Special Purpose Files
Manage with Micro Focus Environment
  Table of Contents  v-16.01.01 - x10hub01.htm 
  Introduction
  Manage Special Purpose Files
  Diagram and Technical Details
  Step 1, Start a JES Server on Windows
  Step 2, Create or Update the X10 List
  Step 3, Add X10 List File to Catalog
  Step 4, Create X10 Catalog Entries
  Step 5, Review and Validate Results
  Summary
  Software Agreement and Disclaimer
  Downloads and Links
  Current Server or Internet Access
  Internet Access Required
  Glossary of Terms
  Comments or Feedback
  Company Overview
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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Introduction

Creating the catalog for a new Enterprise Server, Mainframe Sub-System environment is a critical task that needs to be implemented at the beginning of a project that requires the moving or migration of non-relational data files (this includes VSAM Data Sets). This quickly becomes a much larger task to replicate and adapt across various groups such as System Testing, Production and individual programmers doing development, unit testing and support. The process for creating and populating a catalog should be setup as a repeatable process from the beginning.

This document has been created as a reference for individuals that have a very good understanding of the Windows Operating System and have attended the basic training classes for Micro Focus Enterprise Server.


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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Manage Special Purpose Files

The purpose of this document is to focus on the task of populating a catalog with the entries for the Special Purpose files. The term "populate a catalog" is used to reference the process of creating a catalog entry in the Micro Focus Mainframe Sub-System environment.

Creating a catalog entry for the Special Purpose files can be as simple as submitting a job to a Micro Focus Server that is configured to support a Mainframe Sub-System and batch processing (or JES Server). Most of the effort is usually spent identifying the Special Purpose files (and their properties) required by the application being migrated.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Diagram and Technical Details

The following provides an overview of the logic flow for the Management process for the Special Purpose files.

             
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Start a Micro Focus JES Server
 
CATMAPA1
rseq
 
 
SYS1START
cmd
 
 
SIMOBATA
JES Server
Start the SIMOBATA Server
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Using Microsoft Excel
 
Excel
Microsoft
   
   
LONAPX10
xlss
Repository of Information or Properties for Special Purpose files
   
   
   
LONAPX10
csv
A Comma-Separated-Values (CSV) copy of the Repository
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Convert X10 List and Submit a Job
 
CATX10E1
cmd
Create an X10 list file in Fixed-Field format
   
LONAPX10
csv
 
 
LONAPTIO
cbl
 
 
X10LIST1
rseq
Read CSV file, write to List File in Fixed-Field-Format
   
CATX10J1
jcl
 
 
X10LIST1
catalog entry
Create an entry in the JES Server CATALOG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Define/Integrate the Special Purpose files into the JES Server Catalog
 
CATX10E2
cmd
Submit Job to Create the Catalog entries for the X10's defined in the List File
   
CATX10J2
jcl
This JCL will Generate and Submit JCL via INTRDR
Create a Catalog entry for the X10's defined in the List File
   
   
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
X10LIST1
rseq
 
 
MFCATPOP
cbl
 
 
X10TRACE
rseq
Program to Read List, Create a Trace File and Submit JCL to INTRDR
   
   
   
End of File
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
No
Yes
   
INTRDR
MAKEESDS.JCL
 
 
List Name
catalog entry
   
Create a Catalog entry for a Special Purpose file.
Refer to Note-1
   
   
Loop Back
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
   
   
End of Step
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Review and Validate Results
 
SPOOL
JES Server
   
   
ES Admin
browser
 
 
DISPLAY
browser
Look at the SPOOL Output
   
CATALOG
JES Server
   
   
Verify CATALOG entries
   
X10TRACE
rseq
   
   
From ES Admin Catalog view contents of SUBTRACE
 
Note:1 The JCL member (MAKEESDS.JCL) that is submitted to the Internal Reader is a generated member.
Identify, Define and Integrate Sequential Files into the JES Server Environment

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Step 1, Start a JES Server on Windows

Before we can run (or submit) jobs it will be necessary to start a server that has been configured to run mainframe-oriented jobs (i.e. process JCL members).

The SYS1START command file calls the ENV1BASE command file to set commonly used environment variables. It then calls the SYS1BAKConsole command file to provide a backup of the previously created "console.log" file. It then starts the specified server based on the first parameter of the command line. The following is an example of the command line syntax. The first parameter is the name of the server to be started.

C:\SIMOSAM1\SYS1\LOADLIB> SYS1START ServerName

For the SimoTime JES Server use the following command.

C:\SIMOSAM1\SYS1\LOADLIB> SYS1START SIMOBATA

This link provides an example of  How to Configure a Micro Focus Server  for batch processing using JCL scripts.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Step 2, Create or Update the X10 List

The approach used in this example uses an Excel Spreadsheet to manage a list of Special Purpose files along with detailed information about each file. The preferred format for using Excel is the XLSS format. Once the list has been completed a separate copy should be saved as a CSV file. The CSV file will be used by subsequent steps in the creation of the catalog entries for the Special Purpose files.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Step 3, Add X10 List File to Catalog

The first task in this step will be to convert the ASCII/Text file with CSV records into a record sequential file with fixed field lengths and a fixed record length of 1,024 bytes. This new file can then be processed using standard, mainframe-oriented COBOL programs and JCL. The following command (CATX10E1.cmd) will do the file conversion.

@echo OFF
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *               CATX10E1.CMD - a Windows Command File               *
rem  *         This program is provided by SimoTime Technologies         *
rem  *           (C) Copyright 1987-2019 All Rights Reserved             *
rem  *             Web Site URL:   http://www.simotime.com               *
rem  *                   e-mail:   helpdesk@simotime.com                 *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *
rem  * Text   - Convert LONAPCSV to LONAPFFL for a Data Structures.
rem  * Author - SimoTime Technologies
rem  * Date   - January 24, 1996
rem  *
rem  * LONAP  - an acronym for a List Of Names And Properties.
rem  * CSV    - an acronym for Comma-Separated-Values.
rem  * FFL    - an acronym for Fixed-Field-Length.
rem  *
rem  * The job will convert an LSEQ file of variable length records
rem  * to an RSEQ file of 1,024-byte fixed length records. The text
rem  * string in the individual records will be converted from a
rem  * Comma-Separated-Values (CSV) text string to a record structure
rem  * with a Fixed-Field-Length (FFL) format.
rem  *
rem  *                    ************
rem  *                    * CATX10E1 *
rem  *                    ********cmd*
rem  *                         *
rem  *                    ************     ************
rem  *                    * CATSEQJ9 *-----* LONAPFFL *   DISP=DELETE
rem  *                    ********jcl*     *******rseq*
rem  *                         *
rem  *   ************     ************     ************
rem  *   * LONAPCSV *-----* LONAPTIO *-----* LONAPFFL *   CSV to FFL
rem  *   *******lcsv*     ********cbl*     *******rseq*
rem  *                         *
rem  *                    ************     ************
rem  *                    * CATX10J1 *-----* LONAPFFL *   DISP=CATLG
rem  *                    ********jcl*     *******rseq*
rem  *                         *
rem  *                    ************
rem  *                    *   EOJ    *
rem  *                    ************
rem  *
rem  *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  * Step 1 of 4, Preparation, Set the Environment...
rem  *
     set CmdName=CATX10E1
     call ..\..\Env1BASE %CmdName%
     if "%SYSLOG%" == "" set syslog=c:\SimoLIBR\LOGS\SimoTime.LOG
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "*******************************************************%CmdName%"
     call SimoNOTE "Starting CmdName %CmdName%"
     call SimoNOTE "StepInfo Map DD File Names to DSN File Names"
     set LONAPCSV=%BaseLib1%\DATA\XLSS\LONAPX10.CSV
     set LONAPFFL=%BASECAT%\APPL\SIMOTIME.UTIL.X10LIST1.DAT
rem  *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  * Step 2 of 4, Delete a possible file from a previous execution.
rem  * Note: This step requires the SIMOBATA Server to be started.
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "StepInfo Delete a possible file from a previous execution"
     call SYS1SCHEDULE %JESSERVERNAME% CATX10J9
     if not "%ERRORLEVEL%" == "0" set JobStatus=0010
     if not %JobStatus% == 0000 goto :EojNok
rem  *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  * Step 3 of 3, Convert the Line Sequential File of CSV record format
rem  * to a Record Sequential file with Fixed-Field record format.
rem  * Note: This step will do a File Format conversion (i.e. Line
rem  * Sequential to Record Sequential) and a record content conversion
rem  * (i.e. CSV to Fixed-Field).
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "StepInfo Execute the File Format and Record Content Conversion"
     run LONAPTIO
     if not "%ERRORLEVEL%" == "0" set JobStatus=0020
     if not %JobStatus% == 0000 goto :EojNok
     call SimoNOTE "DataTake %LONAPCSV%"
     call SimoNOTE "DataMake %LONAPFFL%"
rem  *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  * Step 3 of 3, Define a Catalog entry for SIMOTIME.UTIL.KSDLIST1
rem  * in the Catalog for the SIMOBATA JES Server.
rem  * Note: This step requires the SIMOBATA Server to be started.
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "StepInfo Define a Catalog entry for SIMOTIME.UTIL.X10LIST1"
     call SYS1SCHEDULE %JESSERVERNAME% CATX10J1
     if not "%ERRORLEVEL%" == "0" set JobStatus=0030
     if not %JobStatus% == 0000 goto :EojNok
rem  *
     if exist %LONAPFFL% goto :EojAok
     set JobStatus=0020
     goto :EojNok
:EojAok
     call SimoNOTE "Finished JobName %CmdName%, Job Status is %JobStatus%"
     goto :End
:EojNok
     call SimoNOTE "ABENDING JobName %CmdName%, Job Status is %JobStatus%"
:End
     if not "%1" == "NOPAUSE" PAUSE

Once the file conversion is complete the preceding command will submit the following job (CATX10J1.jcl) to create a catalog entry for the new file.

//CATX10J1 JOB SIMOTIME,CLASS=1,MSGCLASS=0,NOTIFY=CSIP1
//* *******************************************************************
//*       This JCL Member is provided by SimoTime Technologies        *
//*           (C) Copyright 1987-2016 All Rights Reserved             *
//*             Web Site URL:   http://www.simotime.com               *
//*                   e-mail:   helpdesk@simotime.com                 *
//* *******************************************************************
//*
//* Text   - Create a catalog entry for the X10LIST file.
//* Author - SimoTime Technologies
//* Date   - January 24, 1996
//*
//*
//* *******************************************************************
//* Step 1 of 1, Create a Catalog Entry for the PDSLIST. This is a file
//*              with records of 1,024 bytes and Fixed Field Length.
//*
//CATENTRY EXEC PGM=IEFBR14
//X10LIST1 DD  DSN=SIMOTIME.UTIL.X10LIST1,DISP=(NEW,CATLG,CATLG),
//             STORCLAS=MFI,
//             SPACE=(TRK,5),
//             DCB=(RECFM=FB,LRECL=1024,DSORG=PS)
//*

The following copy file (LONAPFFL.cpy) describes the record layout for the format of the KSDS List file that contains fixed field lengths.

      *****************************************************************
      *               LONAPFFL.CPY - a COBOL Copy File                *
      *     Record Layout for the File Properties Repository          *
      *  The record stucture is a fixed length of 1,024 characters    *
      *         Copyright (C) 1987-2019 SimoTime Technologies         *
      *                     All Rights Reserved                       *
      *              Provided by SimoTime Technologies                *
      *        Our e-mail address is: helpdesk@simotime.com           *
      *     Also, visit our Web Site at http://www.simotime.com       *
      *****************************************************************
      *  The information that is imported into this format originates
      *  from an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is saved to an
      *  ASCII/Text File with a Comma-Separated-Values (or CSV) record
      *  structure.
      *
      *  LONAP is an acronym for a List Of Names And Properties.
      *  CSV   is an acronym for Comma-Separated-Values.
      *  FFL   is an acronym for Fixed-Field-Length.
      *
      *  A conversion program is used to convert the CSV File to a
      *  Record Sequential File with the following Fixed Field format.
      *
      *  The fields are all fixed length.
      *  Numeric fields are right-adjusted with leading zeroes.
      *  Alpha-numeric fields are left adjusted with trailing spaces.
      *
      *  Positions 73-80 of the following statements are used to
      *  identify the original columns used in the Excel spreadsheet.
      *
       01  LONAPFFL-REC.                                                Excel
           05  LONAPFFL-LEVEL-CHR.
               10  LONAPFFL-LEVEL-NBR      PIC 9(2).                    col-A
           05  LONAPFFL-FILE-INFO.
               10  LONAPFFL-DSN            PIC X(54).                   col-B
               10  LONAPFFL-DD-NAME        PIC X(17).                   col-C
               10  LONAPFFL-DSORG          PIC X(4).                    col-D
               10  LONAPFFL-RECFM          PIC X(4).                    col-E
               10  LONAPFFL-LRECL-MIN      PIC 9(5).                    col-F
               10  LONAPFFL-LRECL-MAX      PIC 9(5).                    col-G
               10  LONAPFFL-KEYPOS         PIC 9(5).                    col-H
               10  LONAPFFL-KEYLEN         PIC 9(5).                    col-I
               10  LONAPFFL-VSAM-DAT       PIC X(58).                   col-J
               10  LONAPFFL-VSAM-IDX       PIC X(58).                   col-K
           05  LONAPFFL-JOB-EXEC.
               10  LONAPFFL-JCL-OVR1       PIC X(8).                    col-L
               10  LONAPFFL-JCL-USR1       PIC X(8).                    col-M
               10  LONAPFFL-JCL-USR2       PIC X(8).                    col-N
           05  LONAP-EXTENDED-GROUP.
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-S1    PIC X(4).                    col-O
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-S2    PIC X(4).                    col-P
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M1    PIC X(16).                   col-Q
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M2    PIC X(16).                   col-R
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M3    PIC X(16).                   col-S
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M4    PIC X(16).                   col-T
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-X1    PIC X(256).                  col-U
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-X2    PIC X(256).                  col-V
           05  FILLER                      PIC X(199).
      *
      ***  LONAPFFL - End-of-Copy File - - - - - - - - - - - LONAPFFL *
      *****************************************************************
      *

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Step 4, Create X10 Catalog Entries

This step will create the catalog entries defined in the list of names and properties for the Special Purpose files. This is accomplished by generating the JCL and submitting the generated JCL to the internal reader (INTRDR). The following command (CATX10E2.cmd) shows the syntax for submitting the job that does the actual creation of the catalog entries.

@echo OFF
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *               CATX10E2.CMD - a Windows Command File               *
rem  *         This program is provided by SimoTime Technologies         *
rem  *           (C) Copyright 1987-2019 All Rights Reserved             *
rem  *             Web Site URL:   http://www.simotime.com               *
rem  *                   e-mail:   helpdesk@simotime.com                 *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *
rem  * Text   - Read KSD List of Names, create catalog entries for KSD's.
rem  * Author - SimoTime Technologies
rem  * Date   - January 24, 1996
rem  *
rem  * LONAP  - an acronym for a List Of Names And Properties.
rem  * CSV    - an acronym for Comma-Separated-Values.
rem  * FFL    - an acronym for Fixed-Field-Length.
rem  *
rem  * The job will read the file containing a list of PDS Names and
rem  * create a catalog entry for each record in the file.
rem  *
rem  *                    ************
rem  *                    * CATX10E2 *
rem  *                    ********cmd*
rem  *                         *
rem  *  ************      ************     ************
rem  *  * X10LIST1 *----- * CATX10J2 *-----* X10ENTRY *   CATALOG ENTRIES
rem  *  *******rseq*      ********jcl*     ********pds*
rem  *                         *
rem  *                    ************
rem  *                    *   EOJ    *
rem  *                    ************
rem  *
rem  *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  * Step 1 of 4, Preparation, Set the Environment...
rem  *
     set CmdName=CATX10E2
     call ..\..\Env1BASE %CmdName%
     if "%SYSLOG%" == "" set syslog=c:\SimoLIBR\LOGS\SimoTime.LOG
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "*******************************************************%CmdName%"
     call SimoNOTE "Starting CmdName %CmdName%, Server is %JESSERVERNAME%"
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "StepInfo Define Catalog entries using the X10LIST File"
     call SYS1SCHEDULE %JESSERVERNAME% CATX10J2
     if not "%ERRORLEVEL%" == "0" set JobStatus=0030
     if not %JobStatus% == 0000 goto :EojNok
:EojAok
     call SimoNOTE "Finished JobName %CmdName%, Server is %JESSERVERNAME%, Job Status is %JobStatus% "
     goto :End
:EojNok
     call SimoNOTE "ABENDING JobName %CmdName%, Server is %JESSERVERNAME%, Job Status is %JobStatus% "
:End
     if not "%1" == "NOPAUSE" PAUSE

The following (CATX10J2.jcl) shows the content of the job that will be submitted.

//CATX10J2 JOB SIMOTIME,CLASS=1,MSGCLASS=0,NOTIFY=CSIP1
//* *******************************************************************
//*       This JCL Member is provided by SimoTime Technologies        *
//*           (C) Copyright 1987-2016 All Rights Reserved             *
//*             Web Site URL:   http://www.simotime.com               *
//*                   e-mail:   helpdesk@simotime.com                 *
//* *******************************************************************
//*
//* Text   - Read a file containing a list of KSDS definitions.
//* Author - SimoTime Technologies
//* Date   - January 24, 1996
//*
//* LONAP  - an acronym for a List Of Names And Properties.
//* CSV    - an acronym for Comma-Separated-Values.
//* FFL    - an acronym for Fixed-Field-Length.
//*
//* The job will read a file with 1,024-byte records that contains
//* data structure information. A catalog entry will be created based
//* on the content of each record in the file.
//*
//* This set of programs will run on a mainframe under MVS or on a
//* Personal Computer with Windows and Micro Focus Mainframe Express.
//*
//*                     ************
//*                     * CATX10J2 *
//*                     ********jcl*
//*                          *
//*                     ************
//*                     * IEFBR14  *
//*                     ********utl*
//*                          *
//*    ************     ************     ************
//*    * LONAPFFL *-----* MFCATPOP *-----* SUBTORDR *
//*    *******rseq*     ********cbl*     ********dat*
//*                          *
//*                     ************
//*                     *   EOJ    *
//*                     ************
//*
//* *******************************************************************
//* Step 1 of 2, Delete a previously created file.
//*
//PREPSTEP EXEC PGM=IEFBR14
//SUBTRACE DD  DSN=SIMOTIME.UTIL.X10TRACE,DISP=(MOD,DELETE,DELETE),
//             STORCLAS=MFI,
//             SPACE=(TRK,5),
//             DCB=(RECFM=FB,LRECL=80,DSORG=PS)
//*
//* *******************************************************************
//* Step 2 of 2, Submit a job to the INTRDR based on record content...
//*
//CATENTRY EXEC PGM=MFCATPOP
//STEPLIB  DD  DSN=SIMOTIME.DEMO.LOADLIB,DISP=SHR
//LONAPFFL DD  DSN=SIMOTIME.UTIL.X10LIST1,DISP=SHR
//SUBTORDR DD  SYSOUT=(,INTRDR)
//SUBTRACE DD  DSN=SIMOTIME.UTIL.X10TRACE,DISP=(NEW,CATLG,CATLG),
//             STORCLAS=MFI,
//             SPACE=(TRK,5),
//             DCB=(RECFM=FB,LRECL=80,DSORG=PS)
//SYSOUT   DD  SYSOUT=*
//

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Step 5, Review and Validate Results

Use ES/Administration to review the results in the SPOOL file and Catalog.

Review the contents of the SUBTRACE file. For the sample program the Data Set Name is SIMOTIME.UTIL.X10TRACE. The following shows an example of the trace information that is included in the SUBTRACE file.

**SIMOTIME-SEPARATOR-Generated-JCL-for-VSAM,-ESDS------------SIMOTIME**
//MAKEESDS JOB SIMOTIME,CLASS=1,MSGCLASS=0,USER=SIMOTIME,NOTIFY=CSIP1
//* *******************************************************************
//* Do Catalog Entry for SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSC128
//* Generated JCL Code, the file properties were user defined.
//ESDEFINE EXEC PGM=IDCAMS
//SYSPRINT DD   SYSOUT=*
//SYSIN    DD   *
   DEFINE  CLUSTER(                                                  -
              NAME(SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSC128)                           -
              NONINDEXED                                             -
              SHR (2 3)                                              -
              CYL (9 9)                                              -
              VOL(*))                                                -
           DATA(                                                     -
              NAME(SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSD128.DAT)                       -
              RECSZ(00128,00128)                                     -
              CISZ(8192)                                             -
              FREESPACE(0,0))
/*
//*
**SIMOTIME-SEPARATOR-Generated-JCL-for-VSAM,-ESDS------------SIMOTIME**
//MAKEESDS JOB SIMOTIME,CLASS=1,MSGCLASS=0,USER=SIMOTIME,NOTIFY=CSIP1
//* *******************************************************************
//* Do Catalog Entry for SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSC350
//* Generated JCL Code, the file properties were user defined.
//ESDEFINE EXEC PGM=IDCAMS
//SYSPRINT DD   SYSOUT=*
//SYSIN    DD   *
   DEFINE  CLUSTER(                                                  -
              NAME(SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSC350)                           -
              NONINDEXED                                             -
              SHR (2 3)                                              -
              CYL (9 9)                                              -
              VOL(*))                                                -
           DATA(                                                     -
              NAME(SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSD350.DAT)                       -
              RECSZ(00350,00350)                                     -
              CISZ(8192)                                             -
              FREESPACE(0,0))
/*
//*
**SIMOTIME-SEPARATOR-Generated-JCL-for-VSAM,-ESDS------------SIMOTIME**
//MAKEESDS JOB SIMOTIME,CLASS=1,MSGCLASS=0,USER=SIMOTIME,NOTIFY=CSIP1
//* *******************************************************************
//* Do Catalog Entry for SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSC01K
//* Generated JCL Code, the file properties were user defined.
//ESDEFINE EXEC PGM=IDCAMS
//SYSPRINT DD   SYSOUT=*
//SYSIN    DD   *
   DEFINE  CLUSTER(                                                  -
              NAME(SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSC01K)                           -
              NONINDEXED                                             -
              SHR (2 3)                                              -
              CYL (9 9)                                              -
              VOL(*))                                                -
           DATA(                                                     -
              NAME(SIMOTIME.ESDS.ESDSD01K.DAT)                       -
              RECSZ(01024,01024)                                     -
              CISZ(8192)                                             -
              FREESPACE(0,0))
/*
//*

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Summary

The purpose of this document is to focus on the task of populating a catalog with the entries for the Special Purpose files. This document may be used as a tutorial for new programmers or as a quick reference for experienced programmers.

In the world of programming there are many ways to solve a problem. This document and the links to other documents are intended to provide a greater awareness of the Data Management and Application Processing alternatives.

The documentation and software were developed and tested on systems that are configured for a SIMOTIME environment based on the hardware, operating systems, user requirements and security requirements. Therefore, adjustments may be needed to execute the jobs and programs when transferred to a system of a different architecture or configuration.

SIMOTIME Services has experience in moving or sharing data or application processing across a variety of systems. For additional information about SIMOTIME Services or Technologies please send an e-mail to: helpdesk@simotime.com or call 415 883-6565. We appreciate hearing from you.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Software Agreement and Disclaimer

Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software, documentation or training material for any purpose requires a fee to be paid to SimoTime Technologies. Once the fee is received by SimoTime the latest version of the software, documentation or training material will be delivered and a license will be granted for use within an enterprise, provided the SimoTime copyright notice appear on all copies of the software. The SimoTime name or Logo may not be used in any advertising or publicity pertaining to the use of the software without the written permission of SimoTime Technologies.

SimoTime Technologies makes no warranty or representations about the suitability of the software, documentation or learning material for any purpose. It is provided "AS IS" without any expressed or implied warranty, including the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. SimoTime Technologies shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages resulting from the loss of use, data or projects, whether in an action of contract or tort, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of this software, documentation or training material.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Downloads and Links

This section includes links to documents with additional information that are beyond the scope and purpose of this document. The first group of documents may be available from a local system or via an internet connection, the second group of documents will require an internet connection.

Note: A SimoTime License is required for the items to be made available on a local system or server.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Current Server or Internet Access

The following links may be to the current server or to the Internet.

Note: The latest versions of the SimoTime Documents and Program Suites are available on the Internet and may be accessed using the Link to Internet icon. If a user has a SimoTime Enterprise License the Documents and Program Suites may be available on a local server and accessed using the Link to Server icon.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore the non-Relational Data Connection for more examples of accessing methodologies and coding techniques for Data Files and VSAM Data Sets.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore An Enterprise System Model that describes and demonstrates how Applications that were running on a Mainframe System and non-relational data that was located on the Mainframe System were copied and deployed in a Microsoft Windows environment with Micro Focus Enterprise Server.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore The ASCII and EBCDIC Translation Tables. These tables are provided for individuals that need to better understand the bit structures and differences of the encoding formats.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore The File Status Return Codes to interpret the results of accessing VSAM data sets and/or QSAM files.

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The following links will require an internet connect.

A good place to start is The SimoTime Home Page for access to white papers, program examples and product information. This link requires an Internet Connection

Explore The Micro Focus Web Site for more information about products and services available from Micro Focus. This link requires an Internet Connection.

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Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore the Glossary of Terms for a list of terms and definitions used in this suite of documents and white papers.

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SimoTime Technologies was founded in 1987 and is a privately owned company. We specialize in the creation and deployment of business applications using new or existing technologies and services. We have a team of individuals that understand the broad range of technologies being used in today's environments. Our customers include small businesses using Internet technologies to corporations using very large mainframe systems.

Quite often, to reach larger markets or provide a higher level of service to existing customers it requires the newer Internet technologies to work in a complementary manner with existing corporate mainframe systems. We specialize in preparing applications and the associated data that are currently residing on a single platform to be distributed across a variety of platforms.

Preparing the application programs will require the transfer of source members that will be compiled and deployed on the target platform. The data will need to be transferred between the systems and may need to be converted and validated at various stages within the process. SimoTime has the technology, services and experience to assist in the application and data management tasks involved with doing business in a multi-system environment.

Whether you want to use the Internet to expand into new market segments or as a delivery vehicle for existing business functions simply give us a call or check the web site at http://www.simotime.com


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