RexxLang Book List for
Rexx, Object Rexx, and NetRexx

This is a list of published (i.e., generally available) books, manuals, and papers from scientific journals that are closely associated with the Rexx language or one of its implementations or derivatives.

Please send any additions, corrections, etc. to Mike Cowlishaw (

This list is in three parts, each ordered roughly chronologically by first edition:

  1. General published books and manuals
  2. Papers
  3. IBM Manuals, etc., with IBM order numbers
| Recent changes are marked by change bars, as on this line.

General Books and Manuals

  Modern Programming Using REXX -- Robert P. O'Hara and David R. Gomberg
      In English:   ISBN 0-13-597311-2   Prentice-Hall, 1985
                    ISBN 0-13-579329-5     (Second edition), 1988
      (From REXXPress,

  The REXX Language -- M. F. Cowlishaw
      In English:   ISBN 0-13-780735-X   Prentice-Hall, 1985
                    ISBN 0-13-780651-5     (Second edition), 1990
      In German:    ISBN 3-446-15195-8   Carl Hanser Verlag, 1988
                    ISBN 0-13-780784-8   P-H International, 1988
      In Japanese:  ISBN 4-7649-0136-6   Kindai-kagaku-sha, 1988

  Personal REXX User's Guide (PC-DOS and OS/2 REXX) version 2.0
      Mansfield Software Group, Inc., 1985-1990

  ARexx User's Reference Manual (The REXX Language for the Amiga)
      William S. Hawes, 1987

  uniREXX Reference Manual (REXX for a variety of Unix systems)
      The Workstation Group, 1990

  Proceedings of the REXX Symposium for Developers and Users
      SLAC Report-368, 235pp, June 11, 1990

  REXX In the TSO Environment -- Gabriel F. Gargiulo
      ISBN 0-89435-354-3, QED Information Systems Inc.,
      Order #CC3543;  320pp, 1990
    Revised edition:
      ISBN 0-89435-418-3, QED Information Systems Inc.,
      471pp, 1993

  Practical Usage of REXX -- Anthony S. Rudd
      ISBN 0-13-682790-X, Ellis Horwood (Simon & Schuster), 1990

  Personal REXX User's Guide (PC-DOS and OS/2 REXX) version 3.0
      Quercus Systems, 268pp, 1991

  Portable/REXX for MS/DOS (Guide, Reference manual, Examples Reference,
      Reference Summary, and Learning to Program with Portable/REXX)
  REXX/Windows (Product Guide and Reference)
      Keith Watts, Kilowatt Software, 1991

  Proceedings of the REXX Symposium for Developers and Users
      SLAC Report-379, 244pp, May 8-9, 1991

  Using ARexx on the Amiga -- Chris Zamara and Nick Sullivan
      ISBN 1-55755-114-6, 424pp+diskette, Abacus, 1991

  The REXX Handbook -- Edited by Gabe Goldberg and Phil Smith III
      ISBN 0-07-023682-8, 672pp, McGraw Hill, 1991

  Amiga Programmer's Guide to ARexx -- Eric Giguere
      Commodore-Amiga, Inc., 1991

  Programming in REXX -- Charles Daney
      ISBN 0-07-015305-1, 300pp, McGraw Hill, 1992

  Proceedings of the REXX Symposium for Developers and Users
      SLAC Report-401, 401pp, May 3-5, 1992

  The ARexx Cookbook -- Merrill Callaway
      ISBN 0-9632773-0-8, 221pp, Whitestone, 1992
      (Companion diskette: ISBN 0-9632773-1-6)

  Command Language Cookbook -- Hallett German
      ISBN 0-442-00801-5, 352pp, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992

  Personal REXX User's Guide, Version 3.0 -- OS/2 Supplement
      Quercus Systems, 94pp, 1992

  REXX--Advanced Techniques for Programmers -- Peter C. Kiesel
      ISBN 0-07-034600-3, 239pp, McGraw Hill, 1993

  REXX Tools and Techniques -- Barry K. Nirmal
      ISBN 0-89435-417-5, 264pp, QED, 1993

  VisPro/REXX (Visual programming with REXX)
      Hockware Inc, 196pp, 1993

  REXX in der Praxis -- Peter Kees
      ISBN 3-486-22666-5, 279pp, Oldenbourg, 1993

  VX-Rexx for OS/2 (Programmer's Guide and Reference) 2.0
      ISBN 1-55094-074-0 Watcom International Corp., 724pp, 1993

  REXX Reference Summary Handbook (OS/2) -- Dick Goran
      ISBN 0-9639854-0-X C F S Nevada, Inc, 102pp, 1993.
      ISBN 0-9639854-1-8 (second edition), 148pp, 1994.
      ISBN 0-9639854-2-6 (third edition, for Warp), 208pp, 1995.
      ISBN 0-9639854-3-4 (fourth edition, for Warp 4), 270pp, 1997.

  OS/2 2.1 REXX Handbook: Basics, Applications, and Tips -- Hallett German
      ISBN 0442-01734-0, 459pp, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993

  Proceedings of the REXX Symposium for Developers and Users
      SLAC Report-422, 247pp, May 18-20, 1993

  Mastering OS/2 REXX -- Gabriel F. Gargiulo
      ISBN 0-471-51901-4, 417pp, Wiley-QED, 1994

  Application Development Using OS/2 REXX -- Anthony S. Rudd
      ISBN 0-471-60691-X, 416pp, Wiley-QED, 1994

  Writing VX-Rexx Programs -- Ronny Richardson
      ISBN 0-07911-911-5, 336pp+CD-ROM, McGraw-Hill, 1994

  Teach Yourself REXX in 21 Days -- William F. Schindler & Esther Schindler
      ISBN 0-672-30529-1, 527pp, SAMS, 1994

  Writing OS/2 REXX Programs -- Ronny Richardson
      ISBN 0-07052-372-X, 390pp, McGraw-Hill, 1994

  REXX Procedursprak--hur du programmerar din PC med OS/2 -- Bengt Kynning
      ISBN 91-44-48541-7, 300pp, Studentlitteratur (Sweden), 1994

  The REXX Cookbook -- Merrill Callaway
      ISBN 0-9632773-4-0, 319pp, Whitestone, 1995
      ISBN 0-9632773-5-9  The REXX files (Companion disk)

  Yasashii Rexx Nyumon (Introduction to Easy Rexx) -- Fumito Yamada
      ISBN 4-88648-434-4, Tokyo: Daiwa Art/Di Art, diskette, 1995

  ISPF/REXX Development for Experienced Programmers -- Lou Marco
      ISBN 1-878956-50-7, 201pp, diskette, CBM Books, Ft. Washington, PA, 1995

  REXX ni Yoru OS/2 Nyumon (Introduction to OS/2 via REXX) -- Naohiko Yamashita
      ISBN 4-7898-3562-6  Tokyo: CQ Shuppan, 1996

  REXX Jiyu Jizai (Handy with REXX) -- Takanori Seki
      ISBN 4-7819-0810-1  Tokyo: Science-sha, 1996

  Object REXX by Example -- Gwen L. Veneskey et al.
      ISBN 0-9652329-0-5, 331pp+disk, Aviar Inc. (+1-412-488-9730), 1996

  Practical Usage of MVS REXX -- Anthony S. Rudd
      ISBN 3-540-19952-7, 310pp, Springer-Verlag, 1996

  Object REXX for OS/2 Warp: Rexx Bytes Objects Now -- Trevor Turton et al.
      ISBN 0-13-273467-2, 320pp+disk, Prentice-Hall, 1997

  Das REXX Lexikon -- Gerd Leibrock
      ISBN 3-486-23672-5, 598pp, Oldenbourg Verlag, 1997

  The NetRexx Language -- M. F. Cowlishaw
      ISBN 0-13-806332-X, 197pp, Prentice-Hall, 1997

  Object Oriented Programming with REXX -- Tom Ender
      ISBN 0-471-11844-3, 253 pp, Wiley Computer Publishing, diskette, 1997

  Object REXX for Windows NT and Windows 95 -- Ueli Wahli et al
      ISBN 0-13-858028-6, 490pp+disk, Prentice-Hall, 1997

  REXX OS/2, TSO and CMS Features Quick Reference -- Gabe Gargiulo
      MVS Training, Inc., 1999 (

  Down to Earth REXX -- William F. (Bill) Schindler
      ISBN 0-9677590-0-5, 507pp, Perfect Niche Software, 2000

| Practical Usage of TSO REXX -- Anthony S. Rudd
      ISBN 1-85233-261-1, 324pp, Springer-Verlag, 2000

| Rexx Programmer's Reference -- Howard Fosdick
      ISBN 0-7645-7996-7, 686pp, Wiley Publishing, 2005


  The Design of the Restructured Extended Executor Language -- M. F. Cowlishaw
      in IBM at Hursley -- The First 25 Years -- A Festschrift
      TR12.223, October 1983, 18pp.

  The Design of the REXX Language -- M. F. Cowlishaw
      IBM Systems Journal, Vol 23, No. 4, 1984, pp326-335
      Offprints can be ordered from IBM, number:  G321-5228

  REXX on TSO/E -- G. E. Hoernes
      IBM Systems Journal, Vol 28, No. 2, 1989, pp274-293
      Offprints can be ordered from IBM, number:  G321-5359

  Partial Compilation of REXX -- R. Y. Pinter, P. Vortman, and Z. Weiss
      IBM Systems Journal, Vol 30, No. 3, 1991, pp312-321
      Offprints can be ordered from IBM, number:  G321-5437

  The programming language standards scene, ten years on.
      Paper 20: Rexx -- Brian Marks
      Computer Standards & Interfaces 16, 1994 (Elsevier), pp555-557

  The Early History of REXX -- Mike Cowlishaw
      IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (ISSN 1058-6180)
      Vol 16, No. 4, Winter 1994, pp15-24

  NetRexx -- an alternative for writing Java classes -- Mike Cowlishaw
      Proceedings of IEEE CompCon 97,
      ISBN 0-8186-7804-6, pp200-205, IEEE Press, Los Alamitos, Spring 1997

| A Syllabus for Introducing MBA Students to Procedural and Object-
|     oriented Programming (Object Rexx) -- Rony G. Flatscher
|     Proceedings of the Association for Information Systems, Americas
|     Conference, Milwaukee, August 13-15, 1999.

Books and IBM Manuals, orderable or downloadable from IBM

These should be available through usual IBM channels, such as your local IBM Branch Office, or on

Cross-system books

  ZB35-5100  The REXX Language, 2nd Ed. -- Cowlishaw (see below)
  SC26-4358  SAA CPI: Procedures Language Reference (Level 1)
  SC24-5549  SAA CPI: REXX Level 2 Reference
  G511-1430  IBM REXX Compiler and Library/370:
                Introducing the Next Step in REXX 
  SH19-8160  REXX/370 (Compiler and Library/370):
                User's Guide and Reference        
  SK2T1402   REXX/370 Compiler and Library V1R2.0 Online Product Library
  LY19-6264  IBM REXX Compiler and Library/370:
                Diagnosis Guide                   
  SB20-0020  The REXX Handbook -- Ed. Goldberg & Smith (see below)
| SR23-8926  The NetRexx Language -- M. F. Cowlishaw
| SG24-2216  Creating Java Applications Using NetRexx -- U. Wahli et al

System-specific books, grouped by system

  SC24-5239  VM/SP: System Product Interpreter Reference
  SC24-5238  VM/SP: System Product Interpreter User's Guide
  SX24-5126  VM/SP: System Product Interpreter Reference Summary
  SB09-1326  VM/SP: System Product Interpreter Reference (Chinese)
  SB09-1325  VM/SP: System Product Interpreter User's Guide (Chinese)
  GG22-9361  The System Product Interpreter (REXX) Examples and
             Techniques -- Brodock
  SC12-1599  VM/SP: System Product Interpreter Handbuch
             (German: SC24-5239, July 1984)
  SC24-5357  VM/IS: Writing Simple Programs with REXX
  SC23-0374  VM/XA: System Product Interpreter Reference
  SC23-0375  VM/XA: System Product Interpreter User's Guide
  GH19-8118  CMS REXX Compiler General Information
  SH19-8120  CMS REXX Compiler User's Guide & Reference
  LY19-6262  CMS REXX Compiler Diagnosis Guide
  LN19-9048  CMS REXX Compiler Diagnosis Guide TNL
  SH19-8146  CMS REXX Compiler User's Guide and Reference - Supplement
  GC24-5406  VM/SP: Program Update Info. -- REXX Language Enhancements
  LYC0-9075  VM/ESA: V1: REXX/370 LISTING
  SC24-5598  VM/ESA: R2: REXX/VM Primer
  SC24-5465  VM/ESA: R2.2: REXX/VM User's Guide
  SC24-5466  VM/ESA: R2.2: REXX/VM Reference
  ST00-8323  VM/ESA: R2.2: REXX/VM Reference Summary (SX24-5251)
  GC24-5607  VM/ESA: R2.2: REXX/EXEC Migration Tool
  SG24-2542  VM/ESA GUI Facility Developer's Guide; REXX and C++ GUI

  SC28-1882  TSO/E V2R1.1 REXX User's Guide
  SC28-1883  TSO/E Version 2 REXX/MVS Reference
  SC23-3803  Using REXX to Access OpenEdition MVS Services
| SC31-8231  TME 10 NetView for OS/390 V1R2 Customization: Using REXX
| SC28-1905  OS/390 Using REXX and OS/390 UNIX System Services
| SC28-1975  OS/390 V2R10.0 TSO/E REXX Reference
| SC28-1974  OS/390 V2R9.0-R10.0 TSO/E REXX User's Guide

  S01F-0271  OS/2 Version 1.3 Procedures Language 2/REXX Reference
  S01F-0272  OS/2 Version 1.3 Procedures Language 2/REXX User's Guide
  S10G-6268  OS/2 (Version 2.0) Procedures Language 2/REXX Reference
  S10G-6269  OS/2 (Version 2.0) Procedures Language 2/REXX User's Guide
  SR28-5250  OS/2 (Version 2.1) REXX Handbook
  GG24-4199  OS/2 REXX: From Bark to Byte (Redbook)
  SR28-5884  The REXX Cookbook -- Merrill Callaway
| S246-0078  REXX Reference Summary Handbook -- Dick Goran
| SG24-4586  Object REXX for OS/2 (Turton et al)

  SC24-5512  AS/400 Procedures Language 400/REXX Reference
  SC24-5513  AS/400 Procedures Language 400/REXX Programmer's Guide
  SC24-5552  AS/400 Procedures Language 400/REXX Reference, Version 2
  SC24-5553  AS/400 Procedures Language 400/REXX Programmer's Guide, V 2
  SBOF-6819  OS/400: REXX/400 Support

  SC33-6528  VSE/ESA: REXX/VSE User's Guide
  SC33-6529  VSE/ESA: REXX/VSE Reference
  LY33-9144  VSE/ESA: REXX/VSE Diagnosis Reference
  GC33-6533  VSE/ESA: REXX/VSE Licensed Program Specifications
  SK2T-0063  VSE/ESA: REXX/VSE V1R1 Online Product Library
  SC33-6642  VSE/ESA: VSE/REXX Reference (VSE Central functions)

  SC24-5708  AIX/6000: AIX REXX/6000 Reference

  SH24-5286  IBM REXX for Netware Reference Guide

  SH21-0482  REXX Development System for CICS/ESA and REXX Runtime
             Facility for CICS/ESA Guide and Reference

| S83G-9228  PC DOS 7: REXX User's Guide and Reference

| SG24-4825  Object REXX for Windows NT/95 (Ueli Wahli et al)

Applications and other REXX-related books

  GG24-1615  Using REXX in Practice: EXEC2 to REXX Conversion Experiences
  GG24-3401  REXX/EXEC Migration To VM/XA SP
  SC33-0478  GDDM REXX Guide
  SR21-0864  SRA VM Using the CMS System Product Interpreter
  SH20-7051  VM/SP System Product Interpreter: SQL/Data System
             Interface: Program Description/Operations Manual
  GG66-3144  NetView Release 3: REXX Presentation Guide -- Gibbons
             & Quigley
  SC31-6135  NetView Customization -- Writing Command Lists
  GG66-3158  CMS Pipelines Tutorial -- Hartmann, Kraines, and Lynn
  GR28-2920  CUA 2001 VM Applications Core Functions Programmer's
             Reference Guide (CUA support for VM REXX applications)
  SC23-3803  Using REXX to Access OpenEdition MVS Services
| SC23-3501  OS/390 Internet BonusPak II: Web Programming

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