Modern DevOps on CICS from Ansible to Zowe!
Project and Program: Enterprise-wide
, SHARE Dallas 2022
This talk covers how to do modern CICS DevOps using open source tooling such as Zowe and Ansible. This covers development environments such as Visual Studio Code using GitHub, CI/CD pipelines built using Jenkins, and testing tools such as galassa and COBOL Check. Many of these tools have vendor extensions and commercial support offerings from mainframe software companies, however this talk will very much take the open source first angle and show how to build end to end tooling to support agile development practices end to end. As well as CICS the talk will show this in the context of applications written in COBOL as well as Java, and transactions exploiting Db2 and MQ on z/OS. For the front end tooling the focus will be on Visual Studio code and the growing family of extensions such as the Zowe Explorer, as well as free tooling for language awareness, testing frameworks, debugging and more. The talk will also cover IntelliJ and Eclipse and the free and open source extensions available. This talk will benefit experienced CICS Developers wishing to learn about and transition away from ISPF or those using vendor tools wishing to see the open source free landscape, as well as new to the mainframe developers wishing to see how to exploit familiar development environments on top of CICS Transaction Server programs and transactions.
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