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An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 007-6092038306
ISBN-10: 0131856715
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From the Back Cover

The Only Up-to-the-Minute Guide to IMS Version 9--Straight from IBM IMS Experts

  • Introduces IMS, one of the world's premiere software products
  • Thoroughly covers key IMS functions, from security to Java support
  • For both new and experienced IMS administrators, programmers, architects, and managers
  • Prerequisite reading for IBM IMS Mastery Certificate Program

IMS serves more than 95 percent of Fortune 1000 companies, manages 15,000,000 gigabytes of production data, and supports more than two hundred million users per day. The brand-new IBM IMS Version 9 is not just the world's #1 platform for very large online transaction processing: it integrates with Web application server technology to enable tomorrow's most powerful Web-based applications. Now, for the first time in many years, there's a completely up-to-date guide to understanding IMS in your business environment.

An Introduction to IMS covers

  • Installing and configuring IMS Version 9
  • Understanding and implementing the IMS hierarchical database model
  • Understanding and working with the IMS Transaction Manager
  • Mastering core application programming concepts, including program structure and IMS control blocks
  • Taking advantage of IMS 9 Java programming enhancements
  • Working with the IMS Master Terminal
  • Administering IMS: system definition, customization, logging, security, operations, and more
  • Running IMS in a Parallel Sysplex(r) environment

Whether you've spent a career running IMS or you are encountering IMS for the first time, this book delivers the insights and skills you need to succeed--as an application designer, developer, or administrator.



About the Author

Dean H. Meltz, team lead for IMS Information Development at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab, in San Jose, California, has been an IMS technical writer for seventeen years.

Rick Long, IMS systems specialist with IBM's International Technical Support Organization (ITSO), writes about IMS and teaches IMS classes worldwide. He was previously an IMS systems programmer for IBM Global Services, Australia.

Mark Harrington, IMS systems programmer at IBM Global Services, UK, has spent twenty-two years working with IBM mainframes as developer, application designer, installer, and DBA.

Robert Hain has been an IMS systems programmer for seventeen years. He works for IBM Global Services, Melbourne, Australia, as part of the Telstra Alliance.

Geoff Nicholls, a member of IBM's Worldwide IMS Technical Support Team, works with IMS customers throughout Australia and Asia.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131856715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131856714
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Jacek on November 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After giving a very brief history of IMS, the authors give us a guided tour of its extensive capabilities.

You will learn that IMS has continually evolved from its roots as a hierarchical database to an industrial strength transaction manager that services both SNA and TCP/IP and supports Java, XML and SQL access via stored procedures.

This book does not attempt to describe every nuance of all the IMS features. Instead, it touches upon each capability and discusses the most-used functions. If there is more to know, the reader is directed to the applicable IMS manuals (available on the web).

You can sit down and read this book cover to cover, or you can reference individual chapters to find out what you need, when you need it.

This reference will be close at hand on my bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BL Green on May 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've been documenting IMS- and DB2-related products for almost 20 years. I had the pleasure of working with Dean Meltz on a long ago version of IMS, and knew then that his knowledge of the database was detailed and comprehensive.

I'm so glad that he was able to put much of that knowledge into one, easy-to-understand IMS primer. While many IMS gurus are retiring, and replacements are hard to find, I think this book is a staple for any IMS shop. This is not an operator's reference. (IMS already has a good one of those.) But it does provide a good overview of database structure and design and explains key points well, with very good illustrations.

This book is a much needed addition to IMS literature. I'm sure it will stand the test of decades, just as the database has done.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon A. Burke on June 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the most complete reference book for IMS I have ever seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Marc Duval on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is exactly the good level to understand internals of IMS and therefore beginning to work with this product.
I am an expert about this product, but I don't used to IMS every day. That 's why this book is interesting for me.
I recommand this book about a large audience, beginners up to experts about this subject
Best regards
Jean Marc
jmduval@numericable.fr
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