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Ray-Tech

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:11 pm    Post subject: Fileaid on a PC availability?
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Hello.... does anyone know of about the availability of fileaid for pc??. thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject:
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availability of fileaid for pc??. <NO>
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject:
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Hello RT and welcome to the forums,

What file-aid functionality are you looking for on the pc?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply to: Fileaid on a PC availability?
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Thank You!,,... i'm just looking at another tool i can use with file analysis when i'm not in front of the mainframe... i think there is a 'pc' version out ther.... i use a product thats called xedit for pc which is great....
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:14 am    Post subject:
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Hello,

There used to be a product called SPF/PC that was sold by Command Technology (www.commandtechnology.com). It had the same look and feel as tso/ispf, but worked on pc files.

I don't have the newest version (i believe it is called spf/se).
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject:
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yes.... i have it... its caled xedit spf,,.......
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject:
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hi
what is xedit spf?
can u explain me how to use?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

It is software for the pc that has a similar "look and feel" as the mainframe.

If you go to the site mentioned above, you can find info about the product.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Another option
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http://record-editor.sourceforge.net/Record02.htm

This is a link to Record Edit which is a program that will display data files in either ASCII or EBCDIC, formatted using a COBOL copybook. It will at least give you that portion of FileAID functionality.

Dave
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject: RecordEditor
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I have added a Quick Mainframe Get Started notes for the RecordEditor

http://record-editor.sourceforge.net/MainframeNotes.html

While the RecordEditor is not a replacement for FileAid, I find it a useful to use the RecordEditor instead of FileAid for some tasks

* The RecordEditor works better with PC Software than FileAid. You can cut and paste from the RecordEditor into Word / Excel. Also you can export as HTML or via velocity templates.

* You can view a lot more of the file at any one time in the RecordEditor. On my home PC (22 inch) I can see 55 rows by 18-> 20 field columns. In FileAid its 29 rows by 3 -> 6 columns.

*Can produce Adhoc Reports (via sister project) from Mainframe Cobol File.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: RecordEditor
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Bruce_Martin wrote:

*Can produce Adhoc Reports (via sister project) from Mainframe Cobol File.


Hi Bruce, very nice project! What is this sister project you mention?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:28 am    Post subject:
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The project is

http://ffreport.sourceforge.net/

it is actually a plugin for IReports which is an established Java Report Designer (basically SQL based designer). The good point is there is a lot of existing functions (Graphs, exporting as RTF, PDF, HTML output). The bad is I have to work through existing interfaces which means it is not the most logicall process. I would suggest looking at the tutorials.

The package can use either PC or Mainframe files and use either a Cobol Copybook or a RecordEditor Layout to describe them.

In theory you should be able to run the reports any computer that runs Java (which would include the mainframe).

I have packaged is as either a plugin (for those that have IReports) and as complete iReport/FFReport package (24 mb).
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:05 pm    Post subject: RecordEditor
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RecordEditor - Final point get the latest version (currently 0.65) it will support mainframe files. There have been several downloads of version 0.52 Mainframe which was first version to support mainframe file. It is old and ugly.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Fileaid on a PC availability?
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Bruce,

Does a forum exist that's dedicated to RecordEdit?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject: forum
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Not on this site, Is it possible to create / request a forum here ???
There is a forum on sourceforge http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=139274 or
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

We have a part of the forum for "PC Tech Help & IT News".

This might be a place to start. If there is sufficient activity, a separate part of the forum might be in order. For the most part, the forum covers mainframe topics rather than deskcop topics. . .

As more work is multi- or cross-platform, we may see some expansion. . .
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject:
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Hi,

I use the very tool mentioned at the top of this discussion. It is called File-AID/Client Server. It gives me pretty much everything I use on the mainframe but also allows me access to non mainframe files and databases (e.g. oracle, sybase, UDB, etc.)

We primarily use it to generate data and browse/edit our test data. It also links to the mainframe so we can easily download the test data generated on the mainframe.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject:
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Sam: Are you able to relate the license/fee structure for this product? Note I'm not necessarily asking for details; ballpark numbers would be fine.... icon_cool.gif
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Fileaid for PC
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The answer to the original question is yes....there is a version of Fileaid for the PC and it is called Fileaid/CS (Client Server) Here are details from the manual...

File-AID/CS is a data management tool designed to help developers become more efficient when managing and preparing data for testing. With File-AID/CS, developers can easily copy, convert, transform, compare, and edit data, validate test data results, and restore test data to its baseline state. File-AID/CS provides an interface similar to Windows Explorer for accessing many of the major databases and file types across Windows 2003, XP, and 2000 clients and servers. Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, and DB2 Universal Database (UDB) are a few of the major databases you can access using File-AID/CS. In addition, File-AID/CS supports a wide range of other data types including mainframe data and XML.
File-AID/CS Enterprise Edition is an optional addition to File-AID/CS that provides access modules enabling a developer to access mainframe data on MVS. When coupled with File-AID/CS, File-AID/CS Enterprise Edition enables a developer to move test data between mainframe and distributed environments. File-AID/CS Enterprise Edition supports the major MVS data types (VSAM, QSAM, IMS, and DB2 UDB z/OS). It also supports File-AID/RDX extract files by moving related DB2 data types to a distributed database. Refer to the File-AID/CS Installation Guide for information on installing this option.
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