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scott197
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Pinned topic Creating CICS Web Services - using CICS Web Services Assistant vs. RDz

‏2010-05-27T18:23:59Z |

Hi. Here at our bank we have just begun to get interested in implementing CICS Web Services. We're currently running CICS TS 3.2. It seems the Web Services Assistant is part of CICS from 3.2 on. We're trying to understand how to use it, as well as how to invoke DFHWS2LS from a Windows environment to create the Web Services.

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I know it is also possible to create Web Services in RDz. My question - +Is there an advantage of using RDz over Web Services Assistant? +Thanks very much.
Updated on 2012-10-18T16:31:59Z at 2012-10-18T16:31:59Z by mazogi
  • mazogi
    mazogi
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    Re: Creating CICS Web Services - using CICS Web Services Assistant vs. RDz

    ‏2010-05-27T19:18:21Z  

    Hi Scott,
    RDz incorporates CICS Web Services Assistant generators (DFHWS2LS and DFHLS2WS).
    In the case of DFH*WS2LS* and RDz capabilities the obvious superficial difference is the operational environment: DFHWS2LS is a zOS batch tool and you use it in the zOS environment and RDz is an IDE that runs on Windows workstations.
    Beyond that, RDz has integrated capabilities that add WSDL validation, ability to generate program templates for the "top-down" web services (this is especially useful if you are not too familiar with Channel and Container programming), Graphical WSBind editor, direct deployment capabilities and an overall project structure around Web service application development, including Web service client generation, test, and debug.
    There are other more profound differences in DFH*LS2WS* which in short allow you to generate a different "compiled" XML conversion implementation (as compared to native LS2WS "interpretive" implementation). The "compiled" implementation is based on generating COBOL code to convert between COBOL data and XML. This technology adds support for Occurs-Depending-On (ODOs) and REDEFINEs (which are not supported in DFHLS2WS).
    Gary
  • mhwalker
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    Re: Creating CICS Web Services - using CICS Web Services Assistant vs. RDz

    ‏2012-10-17T14:27:23Z  
    • mazogi
    • ‏2010-05-27T19:18:21Z

    Hi Scott,
    RDz incorporates CICS Web Services Assistant generators (DFHWS2LS and DFHLS2WS).
    In the case of DFH*WS2LS* and RDz capabilities the obvious superficial difference is the operational environment: DFHWS2LS is a zOS batch tool and you use it in the zOS environment and RDz is an IDE that runs on Windows workstations.
    Beyond that, RDz has integrated capabilities that add WSDL validation, ability to generate program templates for the "top-down" web services (this is especially useful if you are not too familiar with Channel and Container programming), Graphical WSBind editor, direct deployment capabilities and an overall project structure around Web service application development, including Web service client generation, test, and debug.
    There are other more profound differences in DFH*LS2WS* which in short allow you to generate a different "compiled" XML conversion implementation (as compared to native LS2WS "interpretive" implementation). The "compiled" implementation is based on generating COBOL code to convert between COBOL data and XML. This technology adds support for Occurs-Depending-On (ODOs) and REDEFINEs (which are not supported in DFHLS2WS).
    Gary
    Does anyone have a location to download a plugin for IBM Message Broker 6.1 and / or CA Harvest SCm workbench that will all a WSBIND file for CICS webservices to be edited in a readable format?
    IBM references a WSBIND viewer at http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/ratdevz/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.etools.est.doc/topics/wsbindviewer.html but doesnt say how to get it. Google doesnt return a location either.
  • mazogi
    mazogi
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    Re: Creating CICS Web Services - using CICS Web Services Assistant vs. RDz

    ‏2012-10-18T16:22:09Z  
    • mhwalker
    • ‏2012-10-17T14:27:23Z
    Does anyone have a location to download a plugin for IBM Message Broker 6.1 and / or CA Harvest SCm workbench that will all a WSBIND file for CICS webservices to be edited in a readable format?
    IBM references a WSBIND viewer at http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/ratdevz/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.etools.est.doc/topics/wsbindviewer.html but doesnt say how to get it. Google doesnt return a location either.
    The WSBind viewer and editor plugins are part of Rational Developer for zEnterprise. It is not a free product but you can download a 60 day trial.

    Thanks,

    Gary
  • mazogi
    mazogi
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    Re: Creating CICS Web Services - using CICS Web Services Assistant vs. RDz

    ‏2012-10-18T16:31:59Z  
    • mazogi
    • ‏2012-10-18T16:22:09Z
    The WSBind viewer and editor plugins are part of Rational Developer for zEnterprise. It is not a free product but you can download a 60 day trial.

    Thanks,

    Gary
    correction - it's a 90 day trial, not 60.

    Thanks,

    Gary