Using IBM CICS Transaction Server Channels and Containers

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 21 March 2015

Authors: Steve Burghard, Peter Klein


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new channels and containers support in IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Transaction Server V5.2. The book begins with an overview of the techniques used to pass data between applications running in CICS.

This book describes the constraints that these data techniques might be subject to, and how a channels and containers solution can provide solid advantages alongside these techniques. These capabilities enable CICS to fully comply with emerging technology requirements in terms of sizing and flexibility.

The book then goes on to describe application design, and looks at implementing channels and containers from an application programmer point of view. It provides examples to show how to evolve channels and containers from communication areas (COMMAREAs).

Next, the book explains the channels and containers application programming interface (API). It also describes how this API can be used in both traditional CICS applications and a Java CICS (JCICS) applications.

The business transaction services (BTS) API is considered as a similar yet recoverable alternative to channels and containers. Some authorized program analysis reports (APARs) are introduced, which enable more flexible web services features by using channels and containers.

The book also presents information from a systems management point of view, describing the systems management and configuration tasks and techniques that you must consider when implementing a channels and containers solution.

The book chooses a sample application in the CICS catalog manager example, and describes how you can port an existing CICS application to use channels and containers rather than using COMMAREAs.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to channels and containers
Chapter 2. Application design and implementation
Chapter 3. Programming
Chapter 4. Systems management and configuration
Chapter 5. Sample application
Chapter 6. Frequently asked questions
Appendix A. CICS channels and containers Liberty servlet example
Appendix B. Additional material

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