BT10 - File-AID for z/OS Files
Duration1 Day (customisation)
Availability

Course Description

The course is aimed at developers providing a working knowledge of manipulating and viewing z/OS datasets using File-AID.

The course contains many practical exercises to ensure familiarity with the product. Data is supplied by CASE Training, for the developers to work with.

Pre-requisites

The developer should be familiar with the host environment, namely TSO/ISPF. Knowledge of mainframe dataset structure and/or COBOL or PL/1 data layouts would be advantageous, however is not essential.

Objectives

Whilst covering the basics of File-AID, this course also aims to give an insight into manipulating, changing and viewing selected records in an z/OS dataset.

On completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Use the primary commands within File-AID
  • Use the line commands within File-AID
  • Browse datasets using File-AID
  • Edit datasets using File-AID
  • Select specific records from a dataset, in both formatted and unformatted mode
  • Use the cross reference utility to manipulate records in a dataset
  • Use the Catalog facility within File-AID
  • Use the Library facility within File-AID
  • Manipulate VSAM files using File-AID

Environment

Development will be performed using:

  • IBM Mainframe
  • ISPF Options
  • File-AID

Customisation

For on-site courses (i.e. at your premises), we are more than happy to tailor the course agenda to suit your exact requirements. In many cases, we are able to build your in-house standards and naming conventions into the delivered course.

Course Details

OVERVIEW
What is File-AID ?
BROWSING FILES
Supported Datasets
Accessing Browse
The Browse Panel
Character Mode
Vertical Mode
Formatted Mode
Browse Primary Commands
EDITING FILES
Supported Datasets
Accessing Edit
The Edit Panel
Character Mode
Vertical Mode
Formatted Mode
Formatted XREF Mode
Edit Primary Commands
Editing VSAM Files
PRIMARY COMMANDS
The Major Primary Commands
Autosave On/Off
Bounds
Cancel
Caps On/Off
Change
Char
Copy
Create
Delete
Display
Exclude
Filler
Find
FMT
Hex On/Off
Info
Locate
Max
Merge
Offset
Pad
Profile
Replace
Reset
Show
Sort
Undo
VFMT
Zero
LINE COMMANDS
The Major Primary Commands
Insert
Repeat
Delete
Copy
Move
After
Before
Overlay
Exclude
First
Last
Show
Shift Data
Cols
Mask
Bounds
Protect
Unprotect
Overlay
Here
Output from the PROGRAM
Input to the Program
Building the Program Structure
SCROLL COMMANDS
The Major Scroll Commands
SELECTING RECORDS
Overview of Selecting Records
Existing Selection Criteria
Temporary Selection Criteria
Selection Criteria Menu
Selection Criteria Primary Commands
Selection Criteria Options
Specifying Formatted Selection Criteria
Specifying Unformatted Selection Criteria
CROSS REFERENCE UTILITY - XREF
Overview of Cross Reference Utility
Why Use XREF ?
Dataset Specification
Defining XREF Members
Single Record Type XREF
Multiple Record Type XREF
Formatted XREF Definition
Unformatted XREF
Generated Filler and Prefix Layout Specification
SEARCH AND REPLACE
Overview of Search and Replace
The Search and Update Menu
PDS Find/Change and Member List Processing
PDS Find Command
PDS Change Command
Global Browse
Global Update
CATALOG UTILITY
Overview of Catalog Facility
VSAM List
Generic Catalog Search
The Dataset Selection List
LIBRARY UTILITY
Overview of the Library Facility
Map CSECTS in Address Order
Map CSECTS in Name Order
Displaying Directory Entry for a Load Module
VSAM FILES
Allocating a new VSAM File
Other VSAM Modifications

Course Format

Practical sessions make up a large part of the course, allowing delegates to demonstrate and reinforce the lectures given. During these sessions the delegate will gain experience of manipulating z/OS datasets using the various File-AID options.

Examples are used extensively, ranging from simple code snippets to full applications with complete 'real world' functionality. These are supplied at the start of the course and it is encouraged that the delegates execute and 'experiment' with these under the instructor's guidance as they are introduced.

These examples are available to take away, along with the delegate's own work.

The comprehensive Student Guide supplied is fully indexed serving as a useful reference tool long after the course has finished. Delegates will also be able to access a free help-line with technical questions relating to topics covered on the course.