainframe Rexx programmers
        
Mainframe Rexx Sample Code from Bill Lalonde
        
For TSO-REXX with ISPF from The American Programmer
        
For REXX/VSE from IBM
        
NetRexx, applications and applets from IBM
        
How to Write Portable Rexx explanation and sample code (DOC file) 
         All the
Rexx interpreters download with their own sample scripts, as well.

Macro examples -- see our
Rexx Macros section.

Forums Rexx

There are many active Rexx forums--

           comp.lang.rexx         (a Rexx newsgroup here accessed through Google Groups)
          
SourceForge OORexx forum   (from SourceForge)
          
Reginald Rexx forum (or try their alternate web address)
          
For mainframe REXX (from Tek-Tips.com)
          
For mainframe REXX (from MVSHelp.com)
          
For mainframe REXX (from IBM Mainframe Forums)
          
For mainframe REXX (The TSOREXX Listserv, here accessed through Google Groups)
          
For OS/2 REXX           (from OS/2 World Forums)
          
GUI Object REXX       (a Yahoo Group)
          
In Russian
          
In Japanese  
          
In German      
          
In French

The Rexx Language Association supports a group mailing list (listserv) that is private for its members
Subscribe to the VM-REXX listserv run by Marist College
Univ of Georgia REXX Listserv plus archives
Subscribe to the NetRexx email list from IBM
NetRexx WebRing lists NetRexx web sites (these are also in our downloadable list of tools sites)

User Group Rexx

The Rexx Language Association is a truly international users group for all Rexx users.  It--

         *  Holds an
annual conference where you can talk with expert Rexx developers
         *  Publishes the conference presentations (for
2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)
         *  Supports the
Open Object Rexx project and its product, Open Object Rexx
         *  Offers a very useful
informational web site
         *  Offers a members-only email group (a listserv) for questions and answers
         *  Supports the work of standards bodies and future Rexx directions
         *  Membership is $24 US ($12 for students) -- Become a member
here  

Links Rexx

These are high-value web sites you can visit for more Rexx information.  Many of the links on this site point to these very useful sites --

User Group --
Rexx Language Association

Interpreters and Tools --

Open Object Rexx

Regina

BRexx

NetRexx

Kilowatt Software (r4/roo!)

Reginald

Rexx/imc

Rexx for Palm OS

Mainframes --  The REXX Files at the The American Programmer.

Tools -- Sites with Free Tools

Links -- The DMOZ Open Directory Project links to numerous Rexx web sites.
            
List of sites with short descriptions.    List of site names on a single page without descriptions
 

Benchmark Rexx

Here’s something fun... benchmark your system by running the rexxcps script that comes with every Rexx interpreter

Compare your system’s performance
here.  The chart shows how personal computers have improved so that “compiled versus interpreted language performance” is hardly an issue for most applications.

Email your benchmark data to me (including all the data fields in the chart), and I’ll add it to the chart. I’m at
webmasterA at the domain RexxInfo.org.  Thank you!

Find an extensive list of Rexx benchmarks for all kinds of systems
here.

This site compares programming language performances. It gives you another benchmark plus code for another dozen benchmark programsDon’t take the site’s rankings for Rexx too seriously. The site is not scientific and the performance of various Rexx interpreters varies widely.

Book Rexx2

There exist many excellent books on Rexx, among them --

Callaway, Merrill. The Rexx Cookbook: A Tutorial Guide to the Rexx Language in OS/2 & Warp
     on the IBM Personal Computer. Whitestone, 1995. ISBN 0-9632773-4-0.
Cowlishaw, Michael.
The Rexx Language: A Practical Approach to Programming. Prentice Hall,
     1990. ISBN 0-13-780651-5.
Cowlishaw, Michael.
The NetRexx Language. Prentice Hall, 1997. ISBN 0-13-806332-X.
Cowlishaw, Michael.
NetRexx 2. IBM UK Labs, 2009. (Free download as PDF file)
Daney, Charles.
Programming in REXX. McGraw-Hill, TX, 1990. ISBN 0-07-015305-1.
Deuring, Johannes.
REXX Grundlagen fur die z/OS Praxis. Germany, 2005. ISBN 3-486-20025-9.
Ender, Tom.
Object-Oriented Programming With Rexx. John Wiley & Sons, 1997. ISBN 0-471-11844-3.
Fosdick, Howard.
Rexx Programmer's Reference. Wiley/Wrox, 2005. ISBN 0-7645-7996-7.
Gargiulo, Gabriel.
REXX with OS/2, TSO, & CMS Features. MVS Training, 1999 (third edition 2004).
     ISBN 1-892559-03-X.
Goldberg, Gabriel and Smith, Philip H.
The Rexx Handbook. McGraw-Hill, TX, 1992. ISBN 0-07-023682-8.
Goran, Richard K.
REXX Reference Summary Handbook. CFS Nevada, Inc.,1997. ISBN 0-9639854-3-4.
IBM Redbooks.
Implementing Rexx Support in Sdsf. Vervante, 2007. (Free download as PDF file).
Kiesel, Peter C.
Rexx: Advanced Techniques for Programmers. McGraw-Hill, TX, 1992. ISBN 0-07-034600-3.
Marco, Lou. I
SPF/REXX Development for Experienced Programmers. CBM Books, 1995. ISBN 1-878956-50-7
O'Hara, Robert P. and Gomberg, David Roos.
Modern Programming Using Rexx. Prentice Hall, 1988.
     ISBN 0-13-597329-5.
Rudd, Anthony S.
Practical Usage of Rexx. Ellis Horwood Ltd., 1991. ISBN 0-13-682790-X.
Schindler, William.
Down to Earth Rexx. Perfect Niche Software, 2000. ISBN 0-9677590-0-5
Veneskey, Gwen et al.
Object Rexx By Example. Aviar Inc., 1990’s, ISBN 0-9652329-0-5.

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