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.

Just a bit about myself … I have been a systems programmer working primarily with CICS and associated products since the mid-80’s. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) with a BS in Computer Science. I currently make my home in southwest Missouri – which is a great place to live if you can tolerate the occasional tornado warning and ice storm.

If you would like to contact me directly, feel free to do so by emailing me – steve at thecicsguy dot com.

4 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: Welcome new blogger « The Master Terminal

  2. Great to see another CICS person blogging. I can’t ever remember to post anything.

  3. Hi Steve,

    I’m having a doubt about the CICS bounce. Is there any parameter deciding when the CICS region get bounce(weekly / Daily). And why we do require a bounce atleast a week or month. What is the advantage of the bounce. Could you please advice on this.

    Thanks in Advance!!!

    Nethaji R

    • Hi, Nethaji.

      There are a variety of reasons to bounce CICS. Perhaps it is just to refresh memory, to clean up any possible memory leaks. Maybe it’s to do an occasional cold start to ensure all resource definitions are up to date. Or maybe to archive the contents of the CICS sysout. The need for and frequency are totally up to you; there is nothing inherent in CICS that says it ever has to be bounced (but weekly, or at least monthly, does seem to be a good idea for the reasons mentioned).


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