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CICS Active Pages deliver modern programming paradigm to CICS.

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Have you ever wished that you could develop web applications as easily and quickly as the JSP and ASP programmers do? CICS Active Pages (CAPS) is coming to the rescue. With this new scripting based solution - you can embed your code in the web page like the programmers of other technologies have been doing for years already. Check it out at: Please make sure you also access the white paper that is available at

Site Changes

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SPAM Due to an insane amount of spam being posted as comments I will have to stop any postings from non registered users by Friday November 10. After Friday you will have to login or create an account to post news or comments. I would have preferred to have the site open for anyone to post but these spam posts will completely take the site over. New Content CICS Tools is a section for listing CICS tools and software with links to the vendor. (The list is a work in progress, and is by far not complete yet.) Feel free to add software to this list or to correct information if you see something wrong. Also any recommendations on the classification of the tools will be appreciated. I'm working on a section for "Services" (consulting etc.) and will have that up and available in a few days. Thanks. Ian

Ask Ian Mitchell

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For most of us in the CICS community Ian Mitchell needs no introduction. But I will go ahead and introduce him anyway. Ian has been working at IBM Hursley on CICS since 1987 and is currently a Senior Architect on CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. Obviously he is a man with his finger on CICS's pulse. I approached Ian and asked him if he would be interested in taking part in an interview with the CICS community and he graciously agreed. Here is our chance to ask Ian any questions related to CICS! (You can try asking Rugby, Cricket or Football (soccer) questions but they may go unanswered).

IBM Simplify Programming for Mainframe

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IBM Announces Five-Year March to Mainframe Simplification! The market for mainframes and other high-end servers shrank from $19 billion in 2000 to below $12 billion last year, according to IDC research director Steve Josselyn. IBM retains the leading share of the field and reaps a significant bounty from the software and maintenance associated with mainframes. But sales of the machines themselves dropped 7.6 percent in 2005 and rebounded only 1.5 percent in the first half of this year. Now IBM is announcing an effort to simplify the operating system and programming language that run mainframes, which often take years for specialists to master.

Wish your Hard Drive a Happy 50th Birthday!

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Today, the hard drive is found everywhere--from the PCs we use daily to MP3 players and memory keys so small you can toss them in your pocket and forget you're carrying around a hard drive. But when the hard drive was first introduced on September 13, 1956, it required a humongous housing and 50 24-inch platters to store 1/2400 as much data as can be fit on today's largest capacity 1-inch hard drives. Back then, the small team at IBM's San Jose-based lab was seeking a way to replace tape with a storage mechanism that allowed for more-efficient random access to data. The question was, how to bring random-access storage to business computing? Read the rest of this story at PC World A timeline on the evolution of the hard drive can be found here
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