Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/VSE Basics

An IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM Redbooks publication provides students of information systems technology with the background knowledge and skills necessary to begin using the basic facilities of a mainframe computer. It is the first in a planned series of textbooks designed to introduce students to mainframe concepts and help prepare them for a career in large systems computing.

For optimal learning, students are assumed to have successfully completed an introductory course in computer system concepts, such as computer organization and architecture, operating systems, data management, or data communications. They should also have successfully completed courses in one or more programming languages, and be PC literate.

This textbook can also be used as a prerequisite for courses in advanced topics or for internships and special studies. It is not intended to be a complete text covering all aspects of mainframe operation, nor is it a reference book that discusses every feature and option of the mainframe facilities.

Others who will benefit from this course include experienced data processing professionals who have worked with non-mainframe platforms, or who are familiar with some aspects of the mainframe but want to become knowledgeable with other facilities and benefits of the mainframe environment.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction to z/VSE and the mainframe environment
Chapter 1. Introduction to the new mainframe
Chapter 2. Mainframe hardware systems
Chapter 3. z/VSE overview
Chapter 4. The Interactive Interface of z/VSE
Chapter 5. Working with files
Chapter 6. Using JCL
Chapter 7. Batch processing and VSE/POWER
Part 2. Application programming on z/VSE
Chapter 8. Designing and developing applications for z/VSE
Chapter 9. Using programming languages on z/VSE
Chapter 10. Compiling and link-editing a program on z/VSE
Part 3. Online workloads for z/VSE
Chapter 11. Transaction management systems on z/VSE
Chapter 12. Database management systems on z/VSE
Chapter 13. z/VSE connectors
Chapter 14. Messaging and queuing
Part 4. System programming on z/VSE
Chapter 15. Overview of system programming
Chapter 16. Security on z/VSE
Chapter 17. Network communications on z/VSE
Appendix A. A brief look at IBM mainframe history
Appendix B. Utility programs
Appendix C. EBCDIC - 7-bit ASCII table
Appendix D. Programming experience
Appendix E. Back matter

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Publish Date
27 March 2007

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