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Developing ISPF Applications

  • 1.  Developing ISPF Applications

    Posted Thu July 02, 2020 10:04 AM
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    The ISPF IDE for z/OS has been around for a few years (decades) and it is where systems programmers go to manage their environment. It is also the place many mainframe developers spend their day (and some nights and weekends) and then there are also end users using ISPF based applications.

    Would you like to develop for this IDE?  It's simple and I've released a document with work examples called the ISPF Developer Tips and Tricks package. The package is attached for you as a zip file.

    Included in the zip file are:
    1. Documentation in PDF, ePub, Mobi, and AZW4 formats
    2. A partitioned dataset in TSO Transmit format

    To use after unzip'ing:

    1. Upload the devtips.xmit file to your z/OS system using a binary transfer method into a sequential dataset with RECFM=FB and LRECL=80
    2. After the upload logon to TSO and issue the command:  RECEIVE INDS(devtips.xmit)
      1. Press enter to accept the default dataset name or provide one
    3. Using ISPF 3.4 find the new PDS created by the RECEIVE command and open it with Browse, Edit, or View:
    4. Enter EX next to the $DEVISPF member to get into the sample driver application:
    5. Then experiment. 
    6. Open one of the forms of the document and start having fun.

    Lionel Dyck