The Complete Mainframe Professional Course : TSO/ISPF
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The Complete Mainframe Professional Course : TSO/ISPF

Volume 1: Introduction to Mainframe Computers, TSO commands, ISPF commands, Allocation and Operations on datasets
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Created by Abhishek Rathi
Last updated 7/2017
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify the various Mainframe Terminologies.
  • Run TSO/ISPF commands on a Mainframe.
  • Create datasets on a Mainframe and perform operations on them.
  • Identify the Operating system and Programming languages used on Mainframes.
  • This will build a base to learn further about programming in mainframes.
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Requirements
  • Access to a mainframe will be beneficial but is not necessary.
  • No previous experience in mainframe required.
Description

Heard about Mainframe but not sure how to get started? This course will teach you what you want to know. This is the first step for anyone who wants to learn about Mainframes so you can start a new career as a Mainframe Professional.

  • This Course is DIRECT and TO THE POINT.
  • 2+ hours of video content and 25+ lectures.
  • I also UPDATE this course periodically to include even more Videos and Projects. New Resources and Articles are also added.
  • Join Over 1,000+ Students Who Have Enrolled In this Udemy Course.
  • If you ever have any questions please feel free to message me directly and i will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible!

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Build a foundation in Mainframe with this tutorial for beginners.

You will Learn:

  • What a Mainframe Computer is.
  • The various Technologies and Terminologies associated with Mainframes.
  • Running TSO/ISPF Commands on a Mainframe
  • Creating datasets and performing operations on them
  • Identify the different programming languages and Operating systems used on mainframe


A Powerful Skill at Your Fingertips  Mainframe is extensively used in large corporations which deal with huge amount of data every day. Over 70% of the global Fortune 500 companies use Mainframe to run their business for everything from cloud to mobile to big data and analytics. Now, there are 1.1 million customer transactions per second on Mainframes compared with just 40,000 searches on Google per second. IBM is the leading manufacturer of the Mainframe Systems.


Content and Overview  Through this course of 2 hours of content, you’ll learn about the Mainframes and establish an understanding of the mainframe system.

Starting with an overview of the Mainframes, this course will take you through the types of datasets, Operating systems and data processing used on mainframes.

With these basics mastered, the course will take you through TSO commands, will introduce you to ISPF commands, allocation of datasets and then the different operations you can perform on the datasets.

Upon completion you will be literate in Mainframe terminology, understand how datasets are created, and how you can use commands to operate on the data in these datasets. You will gain enough knowledge to self learn further Mainframe topics such as JCL.

NOTE: This is a Command/Operation based course. It does not cover Programming in COBOL. It covers the Commands and Operations in TSO/ISPF Panel only.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to start a career in Mainframes but dont know where to start.
  • IT professionals looking for a switch in their careers.
  • Mainframe Professionals who want to brush up their knowledge about mainframes.
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
02:56:47
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What are Mainframes?
6 Lectures 12:14

Syllabus for this course.

Preview 00:40

The lecture gives an overview of what a mainframe is, what it is used for and what are its features.

Preview 02:07

The lecture gives an overview of the operating systems used on mainframes. At the end of the lecture you will be able to identify the meaning behind the names of these operating systems.

Operating systems used on Mainframe
02:33

Introduction to the programming languages used on the mainframes. Also you will be able to identify the front end and back-end technologies used on the mainframes.

Languages used on Mainframes
02:02

This lecture describes the ways in which you can process the data on the mainframes. At the end of this lecture you will be able to distinguish between the Batch and Online Transaction processing on mainframes.

Types of Data Processing on Mainframes
03:03

Batch processing explained using Whiteboard animation

Batch Process
01:49

Quiz around the main concepts of a mainframe system

Quiz on the basic concepts
4 questions
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TSO
2 Lectures 12:31

TSO - Time sharing option is introduced in this lecture. 

TSO overview
01:03

In this lecture we logon to a mainframe and run commands on the TSO command prompt. At the end of this lecture you will be able to do operations on a mainframe such as allocating, renaming and listing datasets on mainframes. 

Preview 11:28
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ISPF
2 Lectures 10:06

The ISPF panel is explained in detail in this lecture. At the end of this lecture you will be able to browse through an ISPF panel on your own.

Preview 04:46

The PF(Program Function) keys are explained in this lecture. At the end of this lecture you will be able to customize the ISPF panel according to your need as well as assign different function to the Fn keys on your keyboard.

PF Keys and customizing ISPF panel
05:20
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Dataset allocation
3 Lectures 24:42

This lecture describes the types of datasets that are used on mainframes. At the end of this lecture you will understand what a dataset is and its equivalent on the Personal computer.

Preview 04:11

The Rules for allocating datasets on mainframes is explained in detail. These rules are sometimes called the "Dataset naming convention". At the end of this lecture you will be able to name your datasets on mainframe according to the rules.

Dataset naming convention
07:05

Detailed description of allocating a PS and PDS on a mainframe. At the end of this lecture you will be able to allocate PS and PDS datasets on your own. You will also understand the various parameters of a dataset on a mainframe.

Create a new PS and PDS dataset
13:26
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Operations on Datasets.
6 Lectures 28:36

Copy data from one dataset to another is explained in detail. At the end of this lecture you will be able to copy through an ISPF panel on a mainframe.

Copy Data from one dataset to another
07:49

Moving data from one dataset to another is explained. The difference between COPY and MOVE is also described.

Move Data from one dataset to another
02:56

You will be able to understand the need and the different option available on the ISPF to compare datasets.

Compare datasets
05:49

This lecture describes how to list different datasets on the mainframe based on the qualifiers. At the end of this lecture you will be able to search for a particular dataset as well as find a specific information about a string inside a dataset.

Search datasets
05:31

This lecture describes the renaming and deleting of datasets through the TSO and ISPF.

Preview 03:22

This lecture describes the Edit, View and browse operation on the mainframe. At the end of this lecture you will be able to differentiate between EDIT, VIEW and BROWSE commands.

EDIT, VIEW and BROWSE datasets
03:09
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Commands
3 Lectures 22:20

This lecture describes the In-Line Commands also known as EDIT-Line commands. After completing this lecture you will be able to edit, enter, change or delete data inside a dataset.

In-Line commands
07:44

Description of the Commands you can run on the ISPF command line. At the end of this lecture you will be able to do operations like FIND, CHANGE, CUT etc through the ISPF.

ISPF commands
08:46

This lecture describes how you can navigate to a particular line inside a dataset. At the end of this lecture you will be able to use different commands and function keys to reach to any column or row in a dataset.

Navigation to a particular line in datasets
05:50
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Advanced Commands
4 Lectures 11:03

This lecture defines various PROFILE options. At the end of this lecture you will be able to run commands such as CAPS, HEX, AUTOSAVE through ISPF.

Preview 02:45

This lecture describes the three commands, similar to History on a PC, Retrieve Nretriev and Autotype. At the end of this lecture you will be get the list of the datasets and commands you last accessed on the mainframe.

RETRIEVE, NRETRIEV and AUTOTYPE
02:15

At the end of this lecture you will understand why you need to compress a dataset. Also you will know the difference between a PDS and a PDSE.

Compress a PDS
03:39

This lecture describes how you can create a PDS member from inside of the PDS. At the end of this lecture you will be able to create a new member without using the 3.2 option.

Create a new PDS and its member from command line
02:24
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Resources to further strengthen your understanding of Mainframes
2 Lectures 01:00

Information and resources for the Master the Mainframe contest organized by IBM annually.

Master the Mainframe Contest
00:51

Mainframe IBM Systems Magazine - January/February 2017 edition
00:09
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Bonus - Volume 2 - JOB CONTROL LANGUAGE (JCL)
7 Lectures 54:22

JOB CONTROL LANGUAGE is used to submit jobs to the Mainframe systems. Overview of the JCL is explained in this video.

Preview 02:23

The syntax of the JCL is explained. The requirements to write a JCL program is also explained.

Preview 04:37

JOB statement is the first statement in any JCL program. The Job statement is explained in detail including all the parameters of the JOB statement.

JOB Statement
11:50

EXEC statement tells the system what programs/procedures to execute in the JCL. The EXEC statement and its parameters are explained in details.

EXEC Statement
09:13

Dataset Definition statement specifies all the files that are to be used in the JCL. DD Statement and its parameters are explained in detail.

DD Statement
13:16

JCL is coded from scratch. JOB, EXEC and DD statements are coded to sort a file. The job is then submitted to the system and the output file is analyzed to check whether the job ran fine or not.

Lets run our first JCL
08:26

Every job step sets a return code based on the status of the execution. Return codes are explained in this video. Difference between return code and MAXCC is also explained.

Return Codes
04:37
About the Instructor
Abhishek Rathi
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2,297 Students
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Mainframe programmer

I have several years of Professional Experience in Computer Programming on Mainframe systems. I handle Daily Batch Processes for Multi National Firms handling over 5 million transactions per day, with cash flow worth $3 billion. My mainframe experience involve COBOL, CICS, JCL, TSO, ISPF, VSAM, DB2.

I am on UDEMY to share the knowledge i gained through my work.