IOF Release 8E

Features and Benefits

Feature: Download data sets using new IOF Email Interface

Benefits

  • Users can easily download data sets using email
  • Rexx applications can easily interface to send emails or download data sets
  • The email interface is supported as part of IOF
  • SEND commands under IOF now have a supported email interface
  • Email features can be customized and controlled using IOF options

Feature: Send detailed job status or reports using IOF Email Interface

Benefits

  • SEND now uses the new supported IOF Email interface
  • A batch job can email a completion notification with return codes
  • A batch job can email its own reports
  • Interactive users can email output from IOF display panels
  • New interface menus provide access to more SEND features
  • Simple commands make it easy to select sysouts for a job
  • Enhanced formats provide more meaningful defaults for subject, message, and PC file name
  • New formatting options give enhanced control over a jobís output on the PC
  • The html output format has been significantly improved
  • Any other email interface can also be supported by SEND (including XMITIP)
  • Multiple ZIP interfaces can be supported by SEND
  • Rexx applications can easily interface to send job output
  • SEND features can be customized and controlled using IOF options
  • The SEND infrastructure is now in place to easily support other output formats, like PDF

Feature: Scan the OPERLOG

Benefits

  • Scan the OPERLOG for a specific system
  • Scan the OPERLOG for a given time period
  • Independent from normal IOF LOG function

Feature: Capture any IOF display

Benefits

  • Users can create an exact copy of any IOF display
  • Applications can easily package detailed screen information
  • The user interface to capture a display is very simple
  • A user can capture all rows and columns, not just the displayed screen
  • Attribute bytes can be mapped to any desired characters
  • Advanced features (for execs) can capture intricate details of display structure
  • Rexx execs can gain access to low level details of screen fields
  • This feature provides a basic building block for interfacing with external systems

Feature: SNAP Enhancements

Benefits

  • Users and Rexx execs have significant new snap capabilities
  • New shortcuts are provided for doing simple snap operations
  • A customer option allows usage of a fixed target data set on the SD interface display
  • Users can now specify carriage control simulation using ASCII or HTML
  • Rexx execs can now:
    • Use native snap features to create base 64 output for binary data
    • Snap any allocated data set to the current snap target
    • Use very flexible snap features to simulate carriage control
    • Access many attributes of the current snap target
    • Access record counts and total bytes in current snap target
    • Defer disposition of a sysout target until after it is closed

Feature: Enhanced Rexx Interface Features

Benefits

  • More flexible and powerful Rexx applications are now possible
  • An exec can now easily check for specific allocations
  • DD names can be conditionally freed if they are allocated
  • The currently excluded sysouts on the IOF Job Summary can be saved and later restored
  • In a batch exec, the IOF session can be terminated with a selected return code
  • The IOF capture facility can provide detailed display field information for any IOF display
  • Additional attributes of the current session are available
  • New display fields for a job can be accessed

Feature: New IOF Installation Options in the IOF Options Library

Benefits

  • New and enhanced options offer significant customization and control
  • A new option allows redisplay of last data set specified on SD panel
  • A new option disables new IOF feature showing steps that executed before job restart
  • A new option enables attention interrupts of find commands in OPERLOG
  • A new option forces inclusion of userid in SAVEINDX data set names
  • Major new options can control usage of IOF email interface
  • Major new options can control usage of IOF SEND capability

Feature: New attributes accessible to Rexx Execs

Benefits

  • More information enables more sophisticated Rexx execs
  • Execs can be invoked after snap target is opened and query snap environment
  • Execs can examine the amount and structure of the data they just snapped
  • DD name and data set attributes are available for current snap data set
  • Record count, byte count, and maximum record size are available for current snap target
  • The jobid of the current userís session is now available
  • Access control macros can now check the name of the program that created a report

Feature: New Display Fields on IOF Job Summary

Benefits

  • Rexx execs can access additional information of the IOF Job Summary
  • New JESDS field for a sysout indicates YES for system data sets
  • New RESULT field in job information mimics RESULT field for job on Job List
  • New DEST, SYSID, and NODE fields are displayed in the job information

Feature: Structural Enhancements for Future Development

Benefits

  • Significant internal changes will simplify future development
  • Interfacing with external environments remains the primary focus
  • The CAPTURE command and its supporting code offer a concrete example
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