Although I have never officially held a position that would allow me to claim to be a Systems Programmer, in several of my jobs I performed functions that would typically be performed by Systems Programming staff. So I have constantly sought ways to improve my own education in that area.
Listed below are some resources (Internet accessible and books currently in print) for IBM MVS and OS/390 Systems Programming information.
The ABC's of Systems Programming is a five-volume set of IBM Redbooks designed to introduce the structure of the OS/390 and S/390 operating environment. The set is an invaluable reference to help the beginning systems programmer in the installation, tailoring, and configuration of an OS/390 operating system. The series is available for download in Adobe™ Portable Document Format at:
To view PDF's on the web or offline you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader. It installs as a plug in to your browser and gets launched when you click on a PDF. The free Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Two books that thoroughly cover the territory of advanced assembler language programming and MVS systems programming are: MVS Systems Programming, by Dave Elder-Vass and Advanced Assembler Language and MVS Interfaces, by Carmine A. Cannatello.
IBM Manuals on the Web
IBM manuals are also available in BookManager format, which can be viewed with reader software that is available for DOS, Windows, and OS/2 (the DOS version may be used on UNIX systems under DOS emulation software). To download the free IBM Library Reader, use the link: http://booksrv2.raleigh.ibm.com/homepage/ilrserv.html.
In order to download a publication's BookManager file, first use your browser to navigate to the desired document's title page. Near the top of the page you will find this entry: Book Path: /u/ftp/books/... Utilizing this path information, construct a URL of the form: http://www.s390.ibm.com/ftp/books/... The resulting URL will utilize anonymous FTP to retrieve the BookManager file to your hard drive.
Mainframe Discussion List
MVS Utilities Discussion List
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This page was last updated on July 31, 2008.