Overview

This year we are presenting several iterations of the complete (no-charge) IDz Entry Level Training courses, along with Experienced User topics such as Code Review, Code Coverage, Integration with Open Source DevOps tooling, etc.

The Entry Level Training consists of multiple hour-long hands-on-workshop modules that are delivered through interactive, instructor-led web-conferences ... an extremely effective training venue utilizing open Q&A, flexible class delivery, remote-mentoring, greater absorption of the material, etc.

These sessions cover all of the skills & knowledge needed to master IDz, enabling you for high-productivity z/OS COBOL application work with the tools. Please note that there is no need to register for any of the classes. Simply follow the "Getting Started Notes" instructions below.

Also note that you may attend any session you'd like - from any iteration at any time. However the Entry Level classes are designed as sequenced educational content, with materials that build upon previous topics. It is recommended that you proceed through the courses from Module-1 thru Module-9 (see details below on the individual module topics).


Getting Started Notes

  • Each of the Entry Level classes is (roughly) one hour in length - and there is no enrollment needed.
    • You will need to provide the instructor with your email address during the first module - in order to communicate questions, assignments, tips/techniques, errata, etc.
    • There is a short workshop setup process needed for the hands-on labs. See the table below in the Setup section for details- and please try to finish this before attending Module 1.
  • The WebEx (web conference link) for all classes is: https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles, audio is provided through phone or VOIP
  • Additional details on each Module are listed at the bottom
  • Typically the instructor will be available 15 minutes before each session - to assist with individual questions & answers

Important

It is imperative that when you participate in the Web Conference you put your phone on mute and leave it on mute throughout the training

  • There will be dozens of developers participating in each class
  • Background noise/talking/etc interferes with the learning and is distracting
  • You are encouraged to use the WebEx chat feature to ask any/all questions throughout the training session
  • Note also that you must turn your PC/Laptop camera off during class - for the same reasons

Setup

For entry level hand's-on learning - download these files and follow the setup instructions in the table:

Download URL Files & Setup Instructions
https://community.ibm.com/community/user/ibmz-and-linuxone/viewdocument/education-workspace?CommunityKey=b0dae4a8-74eb-44ac-86c7-90f3cd32909a&tab=librarydocuments 1. Education Workspace - for class. Download and unzip this file onto your PC. It contains all of the programs/copybooks/JCL/etc. that are referenced in the hands-on exercises.
https://community.ibm.com/community/user/ibmz-and-linuxone/viewdocument/labspdf?CommunityKey=b0dae4a8-74eb-44ac-86c7-90f3cd32909a&tab=librarydocuments 2. Class Exercises for each Module. Download this file into the same directory as the class education PDFs.
https://community.ibm.com/community/user/ibmz-and-linuxone/viewdocument/pdfs-for-the-entry-level-training-m?CommunityKey=b0dae4a8-74eb-44ac-86c7-90f3cd32909a&tab=librarydocuments 3. Class learning documents (PDFs) Download and unzip these files into a directory. You will use this as IDz reference material throughout the class.


IDz/ADFz/RDz Entry-Level and Experienced User Training Schedule



Date & Time Topic
October 5th - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Q3/Q4 2020 IDz/ADFz/RDz Entry Level Training: Monday 9:00 AM Eastern Classes

Module 1 - IDz/Eclipse Introduction for ISPF Developers Class overview, Workspace installation & customization, IDz Terms & Concepts & Eclipse Navigation for ISPF Developers, DevOps Tooling overview, Split-Screen, Use of multi-window'd views, Program Control Flow, Bookmarks for ISPF-Labels and more.

October 12th - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 2 - IDz Editing and Code Development Tools & Techniques

Overview of IDz code editors & productivity techniques, ISPF emulation: Command line commands/Prefix area commands, Hot Key definitions, Editing source with embedded Hex characters, JCL editing, IDz's source download and program model, and Content Assist ("look-ahead typing")

October 19 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry Level Training - Module 3 - Program Analysis Tools

ISPF Search techniques (expanded), IDz graphical tools for: Logic Flow and program execution analysis, Graphical & declarative tools for Data Flow and impact analysis (within a single program), Various built in language Filters.

October 26th - 9:00 AM - 10:00 Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 4 - Mainframe Connect, File Navigation & Remote Search

Part 1 of the high-value tools in the Remote Systems view; Connecting to an LPAR, Preferences, Dataset Navigation, Remote z/OS File and Library Member Search options - including REGEX searching thru z/OS resources, Leveraging the Search Results view functionality and other productivity options.

November 2nd - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 5 - Dataset Access and Organization

Learn to utilize MVS File Filters and Retrieve Data Set for effective organization and access of z/OS resources. Create, configuring and customize Property Groups for SYSLIB (COPY and INCLUDE search path definitions), PROC Search Path and Called Module Search Path definitions Utilize Property Groups with: Show Dependencies and Remote Syntax Check.

November 9th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 6 - the ISPF 3.x Data Set Utilities

This module instructs on the data set utility features of IDz that are available from the ISPF 3.x dialogs: File allocation, File rename, File delete, Library compress, VSAM File create, GDG Model and GDG Data Set create . Batch Job management and interactive CLIST/REXX support is also part of Module 6. An introduction to Menu Manager is presented

November 16th - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 7 - MVS Subprojects

Learn how to use this convenient & powerful IDz feature to organize and manage individual PDS members and individual QSAM files on a per-project bases. MVS Subprojects are also utilized with SCM access and Embedded SQL code/test/tune.

November 23rd- 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 8 - DB2/SQL

IDz's world-class features for working with DB2 programs: Understanding your logical and physical data model (entities & their relationships), modifying DB2 test table values and coding/testing SQL: Using SPUFI files, Interactive SQL, and coding Embedded SQL statements directly into COBOL and PL/I programs, then running and using Visual Explain on the statements.

November 30th - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Training Module 9 - Debug and Code Coverage

Batch & Online debugging features and techniques, including JCL to launch Debug, program animation features, break points, variable monitors/changing variable values dynamically, Record & Playback. An introduction to IDz Code Coverage - both for batch and online (CICS) test-quality analysis.

Entry-Level Training - Individual Module/Class Agenda (Details)

Module 1: The RDz Workbench and introduction to Eclipse for ISPF Developers

Module 2: Editing Program Source

Module 3: Analyzing COBOL Programs

Module 4: Introduction to RDz Remote Systems’ Features

Module 5: Dataset Access and Organization

Module 6: ISPF 3.x Options, Batch Job Submission & Management

Module 7: MVS Subprojects

Module 8: The DB2 and SQL Data Tools

Module 9: Debugging z/OS COBOL Applications using IDz/RDz