Top Ten Things I Miss

Greetings friends!

With all the nostalgia-laden posts I've been doing lately, you'd think I was on the verge of retirement or checking out. Sadly, the first is not happening yet and hopefully the second won't either. I can't really articulate a reason for my pensive and wistful blog entries. I'm open to suggestions though.

Here's my list of Top Ten Things I Miss, as it relates to MVS systems programming, of course.

  10   The password dataset
    9   Following faqe chains
    8   Stepcat/jobcat
    7   IPO1 datasets. And IPOUPDTE
    6   Reading dumps over the phone to IBM
    5   Having only RMFMON instead of eight different monitors
    4   Calling it clip versus initialize
    3   Zapping the format4 dscb
    2   IPS and ICS

And the number one MVS Systems Programming thing I miss:

    1   MVSCP

No, I'm not going to explain my reasons for each one...just the top...three, no four.

Clip. I still call it clip. Clip a pack. It just has such a nice ring to it.

Zap. I used to have to do this a lot, when somehow we'd get uncatalogued vsam files.

IPS and ICS. With all due respect to WLM, I miss the simple, one screen (usually) IPS.

MVSCP. Again, with all due respect to HCD, I really miss MVSCP's. In fact I still create an IOCP input dataset in HCD so I can take a look at it in a top-down fashion and make sure what I wanted to happen, happened.

There were others on the list...programmable keys, isfparms, the TSO console command. But these were the Top Ten. Thanks for taking the trip down memory lane with me!

Until next time...

Mary Anne





October 15, 2012 04:07 PM by M. Ray Mullins

Really? :)

If you want to experience this, help me hunt up a z/VSE system that we can play with. :) 

What, you don't miss stepcat?

October 15, 2012 04:08 PM by Mary Anne Knutson

It's such a pita to build a new system...alias, define, alter etc. Instead of just using a stepcat.


October 16, 2012 10:14 AM by Edward Jaffe

9. Never heard of faqe chains.

8. I do *really* miss STEPCAT, especially when defining page data sets for a new system.

4. I remember calling it 'clipping' a pack when only the volser was being changed.

3. I sill ZAP the Format-4 DSCB from time-to-time.

1. LOL. I also sometimes generate "Input to IOCP" just so I can check to be sure HCD is doing the "right" thing... That's become loads of fun since the introduction of PCHIDs.


October 16, 2012 08:58 PM by Mary Anne Knutson

Pronounced fake. Free Area Queue Element? Might have been specific to CICS.


October 17, 2012 12:27 PM by Mary Anne Knutson

Dang, that reminds me, I hate PCHIDs too! Maybe I need to do a blog on the top ten things I hate. :)

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