CICS Explorer 1.0.1 - now with data sets, Jobs, and Unix File System
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TheCICS Explorer is two years old – at
The perspective has three new views on it – Data Sets, z/OS UNIX File System, and Jobs. Each of these do pretty much what you’d expect them to do from their name.
Data Sets lets you view data sets – you can filter by high level qualifier (e.g. SYS1.P or MYUSERID with trailing wildcards ) – see the attributes of a data set – recall migrated data sets – create partitioned data set members – and edit contents of partitioned data set members and sequential data sets. From the editor you can submit the contents as a job, so if you’re editing JCL for example and you want to test it – right mouse click – submit Job, and you’ve just submitted a job without ever having to go near a green screen. The editor supports all basic stuff you’d expect from an Eclipse editor – copy – paste – undo, and so forth.
Having submitted your job, which you can also do from a pop-up directly over the partitioned data set member or sequential data set without having to open it, you might now want to see how it’s getting on, and what output it created.
All is well here – the perspective contains a view called Jobs. This lets you filter by name and user ID (with trailing wildcards), and see the attributes of a job – whether it finished with errors, whether it abended, whether it’s still active, etc… If you want to see the spool you double click the job and the output gets shown. Expanding a job will show you the steps and you can also open the output for an individual step if you don’t want to download the whole spool, for example to just see the JESMGSLG or the JESJCL.
The third view is called z/OS Unix Files. We wanted to call it HFS but someone once explained why we couldn’t, so then we called it USS Files, but we decided either
There’s more that the views and editors do, such as delete of files and jobs, recall of migrated data sets, and there’s stuff they don’t do that we’re thinking of adding in a possible future release (usuall small print – nothing promised – no dates – don’t make decisions based on this, etc…) so please download it, tell us what you think, tell us if you like it, tell us if you hate it (and don’t just be rude – tell us what bits might make you like it).
Oh, and we support sFTP so we connect over an SSL connection so the data on the wire (the user ID and password and also all data flowing back and forth) is encrypted and we support active and passive modes so hopefully all combinations of firewall idiosyncrasies are covered – let us know if not.