Play No Favorites – Use All the New Features in ClearPath OS 2200 Release 14.0

ClearPath Forward4 minutes readMar 21st, 2013
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Unisys has delivered ClearPath OS 2200 Release 14.0, the latest in a line of robust and increasingly capable operating software for ClearPath Dorado systems. Release 14.0 contains 111 software products, 39 of which include feature updates in this release.

Do you have a favorite product in OS 2200? I cannot. As a member of the leadership team that manages the OS 2200 R&D work, I love all my products equally and without reservations. Just as parents love all their children equally and without reservations.

But sometimes a specific product (or a specific child) does something special that deserves recognition. Let’s look at a few products that have done something special in Release 14.0.

First, the Exec. All OS 2200 users use the Exec to provide the basic resource management, security, and execution environment for applications. In Release 14.0 Exec contains an even dozen new features. Providing a Rollback Counter for each Step and an Idle Mark audit record that enable improved database recovery actions. Console improvements that accept wild cards in more keyins and provide better displays for complex areas such as facilities and device paths. Logging improvements for TPUR, TPM file selection, Dispatching Priority, and @SYM commands. Displaying a run’s elapsed time on the tail sheet, so users do not have to calculate it from start and end times. Enhancing the debuggability of the system by enabling dumps of application level subsystems and removing ZEROCTS. Applause to the Exec team for continuing to make the Exec more reliable and easier to use.

Second, the OS 2200 IDE for Eclipse. This modern, workstation-based development environment is now in use by several major customers for maintaining and enhancing their OS 2200 applications (Java, COBOL, C, and PLUS). In Release 14.0 the IDE contains 15 new features, more than any other product in the release. Multiple improvements in the ways that programmers can find, categorize, view, edit, navigate within, and save source code elements and work files. Adding still more automation to the Auto Build command. Support for SHARED# files at MHFS sites. Improved and optimized management of network connections to host systems. And an upgrade to the latest version 3.7.2 of Eclipse, leveraging fixes and features being provided by the Eclipse community. Kudos to the IDE team for responding quickly to the requirements of application developers newly adopting the IDE.

Third, RDMS. This database management system enables your DBAs and application developers to take advantage of relational technology within the security and transactional integrity of the OS 2200 environment. In Release 14.0 RDMS contains 11 new features. Optimizations in sorting. Additional syntax and built-in functions to ease the porting to OS 2200 of applications developed for Oracle. Saving stored procedure and trigger statements for later revision. If you haven’t started to use RDMS to manage some of your transaction data, give it a try. With OS 2200 Step Control and IRU, you can have a single transaction step access data in DMS, FCSS, RDMS, and SFS. All updates to all those databases will be committed or rolled back together in the single step.

Another eight products in Release 14.0 contain 5 or more new features each: CIFS, CPComm, CPCommOS, cpFTP, ePortal, Enterprise Output Manager, IRU, and Operations Sentinel.

Did I mention your favorite product? Perhaps not. Or perhaps, like me, you love them all.

You can see details about all the new features and their products in the Software Release Announcement for OS 2200 Release 14.0, 7848 4565–030. You can read about all the products in the OS 2200 Software Product Catalog, 78505252-017. Or simply search for “OS 2200 Release 14.0” on unisys.com.

But don’t play favorites when you are selecting new features to use. Use as many of them as you can to improve the usability and the capability of your OS 2200 environment. Your operations staff and development staff will thank you. And I will too, because I love all the features and want to see them in use.