CNS NEWS: Free "IBM CICS On
Demand" Seminar, Friday,
September 5, 2008
CNS Document ID: N0469
Last Updated: 07/29/2008
Free "IBM CICS On Demand" Seminar,
Friday, September 5, 2008
We hope you can make plans now to join us for another "IBM CICS On Demand" seminar to
be held on Friday, September 5, 2008, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the CNS Library, 101C
Bryant Space Science Center (across the street from the HUB).
These IBM "On Demand" seminars are a service provided by IBM to deliver technical
information to IT professionals.
Tentative agenda items include:
• CICS TS 3.2 Technical Overview [PDF Available
CICS Transaction Server V3.2 delivers a wide range of new capabilities, which are
grouped in three areas:
• CICS application connectivity. New Web Services capabilities include support for
security specifications and large message size optimization. Communication is
introduced between CICS regions over TCP/IP for Distributed Program Link. There are
enhancements for HTTP and TCP/IP workloads.
• CICS application reuse. Enhancements to channels and containers include 64-bit
exploitation. Integrated translator support is provided for C/C++.
• CICS service management. Improvements include easier management of program
libraries; support for enterprise-wide workload management; enhancements to
CICSPlex System Manager and its Web user interface; and threadsafe enhancements
for file control and WebSphere MQ. Larger capacities are introduced for shared data
tables and VSAM entry sequenced data sets; there are improvements to monitoring and
• CICS Threadsafe Considerations [PDF Available [CICS_Threadsafe_considerations.pdf]]
CICS Transaction Server Version 1.3 first introduced the first phase of an Open
Transaction Environment (OTE). The long-term aim of OTE is to make the CICS
application execution environment truly open, allowing applications to be defined to
execute under their own TCBs within CICS, and allowing CICS to better exploit multiple
processors. In CICS TS Version 2.2, the Java[tm] Virtual Machine and the CICS-DB2
Attachment Facility exploited OTE. In CICS TS Versions 3.1 and 3.2, OTE capabilities
have been further extended.
This session gives an overview of OTE, details the latest components to jump on the OTE
bandwagon, and what applications have to do to play in this game.
• CICS Web Services: Application Development [PDF Available
CICS TS V3 provides tooling and runtime changes to implement Web services in CICS.
Additional tooling is provided by IBM Rational Developer for System z (RDz). These tools
assist you in preparing existing application programs to become Web services. The tools
also allow you to start with WSDL and develop a new program in CICS which provides the
Web service implementation. This presentation explains how CICS supports Web services
and how the application programmer will use the provided tools to implement a Web
service interface for their applications.
• CICS Web Support: Web Browser Application Interfaces [PDF Available
Did you ever wish you could interact with your CICS applications from a Web browser
like Internet Explorer or Firefox? CICS supports Web browser interfaces to applications
with an easy to use API, plus CICS can deliver and secure the associated graphics and
other files needed to display Web pages. This presentation will discuss the terminology you
need when working with a Web browser, the flow of data to and from a Web browser, and
how to interact with a Web browser from CICS. The session will describe both CICS API
and CICS resource definitions. State management, security, and other related issues will
also be discussed.
• Beyond the 32K COMMAREA - CICS Channels and Containers [PDF Available
Extending the COMMAREA limit of 32K has been a customer requirement for many
years. Although customers have designed workarounds, the increasing use of large
amounts of data, especially XML messages, the 32K limit has become a major inhibitor to
application development and reuse of CICS applications. This session shows the new
channel container mechanism available in CICS Transaction Server Version 3.1 and 3.2,
which allows large amounts of data to be transferred between programs and transactions in
the same way as COMMAREAs. In addition, the use of containers provides a way to
improve the structure of the data and hence simplify the design of applications. In CICS
Transaction Server Version 3.2 the channels and containers have been enhanced to exploit
• CICS Futures
IBM recently announced "The New Face of CICS - CICS TS Explorer". This session with
provide an overview of CICS TS Explorer, an Eclipse based tool, and will include a live
Our guest speakers will be:
• John Tilling, Senior Software Engineer, CICS Technical Planning and Strategy, IBM
Hursley Park CICS Development
• Paul Johnson also from IBM Hursley Park, CICS Systems Management Strategy, Planning
• Dennis Weiand from IBM Advanced Technical Support, Dallas Systems Center
Tentative plans are to break for lunch around noon, then resume the seminar around 1:30pm.
We currently have space for about 25 attendees. Please RSVP if you plan on attending so that
we can try to make alternate plans if interest exceeds our current space.
Send an e-mail or telephone Steve Ware, Systems Coordinator, CNS (email@example.com;
352-392-2061) if you wish to attend.
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