IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility features

ISPF Dialog Manager to develop end user dialogs

ISPF Dialog Manager provides services to dialogs and users, including display, variable services, input and output and more. It controls the interaction of dialog elements and can issue requests. You can verify, process and store input and output—and use ISPF as a simplified data management system. It offers an edit recovery service and enables you to edit or browse data that is neither a sequential nor a partitioned data set (PDS).

Program Development Facility (PDF) panel-driven interface

With PDF, you can bypass browse mode on view entry and edit entry panels. PDF features Edit Recovery Handling (EDREC) to recover work and Browse Interface (BRIF) and the Edit Interface (EDIF) to allow dialogs to provide their own I/O. It enables functions such as edit/browse of data other than PDS or sequential files, edit/browse of in-storage data, and pre- and post-processing of edited or browsed data. Library access services interact with browse and edit services to access libraries and data.

Support for z/OS UNIX directories and files

In addition to support for IBM z/OS® data sets, ISPF provides a powerful z/OS UNIX Directory List Utility that supports processing of directories and files in a z/OS UNIX directory structure. With the release of z/OS V2R2, this includes the capability to view mounted file systems in an expandable/collapsible format.

Interactive ISPF Gateway

ISPF provides a thin gateway service that enables applications to start a TSO address space, send a TSO or ISPF command as input, and receive a response as output. Callers of this service will typically be applications that are serving remote clients that want to issue TSO or ISPF commands. New in z/OS V2R2 is the Interactive ISPF Gateway that provides an improved ISPF gateway service that can be used to run programs that are interactive, issuing TSO/ISPF conversational mode commands.

Message enhancements for PDSE v2 member generations

ISPF has provided very basic support for PDSE V2 member generations since DFSMS provided the capability in z/OS V2R1. In V2R5, the ISPF support is enhanced to provide improved messages when you need to edit, browse, or view members that are enabled for PDSE v2 member generations. With improved messages, you can clearly tell which generation you are editing, how many generations there are, and the results of saving an edited generation.

Support for SUBSYS parameter on the ISPF SUBMIT command

New in z/OS V2R5, ISPF provides support for a SUBSYS parameter on the ISPF SUBMIT command. With this optional SUBSYS parameter, you can submit jobs to an alternate JES other than the primary subsystem. It is useful for directing jobs to the JES2 emergency subsystem.