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Into the sunset..

October 24, 2012 2 comments

I’m afraid this blog has reached it’s natural end and I’m going to sunset it in a few months time. However, this is not the end, we are just moving location.

There is a growing collection of informative new CICS blogs, including my own, now on developerWorks.

CICS, CICSplex and the CICS cloud Blog
– I’ll be blogging here from now on. Mostly about the CICS cloud and CICSPlex SM. I’ve just started so stay tuned! 🙂

CICSdev community and blog
– “The CICSdev Community is the place to discuss, share and learn about developing for CICS.”

WebSphere and CICS Support Blog
– “Technical experts from IBM share support knowledge for WebSphere and CICS products!”

CICSdev Forum
– For all your questions about CICS, head to the CICSdev forum and ask away.

Thanks for following us!

Update: Fixed the CICSdev blog link.

Categories: blog, CICS

Joe Winchester’s blog – where the CICS Explorer action is

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Just a plug for Joe’s blog over on Developerworks – lots of good info on CICS Explorer and other Eclipse stuff.

For example, there’s Rational Developer for System z – enabling a full CICS Explorer experience and IMS and CICS – Exploring z/OS together.


Categories: blog, CICS Explorer, links

Some light reading: CICS DA, SIT parameters, blogging and z/Journal links

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

A very random collection of CICS links today.

A new tool has just been added to the CICS portfolio. The all shiny and new CICS Deployment Assistant. Congratulations to Grant and everyone else involved on releasing a great new tool!

CICS Deployment Assistant can discover, model, visualize, and deploy new and existing CICS regions, using automation and policy-driven advice built on your own and IBM’s knowledge and experience, giving you access to the latest IBM CICS technology faster and easier than ever before.

Two interesting new APAR (CICS APAR PM15583 and CICSPlex SM APAR PM15214) have also been released for CICS TS V4.1. When applied together, they provide access to the cold-start CICS SIT parameters via the CICSPlex SM API and the CICS Management Client Interface (CMCI). They will allow you to find out not only what value each regions SIT parameters were set to but also where they were set. Very handy for problem determination or just keeping track of your environment.

If you read z/Journal you may have spotted CICSPlex SM developer Dave Williams 3 excellent articles:

You might notice there are some new sharing options on the blog now as well. At the bottom of every post you should now be able to simply click a button to share the post to twitter or Facebook.

Finally, a new blog focussing on WebSphere and CICS support has also just been created over on developerWorks. I’ve also added the blog to our bookmarks below.

Categories: APAR, blog, CICS, CICS Tools, zJournal

A different style

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Just incase you had a niggling feeling something was different but couldn’t quite put your finger on it.. we have applied a new theme to the blog. The main improvement is that everything seems to be a little bit clearer and easier to read and the sections down the side of the blog are better laid out.

Grant is a little sad about losing our nice blue colour but I think he is going to be OK! 😉

Enjoy the new theme and as always if you have any feedback just let us know in the comments section below.

Categories: blog, theme

Welcome new blogger

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

If you haven’t found his blog already, Steve Baugh has started up an excellent new CICS blog called “The CICS Guy”. In Steve’s own words from his About page ..

Welcome to my blog! I plan to post articles to share my mainframe systems programming knowledge and experience, and perhaps to ask for help now and again. The primary focus will be CICS, as that is where I spend most of my time, but I will likely have some info to share on some other items, such as ISPF, REXX, JCL, and SCLM.

Steve’s only been posting since September but already his blog is packed full of well-written informative posts with plenty of top tips.  What I love the most about this blog is that Steve totally understands the value of sharing information and blogging. This time a snippet from Steve’s first post

I am finding that it is an exciting time to be working in the mainframe environment. Since you are reading this, it is a good bet that you are a mainframer yourself. We are lucky, you and I. Let’s spend some time sharing our insight regarding what makes the mainframe environment the place to be!

This is definitely one to bookmark. You can read Steve’s blog here:

Categories: blog, CICS TS

Some more Impact 2008 blogging from the front line

April 18, 2008 2 comments

Industry analyst James Governor, has been blogging about Impact 2008 and he gives this blog a mention, so I thought we should return the favour. Another CICS blogger to add to the list. Thanks James.


Categories: blog, CICS TS, IBM, Impact 2008

Re: COBOL is like oil?

April 14, 2008 2 comments

Corneel Booysen has raised some interesting thoughts on his blog about COBOL and whether or not it is killing CICS. Being classed in the “you young ones” category I hope I can perhaps offer a slightly different perspective, so I’ll take a stab at replying.

As a young developer, I have to say I’m pretty language neutral. I don’t really care what language I’m programming in and I’m smart enough to know that no language is perfect. What I love is innovating and creating smart solutions. How I get there is largely immaterial. Generally I will just try and choose the right tool for the job. With CICS I have quite a few choices and all of them have their own uses.

Any young developer worth their salt will pick up enough to get started with COBOL within a day to a week. Certainly reading the code isn’t going to cause too many problems, assuming your code is of reasonable quality of course.

Corneel mentions “the guy in the cubicle next to you created a new web application comprising of several class libraries using his favorite scripting language, deployed it then created a blog entry and proceeded to read up on the latest technology trends before lunch – while you were compiling for the seventh time…”. Well last time I looked you could use things like URIMAPS and DOCTEMPLATES to build a fairly sweet model-view-controller style web application. You don’t even need to download any libraries! Sure you might have to compile your application a few times but I promise you with some of the great new tooling available like RDz v7.1 the code-compile cycle is almost eliminated.

I actually believe the problem isn’t related to any particular skill shortage but a more general lack of bright young graduates that are interested in working with some of the most exciting hardware around; the mainframe. So how can we fix this? Well IBM is already putting a lot of effort into the Academic Initiative as well as developing and hosting the Mainframe Challenge. There also has to be a push from CICS customers all over the world to start marketing jobs aimed a new graduates that include basic training on the mainframe. Approaching universities and asking them if they could provide courses on COBOL and mainframes in general would also help.

I am constantly reading about skills shortages around CICS and the mainframe and yet rarely I see the community standing up and shouting about how they NEED young developers. The reason that CICS feels old is simply because the community has let itself feel old. I have another blog post coming entitled “Where are all the CICS rockstars?” but that is a question for another day. For the moment though think about this. You are not too old, you are experienced. The younger generation are not about to take your jobs any time soon so relax and enjoy having us around. We can’t match your experience and all we have in our pockets are youth and enthusiasm. You don’t have to be young to be enthusiastic and you don’t have to be young to be innovative. We are down here looking up at you waiting for you to pass on your knowledge but if all we get back is resentment then we are not going to hang around for long. One of my colleagues in our excellent service team once said to me after I had thanked him for passing on some of his knowledge to me, “Helping you, helps keep me in a job.” He understood that as long as there was energy, skills and knowledge around the product there would always be a place for him. Smart guy!

So help us to build the community. Get blogging, get networking and tell the IBM CICS team what we can do to help you. Remember that us “young ones” have feelings and all we need is a little encouragement to help us and you shine. The future of CICS is in YOUR hands so stand up and be counted as the leading innovators and experts that you are.

Categories: blog, CICS TS, skills
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