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Learn About How to Develop CICS Web Service Applications

IBM has a free webcast coming up next week that would appear to have some great information for those that have not delved into the world of web services yet. Paul Cooper’s presentation will include an overview of CICS web services, an introduction to using RD/z (IBM’s Rational Developer for System/z), and some best practices.

The webcast starts at 11 am EDT on September 22. This is just part one of a two part series … While Part One covers developing CICS web service applications, Part Two will be exactly one week later, in which Nigel Williams will share details regarding deploying CICS web services.

CICS Web Services Development – 11 am EDT, September 22, 2009

CICS Web Services Deployment – 11 am EDT, September 29, 2009

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CICS Events Teleconference Available for Download

In case you missed the June 10 teleconference on CICS Events in CICS/TS 4.1 presented by IBM, it is now available for downloading. If you have any interest at all in CICS/TS 4.1, or just keeping up with what is just around the corner with CICS, I would recommend checking it out. Learn about yet another way to open up legacy applications to new systems with minimal effort. Educational dollars are hard to come by in this economy, so take advantage of IBM’s free education!

CICS Event Processing

IBM had an excellent teleconference earlier this week on CICS event processing. The presentor was Mark Crocker, Senior Software Engineer in CICS Development at Hursley. Coming in CICS/TS 4.1 will be new API and facilities to define events that can pass data to such recipients as Websphere Business Monitor, another CICS application, or to an applicati0n on another platform via MQ – without necessarily writing any code. The PDF from the presentation is available, and does a good job of covering everything from what an event is to how they are defined in CICS/TS 4.1. The folks behind CICS have done a fantastic job of providing facilities to open up the millions and millions of lines of code existing in CICS, making them available to other applications without re-writing and losing that investment.

Upgrade Info

Will you be upgrading CICS soon? Or will your shop be upgrading z/OS and/or DB2 in the near future? Of course one of these will be happening soon – it is changes like these that keep us gainfully employed. The only bad part about these upgrades are the problems that often come with them. Here’s something to help resolve these issues more quickly and enhance your status as a systems hero … IBM has a nifty page available that shows what issues that you may run into when upgrading to various levels of CICS, as well as issues that you may run into in CICS if z/OS or DB2 is upgraded. This is one to bookmark!

CICS/TS 4.1 Announcement Letter

Compete, comply, and control. Those are the themes behind the new release of CICS, which IBM plans to have available starting June 26, 2009. Until then, there is an open beta that can be downloaded and installed; it can be used until July 31, 2009.

Some of the new features that I saw that I thought were big include:

  • CICS Explorer
  • Application bundles (grouping logically related resource definitions)
  • Support for Java 6
  • Use of z/OS Systems Service XML parser (meaning that parsing could be offloaded to a zAAP)

Read the official IBM CICS/TS 4.1 announcement letter for full details.

Three Big Questions for Dave Andrews

Today, I am pleased to be able to post a mini-interview with Dave Andrews, IBM Development Director for CICS. There is a lot going on at the CICS ranch in Hursley these days, getting ready for Impact, which will be starting soon, and with a new release in beta and being made available this summer. I truly appreciate Dave taking some time out to answer a few questions. It is easy to tell that Dave is genuinely upbeat about his position and is excited about the direction that CICS is taking. So, here they are … Three Big Questions for Dave Andrews!

Question #1: For those that may not be familiar with you and your work, can you please fill us in on your current position, how long you’ve been there, and any background information you’d like to share?

My name is Dave Andrews and I have had the pleasure of being the IBM Development Director for the CICS family of products for the past two and a half years. I joined IBM about 20 years ago and started my career as a Hursley software developer working on CICS restructure in V3.1 – one of the finest CICS releases ever! After about 10 years in CICS, I moved to MQ where I took on my first IBM management role. So now I am back to the product where I started my career and I am enjoying every minute of it!

Question #2: It is very interesting that one can learn more about CICS these days via YouTube, Facebook, podcasts, “The Master Terminal” blog, and Twitter, as well as the more traditional information outlets. What kind of feedback have you received regarding these new forms of communication?

I’ve received more feedback from within IBM than directly from customers – some people are surprised with the innovative approach we are adopting with some of the new information channels. Most people think that they are fun and interesting ways to get our messages across. Overall we are trying to improve the image of CICS and of the mainframe and to show that it is modern and will move forward with the times. Now that we have announced CICS V4.1 I hope you will see that we have modern communication channels and a modern and exciting technologies (ATOM, REST, PHP, Event, SCA etc). Of course we need to balance things carefully – not everything modern is best – we need to continue to support traditional communications and traditional values inside CICS. I hope we have the right mix and that you too can have fun engaging with us!

And Question #3: What do you do for fun when you are not working on CICS?

I have a wonderful family who support me to the highest degree and they come first when I am not at work. However I do find time for a couple of hobbies in my spare time. I play field hockey for Romsey which takes up quite a lot of my Saturdays during the winter. I also build and make water rockets and compete in the UK national rocket championship. I also try and support the UK community: I am the chairman of one of the Exeter University External Advisory Groups, I sit on the Software Group committee for Intellectuk.org and I am the treasurer for my local Scout Group.

Dave Andrews on Why CICS Community Should Attend Impact

View the YouTube video on which Dave Andrews, IBM’s Director of CICS products, encourages the CICS community to attend IBM’s Impact conference in Las Vegas May 3-8. Dave offers to meet with customers one-on-one to hear your plans and needs, and to help on a one-to-one basis – an extraordinary opportunity for those that can attend.

IBM’s CICS group gets it, taking advantage of YouTube, Facebook, and blogs to interact with customers, and webcasts to provide free education. Stay tuned for my upcoming interview with Dave Andrews, in which I asked him about those things.