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   XML for CICS Copybooks?

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  • From: "Steven J. Owens" <puff@netcom.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 10:33:41 -0700 (PDT)


     Does anybody know if there are IBM products to support automatic
conversion of data from IBM CICS "copybook" format to some flavor of

     I'm working on building a tool, in java, on Unix, to talk via MQ
Series to a CICS system.  I don't know a whole lot about CICS,
apparently the standard way to specify a data format in CICS is a
"copybook"; rather than build a piece-by-piece system to translate
data for each copybook, I'd like to find a CICS package that can
translate any given copybook & data into an XML DTD&document and then
have the java tool on the Unix side use an XML parser to parse the XML
into usable data objects.  This strikes me as a very good spot to use
something like XML.

     Unfortunately, I can't find anything about XML in CICS on the
web.  The closest I came was an article where somebody opined that IBM
would be adding XML stuff to MQSeries, CICS, and similar products
Sometime Real Soon Now, if they were smart.

Steven J. Owens

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