I am having the below requirement and workign on it
Create a online screen in an existing menu , Capture the data from it write it in a file and submit a batch job thru the online program ..
I used CICS a long ago when I started my job and then Never got a chance to work on it.
I am trying to code it but was wondering if any one of you canhelp me i this regard like below
1- If you have ever done this earlier please show a sample if possible , And please dont think that I am asking you to do my job I am just trying to see an approach if possible
2- If you have an idea to do this please suggest
Let me know for any questiosn or If I am not clear in my above requirement.
Joined: 14 Jan 2008 Posts: 2504 Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
So, you need to capture the screen buffer of a target screen, parse this captured screen data and build and submit a Batch Job from CICS?
I think you can capture the screen buffer via the CICS native 3270 interface (I believe it's callled LINK3270), although, you could write what's called a pre-emptive transaction, which starts against a target terminal (whose program is dormat and has issued a RETURN TRANSID COMMAREA), receives the screen buffer, writes the screen buffer to a TSQ (like a screen scraper) and returns the transid and commarea to the target terminal as if nothing has occurred.
When you receive the screen buffer via the TSQ Read, then parse the data and build and submit your JCL via the SPOOLOPEN, SPOOLWRITE's (successive) and SPOOLCLOSE API's or via the Internal Reader (old style) via successive WRITEQ TD's.
Years ago, I wrote one of these beasts (somewhat crude compared to today's technology) and named my transid's ICU2 (my initial screen) and ICUX (which is started against the target terminal).
It can be a little dicey....
In addition, review the SPY product (or perhaps a facsimile) from MacKinney Systems -
Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8375 Location: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
The specifics will depend upon your site -- you need to talk to coworkers, your team leader, or your site support group. If your site has a tool to develop maps, for example, you would need to use that tool. But if your site does not have such a tool, you would need to code up the BMS map yourself (using the appendix to the Application Programming Reference manual for the map macros). You need to change the menu map to include your option, change the menu program to XCTL to your program when the menu option is selected, and code your program to send the map / receive the map / process the fields / submit the JCL. And your site support group MUST be involved since only they (or someone working at your site) will know the name of the TD queue that points to the internal reader for job submission (the name varies from site to site).
The bottom line is that you REALLY need to spend time talking to people working at your site rather than wasting time posting on this forum.
Yes you are right . I have an menu where I have added an option and now when that option will be selected then my program will come in to picture like below
When option 4 then
Call XXXX program
And in the XXXX program I will be displaying my screen which will allow user to enter data in some fields and once user finished and hit enter it will come back to my program and then we can write it in a file ,, But I am planing to have tis screen with backword and forward facility so that if user has to enter more dat then he/she can press PF8 to scroll down.
I would think of below design,
1) Create your new screen and a new file as per the requirements
2) Use TSQ to get all the data from screen 1 ( Screen 2,3,4..by PF8)
3) Once user say "Done addting/updating the date" then use the TSQ and write it to a new file
4) Use the below sample statements to start with a batch job