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Announcement letter for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Developer Trial 4.2

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General Availability of CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) Developer Trial V4.2 was 27 January 2012. CICS TS Developer Trial V4.2 delivers a 'try-before-you-buy' edition of CICS TS. It can be used to evaluate, in non-production environments, the value that could be gained from a CICS TS upgrade, prior to committing time and resources to a production upgrade project.

Java apps have most flaws, Cobol is cleanest, study finds

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Analysis of 745 apps determines costs of flawed software as IT interest in 'technical debt' takes off

There is a lot of badly engineered software in the world that's creating a lot of risk to businesses and organisations, and accumulating so-called 'technical debt.'  Such a legacy of problematic programming that violates good architectural and coding practices is called " technical debt ," a metaphor that is gaining broader attention.

Bill Curtis, chief scientist at Cast, said he believes Cobol did best because the code is older. Programmers "have been beating on it for 30 years" and in that time have fixed some of the most critical violations, he said.

COBOL scored the highest on security while .NET scored the lowest.

Read full article here : ComputerworldUK

Read the CAST Software news release here: CAST Software

RedBook: CICS Transaction Server from Start to Finish

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If you want to know what CICS TS is all about... This is the publication to get!


In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we discuss CICS®, which stands for Customer Information Control System. It is a general-purpose transaction processing subsystem for the z/OS® operating system. CICS provides services for running an application online where, users submit requests to run applications simultaneously.

CICS manages sharing resources, the integrity of data, and prioritizes execution with fast response. CICS authorizes users, allocates resources (real storage and cycles), and passes on database requests by the application to the appropriate database manager, such as DB2®.

New Product Announcement - SysQManager for CICS

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DSI Document Systems (DSI) is pleased to announced the release of SysQManager, software to dynamically create and manage CICS extra-partition Sysout Transient Data Queues (TDQs).  SysQManager automatically manages CICS TDQ output, thereby eliminating the risk of non-stop CICS processing generating Sysout TDQs that can interfere with your 24x7 CICS operation.

SysQManager includes Critical Message Alert Detection that can be set to email notify designated users for corrective action. 

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The Battle of the acronyms: USS vs. USS

I did my weekly reading of IBM-Main and noticed the black hole of time and talent namely the USS vs. USS argument that is raging on the list.

Maybe we should take a vote on the usage of USS and decide once and for all how to use USS (the acronym).

 Disclaimer: This is not a scientific poll. IBM will not change manuals and parameters based on the outcome of the poll. This poll will not put and end to nonsensical posts on the list. No animals were harmed in the creation of this poll.


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