Hi all. One of the little known gems in the RDz functionality base is the Data Perspective - where you go to: Connect to databases Filter (disply only specific) connection: Schemas Tables Stored procedures View DB2 "objects" Stored Procedures Views Tables View column meta-data View Primary/Foreign key relationships Indexes Packages UDTs/UDFs Synonyms etc. View and modify table test data Editing table values directly in spreadsheet mode Adding and deleting rows Unload and Loading test rows Browsing sample contents Code and test SQL Create new... [More]
Broadcast date: March 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT
Developed for: Application programmers and managers; operations managers; system programmers
Technical level: Basic
You will learn how to:
Improve insight into application regressions and quality
Reduce test environment cost and set-up time
Reduce bottlenecks in mobile development caused by back-end systems testing
Expedite test and delivery cycles
Timothy Hahn,... [More]
Both IMS and Enterprise COBOL had new and exciting announcements this year. COBOL and IMS continue to deliver leading edge technologies to facilitate application integration, modernization, as well as improving application performance. Roland Koo, Product Manager for Rational Compilers, and Haley Fung, IMS Senior Developer, identify why it is important to upgrade to the latest versions of IMS and COBOL together.
Speakers: Haley Fung, Roland Koo, and Kimberly Gist.
Go HERE to listen to this informative podcast.
SHARE in Boston is being held August 11-16 at the Hynes Convention Center. IBM’s own “Captain COBOL”, Tom Ross, will be presenting two highly informative sessions on IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1.
Session 13792: ZOMG The Next COBOL Compiler Has Arrived! will discuss all of the new features that IBM’s developers have added to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1 such as the exploitation of the latest zArchitecture, improved XML PARSE and XML GENERATE, the ability to improve the performance of your... [More]
Attending Innovate ? Want to learn about, and gain experience with, the recently announced Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1 ? Enroll in hands-on technical workshop WKS-2280.
The workshop will offer an overview of the new Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1 compiler. The format of the workshop will be a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on exercises. As a participant in the workshop you will have the opportunity to use Rational Developer for z to complete the hands-on portion of the workshop.
A playlist has been added to the Rational YouTube channel for all videos explaining how to develop COBOL on AIX using IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software and can be found here The newest edition is a video that explains how to get started with COBOL for AIX. It explains basic Eclipse functionality and how to use the Remote Systems Explorer to connect to an AIX machine and find files and execute commands.
IBM Rational Developer for Power
You may have heard about Rational Developer for Power Systems Software , which now has support for COBOL and C/C++ development on AIX as well as IBM i application development. It is easy to kick the tires by downloading the trial from here . But if you only have 3 minutes just check out the YouTube video below and be amazed at the COBOL functionality now available for AIX developers.
For more information go to the product web site at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/products/rdp/ .
In the previous entry on RDz's search capabilities we zeroed in on search within a file - the flexibility of RDz's search (ala' ISPF - or using the *Ctrl/F "Find/Replace" dialog*), the simplicity of using your mouse for so much of the search workflow and especially RDz's unique Search results view, that contains hyper-links to all "found" lines and elements (See "Things you might not have known about searching w/RDz Part I). Clicking hyper-links to found-elements is not only faster (and it is.. much faster than typing scads of additional... [More]
So - it's a holiday week-end (woof...) - and I'm going to make this entry short and sweet....(the barbecue awaits). Among the many reasons to use RDz - includes the fact that, while ISPF has a mature and excellent set of tools for developing z/OS apps, ISPF has been at the top (probably even down-hill/right-hand) side of the famous "Technology S Curve" - for at least two decades. http://innovationzen.com/blog/2006/08/17/innovation-management-theory-part-4/ Software innovation and enhancements - useful time and cost-saving features are seldom... [More]
's funny - I've been using RDz for almost a year. And it seems like every time I open the product I learn something new - and find something cool/pretty cool/very cool I hadn't seen. Search - for example. Searching Withn a File Within a file Ctrl/F brings up the Find/Replace dialog (I know - you already knew that - hang in there). Find/Replace allows you to do 99% of what's available in ISPF =2. Search Search/Replace Repeat Search - if ISPF is your editor profile, you can press F5 Repeat Replace - ditto with F5/F6, just like ISPF Find All -... [More]
When you're doing z/OS maintenance and production support tasks you will routinely have to do two fairly involved analysis processes: Control Flow Analysis - where you build a "mental map" of how the PL/1 procedures and functions, COBOL paragraphs and sections or HLASM routines hang together via the operational control flow constructs in the code (PERFORM, etc.). "in the code" - means from the source code only. Data Flow Analysis - where you need to trace the flow a value within one or more programs - as it's moved, assigned, and used in... [More]
In this section of the Cafe you will find various bits of technical info - all about making the most of your RDz work-time. While Dave Myers and I are the primary content managers for this blog - and will be responsible both for new posts and reviews, we are more than happy to make you famous (at least within the fraternity of RDz developers) by posting your Tips&Techniques. Any takers? (talk again soon) - Jon Sayles
At SHARE in Anaheim, March 9 to 14, Tom Ross and Peter Elderon , members of the IBM compiler development team, will be presenting the following sessions regarding Enterprise COBOL or z/OS, V5.1:
15247: zOMG The Next COBOL Compiler has Arrived! - Part 1 of 2
15246: zOMG The Next COBOL Compiler Has Arrived - Part 2 of 2
The COBOL for AIX Fix Pack 10 (December 2013 PTF) for 4.1.1 is now available at the following links and on Fix Central :
COBOL for AIX Fix Pack 10 (December 2013 PTF) for 4.1.1
Fix list for COBOL for AIX
Fixed APARs are listed on the 'Fix list' page, along with links to all COBOL for AIX Fix Packs. Please note that the term 'Fix Pack' is equivalent to 'PTF', and both terms... [More]
The SMP/E REPORT MISSINGFIX command helps determine whether fixes exist that are applicable but have not yet been installed. We recommend using the SMP/E REPORT MISSINGFIX command with the FIXCAT keyword for COBOL V5.1 which is:
The command to use to find all of the service required to use COBOL V5.1 or run programs created with COBOL V5.1 is:
REPORT MISSINGFIX ZONES(URZONE1,URZONE2)
With COBOL for z/OS, V5.1, you can use the AFP option to control the compiler usage of the Additional Floating Point (AFP) registers that are provided by z/Architecture processors.
The syntax is as follows:
The default is AFP(VOLATILE).
The Enterprise COBOL compiler generates code that uses the... [More]
Standard COBOL 85 requires that program-name be specified as a user-defined word. IBM COBOL compilers extends the standard rule and allow program-name to be a user-defined word or alphanumeric literal, but not a figurative constant, that identifies your program. It must follow the following rules of formation, depending on the setting of the PGMNAME compiler option:
PGMNAME(COMPAT) If program-name is an alphanumeric literal, the rules for the name are the same except that the extension characters $, #, and @ can be included in the... [More]
With COBOL for z/OS, V5.1, you can use the ARCH option to specify the machine architecture for which your executable program instructions are to be generated.
The syntax is ARCH( n ). Parameter n is an integer between 6 and 10 inclusive, specifying the machine architecture for which instructions are to be generated. ARCH(6) is default.
If you specify a higher ARCH level, the compiler generates code that uses newer and faster instructions. Your application might abend if it runs on a processor with an architecture level lower than... [More]
End markers are a combination of words followed by a separator period that indicates the end of a COBOL program, method, class, factory, or object definition. The following end marks are IBM extensions for both AIX and Enterprise. Please pay attention to the conventions when you use them:
For programs - program-name must be identical to the program-name of the corresponding PROGRAM-ID paragraph. Every COBOL program, except an outermost program that contains no nested programs and is not followed by another batch program, must end... [More]
Enterprise COBOL Developer Trial for z/OS, V5.1 is now available. The Trial lets you assess the value that could be gained from migrating to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS , V5.1, before making a formal, upgrade decision. This trial enables the evaluation of the latest IBM COBOL capabilities, in a non-production environment, without the prerequisite time and resources commitments required for a full, production migration project.
For more information please visit the following URL:
Watch as James Governor, Principal Analyst and Founder, RedMonk, and Kevin Stoodley, IBM Fellow and CTO, IBM Rational, discuss the benefits of the new IBM Enterprise COBOL compiler for z/OS. Jeff Heath, Development Manager, IBM Rational, demonstrates some of the benefits of this new version.
As mentioned in the video, please ask any followup questions in our COBOL Cafe forum .
In COBOL for z/OS, V5,1, when compiling your source files that are too complex or in a relatively large size, and if you have specified the OPTIMIZE level, it may take excessive amount of time or storage. Thus a new compiler option, MAXPCF , is introduced to allow you to control the amount of time and storage used when optimizing a program. You can specify the maximum program complexity factor with this option. The new term, Program Complexity Factor (PCF), is a value calculated by the compiler, and represents the complexity of the program... [More]
COBOL for AIX version 4.1 introduces a new utility, the source conversion utility (scu), to assist the conversion of programs in non-IBM COBOL source formats.
The main function for utility is to “normalize” COBOL source input text so that the resulting output source text can be compiled by IBM COBOL for AIX V4.1. The input formats that are specifically addressed are some non-IBM fixed-format source and COBOL standard free-format source.
The individual transformations done by scu includes the following:
The COBOL for AIX compiler supports the extended source format as an IBM extension.
Fixed source format consists of the following areas in a 72-character line. Extended source format consists of the following areas in a 252-character line.
Sequence number area
Columns 1 through 6
Columns 8 through 11
Columns 12 through 72 in fixed source format
Columns 12 through 252 in extended source format
Note that... [More]
To define variable length tables in COBOL, we usually specify the OCCURS ... DEPENDING ON clause in the data description entry for an item contained within a group structure. While this defines an item with a variable number of occurrences at run time, in earlier versions before Enterprise COBOL V5.1, we also need to specify a maximum number of occurrences in the syntax , and hence a maximum size for the table and the containing group, which causes usability problems in some contexts.
In particular, this problem occurs when... [More]
IBM® extensions are features, syntax rules, or behavior defined by IBM rather than by the COBOL standards.
In the Appendix of COBOL Language Reference, a table lists IBM extensions with a brief description. If an item is listed as an extension, all related rules are also extensions. For example, USAGE DISPLAY-1 for DBCS characters is listed as an extension; its many uses in statements and clauses are also extensions, but are not listed separately.
This blog entry and the folloing ones aim to introduce these IBM extensions... [More]
Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1 was announced on April 23, 2013 and became generally available on June 21, 2013. This new compiler was re-architected to include an advanced technology framework for optimizing COBOL applications and exploiting z/Architecture, including the latest zBC12 hardware, providing significant performance improvements over Enterprise COBOL V4. These performance improvements will reduce CPU utilization and lower operating costs for customers running business critical applications. Enterprise COBOL... [More]
At Innovate 2013 right now? Want to learn about, and gain experience with, the recently announced Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1 in a workshop run by two members of the compiler development team? It's not too late to enroll in hands-on technical workshop WKS-2280 (Wednesday at 8am).
This workshop offers first-hand experience on new optimization, debugging, and programming features (e.g XML, UTF-8) shipped in this product and will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. As a... [More]
In addition to the fixed indicators that can be specified in the indicator area of the source reference format, there is a new floating comment indicator (*>) introduced by COBOL for AIX, V4.1. You can use the floating comment indicator in both the extended format and in the fixed format.
A comment indicator indicates a comment line when specified as the first character-string in the program text area (Area A plus Area B). It can also indicate an inline comment when specified following one or more character-strings in the program text... [More]
Though it has been half century that COBOL has been around, it is still the most dominant language for running business-critical applications, and it is the backbone for organizations everywhere. Among them, a majority of the business transactions processed by COBOL run on IBM System z hardware. Given this , IBM is making a latest refresh to this venerable language on z/OS, the V5.1 release will go alive on June 21!
Generally speaking, IBM says the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1 compiler will give applications a 15-20... [More]
The Fix Central website provides fixes and updates for system's software, hardware, and operating system. You can search, select, order and download fixes to your system with a choice of delivery options. To help you locate and obtain fixes in an efficient way, Fix Central is designed to provide multiple search and ordering options. You can select your favorate search criteria that include the following:
Search by APAR or SPR identifier (search by the unique string)
Search by Fix... [More]
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In earlier versions of COBOL for AIX, WSCLEAR cleared all of a program's WORKING-STORAGE data items. Beginning with Version 4, WSCLEAR clears a program's non-EXTERNAL data items in WORKING-STORAGE to binary zeros at initialization.
With COBOL for AIX, V4.1.1, you can use WSCLEAR with a new suboption, nnn (an integer between 0 and 255), to initialize each byte of WORKING-STORAGE data to a specific value. The storage is initialized before any VALUE clauses are applied.
See the syntax of WSCLEAR... [More]
z/OS supports simplified processing of multiple versions of related data. The sequences of different generations of data or updates to the data are known as generation data groups (GDGs). Each data set in the group is called a generate data set (GDS) or simply generation.
On AIX, “file” is the equivalent term for “data set” on z/OS. Grouping related files offers the following advantages:
All of the files in the group can be referred to by a common name
The files in the group are kept in... [More]
In IBM mainframes, the queued sequential access method (QSAM) is widely used as an access method for files, or more properly data sets. But it has not been implemented in AIX systems. In COBOL for AIX, V4.1.1, a new file system, QSAM file system , is introduced to improve the file input-output performance. You can transfer QSAM files from the mainframe to AIX without the need to compile with -qhost . Simply use the FTP commands binary and quote site rdw . An exception here: If the file contains EBCDIC character data, compile the AIX COBOL... [More]
Extended source format is introduced in COBOL for AIX, V4.1. The new extended source format is divided into distinct areas as before, but permits lines varying in length from a minimum of 0 bytes to a maximum of 252 bytes. The following figures illustrate the key difference between the two formats: Fixed source format: Extended source format: For both formats, lines shorter than the maximum length are logically extended with space to the maximum length. You can use the SRCFORMAT option to indicate whether your COBOL source... [More]
We are pleased to announce the Managed Beta Program for IBM® Enterprise COBOL VNext, which will focus on new features, quality and performance. The enrollment deadline is 15 January 2013. The benefits of participating in this Beta include: Opportunity to influence the product and future product direction. Ability to test code and documentation, and ensure compatibility in their environment. Free education, code, and documentation during the Beta. Free support by development during the Beta for their questions and problems Competitive... [More]
COBOL Compilers are now live on the
Request for Enhancement (RFE) Community. It is a great place where you
can collaborate with development teams and other product users. Our development
team will review your RFE and provide status updates throughout its lifecycle.
Here is the link to the Community: COBOL RFE Looking forward to hearing from you.
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EZLegacy are a new Business Partner with a solution (EZSource) for
"whole application" analysis for System z that compliments our offerings
and strengthens our overall value to customers.
Find out about their solution, and how it integrates with Rational Team Concert by attending a public 45 minute webinar.
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Date/time 14th June 2012 at 13.00 EDT
Duration 45 minutes
Abstract Taking decisions on what... [More]
Upgrade to COBOL V4 when you upgrade to CICS V4 System z compilers continue to deliver the latest programming interfaces to middleware to facilitate application integration, interoperability, and modernization. Hear from Roland Koo, Product manager for Rational compilers and Matt Whitbourne, Business Manager for CICS, why it is important to stay current on COBOL, PL/I and C/C++ compiler technologies when upgrading to CICS V4. Learn about compiler features that can help your developers become more productive when CICS applications. Listen to the... [More]
Businesses today are struggling to do more with less resources and
budget. One often overlooked area is the role IBM compilers on System z
can play in improving application performance and scalability, and
therefore helping you to get more out of your IT investments. By
moving to the latest compilers, the programmer’s job is much easier. The
compiler's job is to make life easy for programmers, so they can focus
on getting the business logic right. But how do compilers deliver on this value proposition? Let's think about how they... [More]
Today we have announce competitive trade-up features for our IBM COBOL for AIX and IBM PL/I for AIX products. Clients moving from an eligible competitive product can now license IBM COBOL for AIX or IBM PL/I for AIX at an attractive price. For example, you can trade up from another vendors' COBOL compiler
to IBM COBOL for AIX or another vendors' PL/I compiler to IBM PL/I for AIX. For all of the details please refer to the full announcement letter .
Join our experts, Ray Jones, Vice President, IBM System z ® Software, and Kevin Stoodley, IBM Fellow and CTO for Enterprise Modernization Tools, Compilers and Security, to learn how IBM’s latest compilers, middleware and tools can help you stay on the technology curve. In this complimentary webcast, Ray and Kevin will discuss best practices and approaches to plan and execute a successful compiler migration, alongside CICS ® , IMS ™ and DB2 ® upgrades. They will also go over IBM’s strategy for compilers and tools on System z to help you better... [More]