Working in a support role, a common task involves checking the output of previous jobs via ISPF - and, more specifically SDSF. Well naturally, there's always a better way.
For a while now (must check when), z/OS has provided an FTP interface to the JES facilities. This allows for all sorts of goodness:
- being able to list jobs
- retrieving all output datasets for a job
- submitting jobs.
What's that? You'd rather use SDSF than an FTP command line to inspect output. Of course you would. But what if you could craft a custom Java interface! Now we're talking. Say tuned for more details.