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ISBN-13: 978-1890774141 ISBN-10: 1890774146 Edition: Revised

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Since the first edition of our JCL book came out in 1980, more than 165,000 programmers have learned JCL from it. Now, we think the improvements to this latest edition, both in the content itself and in the way it’s organized into paired pages, are going to make training and reference easier than ever before.

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We know how frustrating JCL can be. You write a program that requires some feature of JCL you haven’t used before. So you have to dig through the IBM manuals, trying to figure out which of the details apply to your situation. Or you have to copy a co-worker’s JCL without understanding it, crossing your fingers that the job will run. Or you have to consult the resident JCL “guru” in your shop, who tells you one secret at a time. Once you finally figure out a way to handle the JCL, you do it the same way forever…no matter if it’s the best way or if you know how it works.

But Murach’s OS/390 and z/OS JCL ends the frustration and lets you reach a new level of professionalism in a minimum of time. It takes a practical approach to JCL that zeroes in on everyday jobs, so you can learn to code significant job streams in a hurry. It’s filled with syntax and examples, so you have plenty of guides for coding JCL on your own. And all the content is presented in our distinctive paired-pages method that saves you so much training and reference time, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.


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Product Details

  • Series: Murach: Training & Reference
  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; Revised edition (April 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774141
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is excellently written; clear, concise, and easy to understand.
Paul King
This book is an excellent introduction to JCL for beginners, and I'd recommend it to anyone as a perfect introduction to the world of JCL and Z/OS.
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In other words, this is a very handy general purpose mainframe reference book, that will earn its place on my bookshelf.
Celia Redmore

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bret Pettichord on August 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Several years ago, i had to deal with a mainframe system. My attitude
then was to minimize my exposure as much as possible, as if it were a
disease. I figured that mainframes were obsolete and any time i spent
learning about them would be time wasted. Well, they are still around,
and i recently found myself having to advise some mainframe
testers. Mainframes are still around. It was time for me to learn more
about them.
I picked up Murach's OS/390 and z/OS JCL, and it does an excellent job
of describing the architecture and nomenclature of mainframe
systems. It presumes that you nothing about mainframe systems. To get
started, you should know that MVS, OS/390 and z/OS are all basically
interchangeable terms for the mainframe operating system (quibbling
over these terms would be like quibbling over whether Linux were a
Unix operating system). JCL is "job control language" and is the
original front end for mainframe systems when punch cards were their
primary external interface. There are now a number of easier
interfaces that allow you submit JCL to a mainframe.
Anyhow, this book has been a very valuable guide to me for
understanding the basics of mainframe systems and giving me the
information i need in order to analogies between it and other systems
that i know better. For example, i now know that a data set is kind of
like a file, a directory, or a filesystem, depending on how you look
at it. And i have some sense of what CICS and VSAM are.
I was also surprised to see such a modern book format on a topic that
i'm prone to consider dated. It's a large format with the text running
on the left hand pages and examples, diagrams and summaries on the
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jay Moseley on March 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
Murach's next entry in their upgraded OS/390 titles has arrived and you won't be disappointed. Raul Menendez updates the prior (1980) edition of their MVS JCL text. The result is a JCL training and reference book that should be the first book anyone aspiring to work on the OS/390 or z/OS platforms should acquire.
The first two chapters give a very condensed, but extremely thorough introduction and overview of IBM's mainframe environment from a hardware and operating system perspective. Since we continue to see forecasts that there will be a growing shortage of programmers for this environment, this is exactly the type of "quick start" introduction that will help bring new programmers up to speed. Chapter three gives a very quick overview of ISPF, enough to get started using ISPF to accomplish basic editing, submit jobs, and review job output.
Following the introductory section, Job Control Language is covered from the basics of statement format to how to accomplish more complex tasks - managing program execution, allocating disk and tape datasets, handling special circumstances of SYSOUT datasets, and using procedures. More advanced JCL skills, including conditional processing, job restart/recovery, creating and using generation data groups, and using the Storage Management Subsystem to allocate datasets is covered in the next section.
But this is much more than a simple text on Job Control Language. It includes a section on the basics of Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM), along with JCL required to create and use VSAM datasets. The chapter covering Access Method Services (IDCAMS) includes just about everything an application programmer will need to know to create and manage VSAM objects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tek Wallah on April 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I got more than I expected from "OS/390 and z/OS JCL". Not only were the chapters on JCL itself very clear and complete, but this was really a collection of small reference books. For example, there is a section on IDCAMS, which is going to be very useful, because it has all those parameters that I can never remember. There's another section on batch utilities, which shows you how to use them with HFS directories.
I would very much recommend this book to anyone new to z/OS -- or anyone like myself who gets annoyed at how difficult it is to find out some detail that they have just forgotten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Martyn on September 17, 2005
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My job requires me to write scripts on Windows and Unix platforms. I have no problem writing Windows batch files or Unix shell scripts to copy or move files, change permissions, create and delete directories, write results to log files, etc.

Recently, I was asked to write a mainframe script. I was told to write this script in Rexx. When I looked into Rexx, it was just another scripting language. It was not hard to understand how it worked. However, unlike Windows batch files or Unix shell scripts, there was more to writing a Rexx program than just knowing the Rexx language - I needed JCL to run it!! I had seen JCL before. I knew each job started with a JOB card and that it executed PROCs and PGMs. I also knew that I did not know nearly enough about JCL to write JCL to do what I wanted it to do. That's when I went to Amazon and found this book.

Not only did this book confirm what little I did know and correct some misundertandings I had, it went far more deeply into JCL to describe how to use many features that I did not know existed. One of the best features of this book is that it provides some background information on how mainframes work and the naming conventions used. This information is useful when JCL coding is introduced because the reader has a better idea of what the JCL is used for and what it happening with the various statements. JCL coding is not even introduced until Chapter 4!!

After the background information, this book then goes through the various aspects of JCL coding. The basics of what I needed to know to run my Rexx program were addressed as were many concepts that I can now put in my "bag of tricks" for future projects. I am sure most of our mainframe programmers do not know most of this material.
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