Initial content is designed to provide your staff with an overview of the IBM mainframe environment – from personnel and their job roles, to the hardware, software, and networking components that comprise a basic system. From there, courses branch out and focus on an overview of systems programming and application development, describing the integral system components and tools that each of these groups will be working with.
IBM (z/OS) – The Evolving Mainframe 2.5
This course describes what a mainframe is, how it has survived, and the IT personnel that need to interact with it. It then discusses the basic hardware, software and networking components that you will find in a typical mainframe environment.
IBM (z/OS) – Working with the Mainframe 2.5
This course begins by explaining how data is stored in a mainframe and the type of security that protects it. It then discusses the core products used to prioritize and process that data. Locating system documentation is going to be important for anyone working on the mainframe, for example error message manuals, product installation processes, so knowing how to access it is important. This is covered in the last module of this course.
IBM (z/OS) – z/OS Systems Programming Basics 2.5
This course provides the systems programmer with a more in-depth view of the z/OS system and covers concepts such as virtual storage, and the system data sets and parameters that are used to initialize and configure the z/OS system.
IBM (z/OS) – z/OS System Initialization & Configuration for Sys Progs 2.5
This course provides the systems programmer with a more in-depth view of the z/OS system and covers concepts such as virtual storage, system initialization, and JES2 configuration. and how system data sets and parameters can be modified in response to system issues.
IBM (z/OS) – Application Programming Basics 2.5
This course discusses the use of mainframe data sets and database files to store organizational data and examines the batch and online methods used to process that data.
IBM (z/OS) – Application Programming Environment Overview 2.5
This course discusses widely used mainframe programming languages such as COBOL, PL/I, C++, REXX, CLIST, Java, and Python, and describes how the Language Environment provides many of these languages with common runtime routines.
Sys Prog – Tips to Advance Your Systems Programmer Career – Expert Videos
In this set of expert videos, Meral Temel presents a list of practical tips that will help you become a more successful Systems Programmer. She emphasizes that learning is something that never stops and that Systems Programmers today need to accept that they cannot know everything and to target smaller areas of learning, and to look at the big picture of work they are performing. She discusses the importance of note taking, creating to-do and to-learn lists, and planning, as well as providing ideas on how best to address troubleshooting. Finally, Meral discusses how learning about performance-related aspects of the mainframe will stand you in good stead as it is woven into almost every Systems Programmer task.