Over the past five years the CICS Transaction Gateway team have released a number of SupportPacs to support the development of applications calling CICS using CICS TG APIs. This post provides a summary of these SupportPacs, including detail on the evolution of the API for .NET Framework-based applications.
Click the links to the specific SupportPacs to find further detail and API documentation.
CA5F: IBM CICS TG 'gateway' intercept plug-in support
When we talk to customers about z/OS Explorer and CICS Explorer we get a lot of positive vibes. There's talk of how it can help their teams, how it can simplify some of their tasks, and sometimes how they want to extend it with plug-ins they already use.
When we get onto discussing how it can be deployed to their teams, the concepts sound good in theory but we've seen that people of get confused, in practice. This is compounded because of the large number of ways it can be installed (to cater for the difference needs of different... [More]
Some of you will have seen me present this picture as part of how I explain our objectives for the new Application and Platform capabilities being created in Version 5 of CICS TS. These two concepts are major foundations for our move to enable to faster and simpler deployments - as valuable outcomes in the strategic Cloud initiative.
I typically start by explaining that this is definitely a vision of the future - we're at the start of a journey to a time when this sort of scenario may be business-as-usual, but it we don't start... [More]
Hidden in the release notes for the latest CICS Explorer V5.1.1 you will see an enhancement that provides the “Ability to edit a CICS Platform project, CICS Application project, or CICS Application Binding project”. The required server-side APAR PM81540 is now available.
These new editors are a significant improvement to the user experience of working with CICS Applications, CICS Bindings and CICS Platforms so if you are interesting in the cloud enablement capability in CICS TS V5.1 please try out... [More]
CICS PA Plugin (Targeted thinking)
In the latest version of the CICS PA plug-in we have attempted to bring a new approach to CICS performance monitoring and assessment. Traditionally users of CICS Performance Analyzer are performance system experts who have honed their skills over many years and have evolved a wealth of knowledge of keeping their CICS systems well balanced and ways of spotting problems before they have a detrimental affect to overall system performance.
We are currently distilling this knowledge and experience into... [More]
Mother's Day weekend is always a great opportunity to honor Mom and perform a host of chores around her house. This particular weekend, Mom required her house to be painted and as a good son should, I responded ,"Let's Git-R-Done " ...as Larry the Cable Guy would say. To begin, I saw Mom break-out the paint and a couple of paint brushes. Immediately, it dawned on me how Mom would pull out paint brushes when I was a small lad to teach and discipline me to pay attention to details. Well, not this time, I went to the local... [More]
In the fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to return to the United Kingdom after 36 years. My initial visits were very quick, since the United States Navy would only allow you on shore for a short period. Nevertheless, my thoughts of the UK were still centered around the days of King Arthur ...leading up to the James Bond 007 era. Then there was my remembrance of William Shakespeare, the greatest poet and playwright ever and William Wilberforce, an English politician and philanthropist that led the movement to abolish the slave trade and most... [More]
31 st December 2015 is a sad day. On the first day of 2016 CICS version 3 will go out of service. For more information see here:
CICS version 3 will always be a special release for me as it was the first CICS release I ever worked on. I was a member of the functional test team for the web services functionality. I spent many a day (and a few nights) building and executing test cases to try and find... [More]
We can now formally announce that CICS TS V3 will reach End of Service in December 2015 .
For more information - http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=an&subtype=ca&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS913-075
Today we have announced CICS Transaction Server Value Unit Edition (VUE) V5.1.
This offers you an alternative costing option for running your new Java workloads and service enablement.
For more detailed information visit the webpage - http://www-01.ibm.com/software/htp/cics/VUE5.1/ or the announcement letter - http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=an&subtype=ca&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS213-168
We have just released a new and exciting Statement of Direction on support for mobile applications and pricing options. Make sure you read all about it here - http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21625509 What do you think to this latest progression of CICS Transaction Server?
IBM have released their latest Redbook...
Problem Determination Tools for z/OS
The publication is intended for z/OS application developers and system programmers. If you are interested in reading this Redbook please use the following URL.
TS for z/OS Developer Trial V5.1 RELEASED today! It is a
try-before-you-buy version of CICS TS V5.1, and offers a full set of
features but with restricted performance and limited operational
lifespan. For more information please click the below link... http://www-01.ibm.com/software/htp/cics/cicsdt/index.html
CICS TS V5.1 delivers over 100 customer requirements. Here is the full list...
25974 CICS Automated time adjustment
25973 Enhancement to CICS to handle time change
25386 Timeout for long-time run transaction in CICS
25385 CICS container processing, relating to CICS Web Services
25384 Web Services validation in a JVMServer
25288 CEMT Logging
25287 SIT AUTORESETTIME parameter to... [More]
The University of Florida have provided us with an up to date case study of how they have utilized CICS V4.2. Their business need was to provide students with
information that would help them get around the 2,000-acre campus and
meet their academic responsibilities. To see the solution to this need use the below link to take you to the full case study. http://www-01.ibm.com/software/success/cssdb.nsf/cs/CPAR-8Z8N47?OpenDocument&Site=corp&ref=crdb