CICS V5 Fundamentals

Overview

An updated version of this course is available. For more information, click CICS V5.3 Fundamentals (WM806G).

In this entry-level course, you learn about the basic concepts and facilities of IBM CICS Transaction Server V5. After completing this course, you have the prerequisite knowledge for all of the follow-on CICS application and systems programming courses that IBM Training offers.

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Audience

This basic course is designed for IT personnel who have little or no CICS experience.

Prerequisites

You should have a basic knowledge of data processing and an IBM operating system.

Some programming experience in a high-level language like COBOL or Java is helpful.

Key topics

  • Course introduction
  • Introducing CICS
  • CICS-supplied transactions
  • Exercise: CICS-supplied transactions
  • Defining CICS resources
  • Exercise: Defining CICS resources
  • Introducing the CICS Explorer
  • Exercise: Using the CICS Explorer
  • CICSPlex System Manager overview
  • CICS security
  • Managing data integrity
  • Startup and shutdown
  • Exercise: Managing CICS resources
  • Data access
  • Exercise: Managing files and queues
  • Designing CICS applications
  • Exercise: Reviewing CICS BMS maps
  • Writing CICS programs
  • Testing and debugging CICS programs
  • Exercise: Debugging applications by using CEDF
  • CICS intercommunication
  • Course summary

Objectives

  • Describe the role of CICS in a business transaction environment
  • Outline the flow of a typical CICS transaction
  • Describe the functions that the primary CICS-supplied transactions perform
  • Use the CICS master terminal transaction (CEMT) to query and control system resources
  • Describe various ways of defining resources in CICS
  • Use transactions that CICS supplies to define and manage resources
  • Explain how CICS stores and manages resource definitions
  • Describe the features of the CICS Explorer
  • List the facilities that CICSPlex System Manager provides
  • Describe how CICS implements security
  • List the recoverable resources of CICS
  • Describe CICS transaction backout and forward recovery
  • List the types of CICS startup and shutdown
  • Describe the facilities that CICS provides for maintaining the integrity of data that is associated with CICS programs
  • Describe CICS support for databases and Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM) files
  • Describe the functions of presentation, business, and data access logic
  • Define the role and use of the COMMAREAs and CHANNELs in CICS applications
  • Show how CICS Basic Mapping Support (BMS) supports the 3270 display
  • Describe the syntax of a CICS command
  • Explain how to handle exceptions
  • Use the transactions that CICS supplies for testing and debugging
  • Describe the facilities that are available in CICS for intercommunication

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