Extend the CICS Explorer:
A Better Way to Manage Your CICS

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 23 February 2010, updated 03 May 2010

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ISBN-10: 0738434019
ISBN-13: 9780738434018
IBM Form #: SG24-7819-00
(338 pages)

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Authors: Chris Rayns, Scott Clee, Taku Miura, Shayla Robinson, Yusuke Tamura, John Taylor, Steve Wall


CICS® Explorer™ is the latest significant evolution in the management and analysis of your CICS environment. It is a statement of intent from the CICS Development organization, which is determined to ensure you can manage your CICS estate in a simple and easily extensible way, using a combination of the following approaches:

  • Tried and trusted CICS expertise and technology
  • The widely accepted user interfaces and integration power of the open source Eclipse platform
  • Web 2.0 and RESTful programming (this technology underpins the CICS Explorer concept)

This IBM® Redbooks® publication shows how you can use the extensible design of CICS Explorer to complement the functionality already provided, with added functionality tailored to the needs of your business. We show you how to perform the following tasks:

  • Install the CICS plug-in SDK into your eclipse environment
  • Develop a simple plug-in for the CICS Explorer
  • Deploy the plug-in into CICS Explorer

We provide several useful examples of plug-ins that we developed during the residency using the methodology we describe.

The starting point for the book is that you already have CICS Explorer installed and configured with connectivity to your CICS region or CICSPlex®, and that you are looking for ways to customize CICS Explorer.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. CICS Evolution
Part 2. Exploring CICS Explorer
Chapter 2. CICS Explorer and the CICS Client Management Interface
Chapter 3. CICS Explorer SDK
Part3. Extending CICS Explorer
Chapter 4. Writing a plug-in for CICS Explorer
Chapter 5. Extending CICS Explorer plug-ins
Part 4. Integrating CICS Explorer with other Eclipse Components
Chapter 6. Combining OMEGAMON data with CICS Explorer
Chapter 7. Setting CICS Trace Levels through CICS Explorer
Chapter 8. Adding a sticky note plug-in to CICS Explorer
Chapter 9. Implementing a CEBR view in CICS Explorer
Appendix A. Reference list of CICS SDK elements
Appendix B. Additional material

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