If you're involved in any type of program development on an IBM mainframe computer running MVS, you need to know how to use TSO/ISPF, IBM's standard platform for application development.
Unfortunately, TSO/ISPF isn't as easy to learn as it should be. In fact, even longtime users often do things the hard way. That's why you need this book.
Chapter 1 introduces you to MVS (both MVS/XA and MVS/ESA) and shows you how TSO/ISPF relates to MVS so you'll understand how to use ISPF to control the operating system functions. The remaining 7 chapters then teach you how to use ISPF for everyday programming tasks: editing source programs; compiling, link-editing, and executing programs; displaying file contents; creating, copying, and deleting data sets; managing program libraries; and much more.
These essential ISPF tasks can be tough to figure out on your own, but with this book, you'll master them in no time.
You'll also find that you can do some tasks in more than one way. So this book does more than teach you how to use the ISPF options--it also tells you what options do similar things, which ones are the most useful, and when and why you would use each one.
Who this book is for?
This book is for anyone who's developing programs on an MVS system. That includes beginning and experienced programmers, application and systems programmers, and computer operators in an MVS shop.
It's especially for those who are new to MVS and ISPF. But we've found that even experienced ISPF users are surprised at how many time-saving tips they pick up from this book.