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
June 28th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Summer   2021 - IDz/ADFz 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-windowed views, Overview of Program Control Flow, Bookmarks and more.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
June 29th , 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Ten Things We Bet You Didn't Know IDz Could Do - Productivity Tools & Techniques
Those of us who've been through IBM IDz Entry-Level and experienced training may wonder why it is that, nearly every time you open IDz to do something you find something new in the product - something you didn't know about. Some menu option/action - Preference - Widget - whatHaveYou. 

It's not you - it's IDz. The product's been on the market for almost 20 years - and used by upwards of 1,000 different companies world-wide. In that time our dev-team has received hundreds of requests for new functionality - and do their best to implement as many as possible. In this session you'll see things that (we believe) you were not aware of - that will make your tasks & projects easier.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
July 12th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 2 - IDz Editing and Code Development Tools & Techniques
IDz code editors & development 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")

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
July 13th , 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Office Hours/Q&A
Office hours are open as we host a Q&A session for participants in the Q2 IDz Distance Learning curriculum. All questions are good questions! Your fellow attendees may have similar queries or problems that they would like to work through, so do not hesitate to ask.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
July 19th, 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.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
July 20th , 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Code Review - Part 2
In Q2 we offered a Code Coverage experienced training session that - in spite of being 90-minutes was not long enough to cover both the code coverage options and the new (v15) syntax format with abbreviations that make specifying Code Coverage parameters simpler - in both online & batch. 

This session picks up where the previous session left off. So - as a prereq - you will need a working knowledge of Code Coverage to attend.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
July 26th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz Entry-Level Training Module 4 - Remote Systems - Connect, Navigate and Search
Connect to your shop's test LPAR and navigate libraries and data sets. Locate files in large PDSs, Copy files from mainframe <->PC<->Mainframe. Search Remote libraries using powerful tools that allow you to access "found" source files with your mouse.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
July 27th , 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern IDz <=> Git SCM Tooling Integration
This session - taught by Brice Small will cover setting up/customizing and using the IDz/Git views to do DevOps-Git SCM-based development; Clone/Configure and Clone Git repositories, Staging source, Working with Branches, Push/Pull/Merge/Commit and Rebase source, etc.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/jsayles 
August 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.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 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

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 10th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Workspace Design 
Learn how to maximize the end-user experience within the IDz workbench through customization of the IDz workspace. Learn what goes in to designing a standard/template workspace that can be rolled out en masse - and how to further customize the workspace to create the best experience for developers possible, while minimizing admin tasks and downtime. (NOTE: Push-2-client will not be discussed in this session)

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 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.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 17th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Menu Manager 
Learn how to extend the workbench to include native ISPF functionality accessed through IDz context menus. The Menu Manager tooling extends the Context Menu feature-set by accessing TSO Commands, REXX Execs and CLISTS through the use of simple and easy-to-learn scripting terms. Best of all - Menu Manager is in-the-box, included with IDz.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 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.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 24th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Code Coverage - Part 2
In Q2 we offered a Code Coverage experienced training session that - in spite of being 90-minutes was not long enough to cover both the code coverage options and the new (v15) syntax format with abbreviations that make specifying Code Coverage parameters simpler - in both online & batch. This session picks up where the previous session left off. So - as a prereq - you will need a working knowledge of Code Coverage to attend.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 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.

(Time permitting) An introduction to IDz Code Coverage - both for batch and online (CICS) test-quality analytics will be given.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 
August 31st, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern File Manager
Learn how to access and work with files using the IBM File Manager eclipse plugin via IDz. Using the ADFz product - Edit/Browse/Analyze QSAM/VSAM files and DB2 tables using the File Manager software. Check out editing through copybooks, and see how to analyze Load Modules.

Web conference url - https://ibm.webex.com/meet/christopher.sayles 



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