The new MVS workbench
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
The new MVS workbench
This disclosure is a software mechanism which is a front-end tool to ISPF that simplifies the navigation between files and the functions within ISPF and reduces the typing required for the data set names to assist users working various kinds of MVS files. This tool package is called the MVS Project Work Manager. It allows MVS users to create their own directories on the Workbench based on their project or work item categories. In each directory there is no restriction on the number of data entries that can be specified, and no restriction on what kind of data entries can be defined. The users may choose to define sequential data sets, partitioned data sets, GDG base files, VSAM data sets, or a combination of these data set types in each directory. They may also specify various kinds of TSO/ISPF commands in the directory, such as the batch job submit command, the file copy or move command, or the tool panels display command, etc. that are related to the same project or work item. Various kinds of MVS utility programs and User-Exit commands have also been added onto this system to increase the power of the functions of this Workbench.
Each data set name or TSO/ISPF command name defined in the project or work item entries has an unique identifier, which is used as the selection code of each data entry. The selection code scheme adapted by this Workbench is in the "a.b" type of format, where "a" and "b" are the numerical numbers. For example, the selection code "3.2" stands for the second data entry of the third project or work item. Once a user has established the setup of the project or work item entry on the Workbench, he or she may easily select the data sets that are needed to be worked on everyday from the special designed ISPF panels. Instead of using the selection code, the data set or the TSO/ISPF command can also be selected if the cursor is positioned at any location of the data entry code line on the data set selection panel when the Enter key is pressed.
This Workbench tool has five major process panels to handle the directory entry creation and the data set selection functions:
The first panel is used for creating the new projects or work items on the Workbench,
The second panel is used for selecting the project or work item,
The third panel is used for the data set or TSO/ISPF command selection function,
The fourth panel is used for the PDS member list displaying function, and
The fifth panel is used for the Cross Reference function.
Each panel provides a unique function that allows the users to easily work on frequently used data sets. If a GDG base file is selected on the data set selection panel, then it will automatically be expanded to the Generation File level. If a VSAM file is selected on this panel, then a Vendor Software Company developed File-AID tool package will automatically be invoked to perform the VSAM file edit or browse function. The size of each proce...