COBOL in CICS tip roundup

There is no shortage of mainframe shops running COBOL applications on CICS. But what does an administrator need to know to keep their operations running smoothly? This expert advice roundup on managing CICS running COBOL applications is a good place to start developing the administration part of your mainframe strategy

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Most important precautions when upgrading COBOL and CICS
Are you missing the most important precautions when upgrading COBOL and CICS? Search390.com experts Jim Schesvold and Tom Ross will outline the necessary steps to ensure your upgrade goes smoothly

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Help with calling a COBOL subprogram from either CICS or batch environments
CICS expert Robert Crawford helps troubleshoot a COBOL subprogram call from CICS or batch environments.

Is it necessary to re-compile CICS COBOL after migrating from CICS V4.1 to CICS TS?
CICS TS migration concerns in a Natural/ADABAS shop that uses some COBOL.

Accessing an ESDS file that's open to CICS
Advice on accessing an ESDS file that is open to CICS for update from a batch COBOL program.

Allowing a CICS COBOL component to be accessed via VB screen
Expert advice on allowing existing CICS COBOL component to be accessed by a Visual Basic screen.

Any reason why we shouldn't write CICS transactions in Java vs COBOL?
What's the case for using COBOL instead of Java and vice versa?

Can batch-compiled COBOL programs run in CICS?
CICS expert Robert Harris offers advice on running batch-compiled COBOL programs in CICS environment.

Initiating a CICS transaction using a batch COBOL program
Another question about initiating CICS transactions using batch COBOL programs.

Using Web-CICS direct connect programming language is COBOL
I'm writing my first application utilizing Web-CICS direct connect programming language in COBOL, but how do I pass data from one task to another?

Will CICS TS 2.2 run existing load modules compiled in COBOL II or OS/VS COBOL?
COBOL version conversion and other questions about running COBOL on CICS are discussed in the expert response.

This was first published in November 2007

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