Introducing QMF Enhanced Editor

The QMF Enhanced Editor adds a number of tailored facilities to the standard ISPF edit environment to aid with query and procedure development.

  • QMF objects can be edited and saved with the help of the standard ISPF editor commands. Named objects are saved back to QMF temporary storage and the database. Unnamed objects are saved back only to QMF temporary storage.
  • QMF objects can be saved during the edit session by using the standard ISPF SAVE command, or saved to another name using the SAVEAS command.
  • The standard ISPF Edit commands COPY, MOVE, CREATE, and REPLACE can be used to read and write QMF objects directly to and from the database.
  • QMF pattern matching can be used to generate a list of selectable objects when using the COPY, MOVE, and REPLACE commands.
  • QMF object syntax coloring detects the language type and can individually color many syntactical elements. These settings can be customized and saved in your ISPF profile by using the COLORS command.
  • QMF objects can be run with or without a command prompt by using the RUN command. For QMF queries, the final report object is displayed in QMF.
  • For QMF queries, the PREVIEW command allows generating and scrolling the first 100 rows of any result table on the edit panel itself.
  • Attributes that are associated with the edited object, such as comments and share option, can be viewed and updated within the editor by using the DESCRIBE command. Object attributes are automatically saved back to the database with the object data.
  • QMF queries can also use the Assist feature, which is automatically activated when a table or column name is selected on the edit panel.
  • QMF queries can be syntax-checked without the calling Db2® by using the SYNTAX command.

The QMF Enhanced Editor requires that QMF be started using ISPF services. For Enhanced Editor configuration instructions, see the "Configuring QMF Enhanced Editor" topic in the Installing and Managing Db2 QMF for TSO and CICS guide.