Working with Mainframe Express (Free)

The class provides a step by step walk through of the Mainframe Express product. Mainframe Express provides tools enabling you to use your PC to develop, maintain and test applications for deployment on the mainframe. It includes integrated tools for editing, compiling and visually debugging mainframe applications. Mainframe Express also provides powerful tools such as project-management ...

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  • Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Prerequisites

  • 1: What is Mainframe Express

    • Overview

    • Development Life Cycle

  • 2: Quick Start

    • Overview

    • Starting Mainframe Express

    • Editing and Compiling

    • Locating and Fixing Errors

    • Running Programs

    • Debugging

    • Exercise 2.1 Editing a Program

    • Exercise 2.2 Compiling

    • Exercise 2.3 Find Using Mouse

    • Exercise 2.4 Execution and Debugging

    • Exercise 2.5 Using View

    • Exercise 2.6 Debug and Edit using BOMB01

    • Exercise 2.7 Execute BOMB01

    • Exercise 2.8 Viewing Job output

  • 3: Organizing Your Application

    • Overview

    • Organizing Tasks

    • Organizing Options

    • Creating a New Project

    • Project Settings

    • Project Files

    • Exercise 3.1 Creating a New Project

    • Exercise 3.2 Adding Files

    • Exercise 3.3 Adding a Copybook Library

    • Exercise 3.4 Verifying PROCS

    • Exercise 3.5 Executing a Build

  • 4: Workgrouping

    • Overview

    • The Workgroup View

    • Workgroup Levels

    • Using the Workgroup

    • Setup and Distribution

    • Using a Workgroup Project

    • Working with Folders

    • Exercise 4.1 Creating a Project from a Copy

    • Exercise 4.2 Using a Workgroup Project

  • 5: Navigating the IDE

    • Overview

    • Main IDE Window

    • Tool Bar

    • IDE Project View

    • Files View

    • Workgroup View

    • Catalog View

    • Spool View

    • Test View

    • Dockable Windows

    • Exercise 5.1 Navigating the IDE

  • 6: Source Editing

    • Overview

    • Customizing the Editor

    • File Menu Options

    • Using the Editor Window

    • Mouse vs Keyboard

    • Editing Lines and Blocks

    • Handling Copybooks

    • Using Multiple Windows

    • Exercise 6-1 Edit Options

    • Exercise 6-2 Cut, Copy, Paste

    • Exercise 6.3 Copybooks

    • Exercise 6.4 Column Blocks

    • Exercise 6.5 Copy between Programs

    • Exercise 6.6 Find in Files

    • Exercise 6.7 Copy/Paste with Copybooks

    • Exercise 6.8 Writing a Program

  • 7: Compiling

    • Overview

    • Compiling Programs

    • Build Settings

    • Viewing and Fixing Errors

    • Program Status

    • Exercise 7-1 Compiling a Program

    • Exercise 7-2 Correcting Multiple Errors

    • Exercise 7-3 Using the Next Button

    • Exercise 7-4 Output Window

  • 8: Visualize and Analyze

    • Overview

    • Using Program Analysis

    • Data Item Analysis

    • Procedure Analysis

    • Program Info and Statistics

    • Search and Locate

    • Exercise 8-1 Analysis Review Questions

    • Exercise 8-2 Data Analysis - FIND

    • Exercise 8-3 COBOL Menu and Statistics

    • Exercise 8-4 Data Flow Analysis

    • Exercise 8-5 Using PAYAPPL

    • Exercise 8-6 Data Analysis and Editing

  • 9: Application Preparation

    • Overview

    • Job Preparation

    • Data File Requirements

    • Job Execution

    • Exercise 9-1 Catalog Datasets, Execute JCL

    • Exercise 9-2 Create JCL PAYROLL

    • Exercise 9-3 Create JCL with GDG

    • Exercise 9-4 Create JCL with PDS

    • Exercise 9-5 Create Multistep JCL

    • Exercise 9-6 Setting Entry Points

  • 10: Testing

    • Overview

    • Test and Debug Options

    • Test Methodology

    • Executing in the Debugger

    • Managing Data

    • Using Breakpoints

    • Data Testing with Datewarp

    • Lesson 10 Exercises

    • Answers for Exercise 10.1a

    • Exercise 10.2 - Execution Techniques

    • Exercise 10.3 - Debugging using Examine/Monitor ...

    • Exercise 10.4 - Practicing Execution/Debugging T...

    • Exercise 10.5 - Unconditional Breakpoints

    • Exercise 10.6 - Conditional Breakpoints

    • Exercise 10.7 - Logic Errors in TESTFALL.CBL

    • Exercise 10.8 - Logic Errors in TESTSUB.CBL

  • 11: Test Data

    • How Data is Stored

    • Data Types and Formats

    • Data File Menu Options

    • Using Data File Editor

    • Record Layouts

    • VSAM: Interactive AMS

    • Using File Convert

    • Lesson Exercises

  • 12: Mainframe Access

    • Mainframe Access

    • Accessing MFA Drag and Drop

    • MFA Menu Options

    • MFA PC Context Menu

    • File Transfer

    • Transferring Source Files

    • Transferring Data - QSAM

    • Transferring Data - VSAM

    • Data Connect

  • 13: Additional Topics

    • Advanced Techniques

    • Executing Mainframe Utilities

    • Using MFEXTMAP

    • Dataset Catalog

    • Access Method Services

    • Mainframe Express Job Spool

    • Maintaining Projects

    • Customizing the IDE

    • Exercises

  • Course Conclusion

  • Introduction

    Welcome to the Micro Focus Working with Mainframe Express Online class. The class provides a step by step walk through of the Mainframe Express product using examples, exercises and quizzes where necessary.

    Mainframe Express Enterprise Edition contains functionality equivalent to the following four products combined:

    Mainframe Express

    Mainframe Express provides tools enabling you to use your PC to develop, maintain and test applications for deployment on the mainframe. It includes integrated tools for editing, compiling and visually debugging mainframe applications. Mainframe Express also provides powerful tools such as project-management capabilities and emulation of IBM mainframe sub systems such as CICS, IMS and DB2.

    AppMaster Builder

    AppMaster Builder is a full function application generator that automates the development and redevelopment of applications that support your business. You Paint CICS or IMS screen interfaces and programs. AppMaster Builder then generates the BMS or MFS source corresponding to the screen and generates the COBOL program source.

    Component Generator

    Component Generator is a software tool that provides a fast and effective way to make a legacy CICS application accessible from the e-business environment, while leaving the original application intact. Component Generator generates a front end to the application, for deployment on a server as a component (COM object, JavaBeans component, EJB, or Web service).

    Analysis Option

    Analysis Option reduces the cost and complexity of tasks ranging from everyday bug fixes to component analysis, by providing programmers with powerful inventory analysis features and comprehensive exploration tools. You can analyze your legacy project to discover its structure, the files it uses, how and where data items are used, and many other details.