ATC-CCAP - Cobol/CICS Application Programming


Duration: 5.0 days
CICS Command Level Programming provides an understanding of the CICS system, application environment and typical applications. The structure of CICS pseudo-conversational application programs are discussed and reviewed in detail. The course consists of a series of lectures, discussions and class exercises with hands-on programming sessions.


  • Write, compile, walk-thru, and execute CICS programs
  • Demonstrate the use of major CICS commands
  • Develop user screens utilizing Basic Mapping Support (BMS)
  • Assemble, test, and debug BMS maps
  • Access data in a CICS program from a VSAM file, a DB2 table, a TD queue, a TS queue
  • Compile, debug, and execute CICS programs


CICS Command Level Programming is intended for programmers who must understand the flow of CICS and write and debug CICS COBOL application programs.


CICS concepts and terminology
  • CICS concepts, facilities, components
  • Eight steps in CICS program development

Using Basic Mapping Support (BMS)

IBM 3270 display screen characteristics
  • Coding BMS macros instructions

CICS Command Level programming
  • Program design concepts - Pseudo-conversational
  • Command Level COBOL

Program Design (beyond the basic commands)

The EXEC Interface Block (EIB)
  • Terminal Control
  • CICS File Control commands
  • Exceptional Condition Control
  • Special programming techniques

Program control facilities

'Transfer' to another program (XCTL)
  • 'Link' to a sub-program (LINK)
  • Return control (RETURN)
  • The Communications Area

Test and Debugging

Overview of storage control facilities
  • Transient data queues
  • Temporary storage queues
  • Journaling
  • CICS system tables


  • Six months of experience with TSO/ISPF 
  • Job Control Language (JCL) And MVS Utilities 
  • COBOL Basic Programming



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