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The dope on a SOAP SupportPac

The CICS SOAP SupportPac document says that COBOL is required. My shop is PL/1. Will it work for us?

Ah...the first question on the SOAP SupportPac! The only reason why there is a COBOL pre-req is that the samples are written in COBOL. There is no actual runtime COBOL compiler requirement as everything supplied in object format relies on LE functions.

However, where the COBOL requirement comes in is the use of the WebSphere Studio tool to generate COBOL code that maps from XML to a copybook but this is optional. I'd expect most people not to worry about doing a "proper" parsing operation anyway. Good old substringing would be my initial choice!

If any of you are going to the Nordic Guide/Share in May, you will be delighted to know that I'm doing a presentation on the CICS Soap SupportPac. It's at 50 slides and still growing!

Robert Harris
CICS Technical Strategist -- CICS expert at Search390.com

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