An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System

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IMS serves more than 95 percent of Fortune 1000 companies, manages 15,000,000 gigabytes of production data, and supports more than two hundred million users per day. The brand-new IBM IMS Version 9 is not just the world's #1 platform for very large online transaction processing: it integrates with Web application server technology to enable tomorrow's most powerful Web-based applications. Now, for the first time in many years, there's a completely up-to-date guide to understanding IMS in your business environment.

Whether you've spent a career running IMS and you need to quickly master IBM IMS Version 9, or perhaps you're among the thousands of IT professionals who are encountering IMS for the first time, this book delivers the insights and skills you need to succeed-as an application designer, developer, or administrator.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131856714
  • Publisher: IBM Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 558
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean H. Meltz, team lead for IMS Information Development at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab, in San Jose, California, has been an IMS technical writer for seventeen years.

Rick Long, IMS systems specialist with IBM's International Technical Support Organization (ITSO), writes about IMS and teaches IMS classes worldwide. He was previously an IMS systems programmer for IBM Global Services, Australia.

Mark Harrington, IMS systems programmer at IBM Global Services, UK, has spent twenty-two years working with IBM mainframes as developer, application designer, installer, and DBA.

Robert Hain has been an IMS systems programmer for seventeen years. He works for IBM Global Services, Melbourne, Australia, as part of the Telstra Alliance.

Geoff Nicholls, a member of IBM's Worldwide IMS Technical Support Team, works with IMS customers throughout Australia and Asia.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 IMS : then and now 3
Ch. 2 Overview of the IMS product 9
Ch. 3 Accessing IMS 17
Ch. 4 IMS and z/OS 27
Ch. 5 Setting up and running IMS 49
Ch. 6 Overview of the IMS database manager 61
Ch. 7 Overview of the IMS hierarchical database model 67
Ch. 8 Implementing the IMS hierarchical database model 83
Ch. 9 Data sharing 119
Ch. 10 The database reorganization process 123
Ch. 11 The database recovery process 151
Ch. 12 Overview of the IMS transaction manager 169
Ch. 13 How IMS TM processes input 195
Ch. 14 Application programming overview 217
Ch. 15 Application programming for the IMS database manager 241
Ch. 16 Application programming for the IMS transaction manager 281
Ch. 17 Editing and formatting messages 297
Ch. 18 Application programming in Java 311
Ch. 19 The IMS system definition process 329
Ch. 20 Customizing IMS 347
Ch. 21 IMS security 361
Ch. 22 IMS logging 367
Ch. 23 Database recovery control (DBRC) facility 375
Ch. 24 Operating IMS 405
Ch. 25 IMS system recovery 439
Ch. 26 IBM IMS tools 443
Ch. 27 Introduction to parallel sysplex 467
Ch. 28 IMSplexes 495
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IBM Information Management System (IMS) is one of the world's premiere software products. Period. IMS is not in the news and is barely mentioned in today's computer science classes, but it has been and, for the foreseeable future, will continue to be, a major, crucial component of the world's software infrastructure.

From its beginnings with NASA, IMS has provided the foundation that enables government agencies and businesses to manage, access, manipulate, and exploit their vast stores of data. As the Information Age evolves and matures, so does IMS.

The purpose of this book is twofold.

  • To introduce IMS to those who have not yet heard about it and provide basic education about this cornerstone product.
  • To reintroduce IMS to the computer science field in general.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Before reading this book

  • You should be able to describe the fundamentals of data processing, including the function of operating systems, access methods, and job control language (JCL). Specifically, you should be familiar with the z/OS operating system or any of its predecessors. The authors of this book assume that most readers are data processing professionals.
  • You should also have access to the IMS Version 9 library because there are many references in this book to the IMS Version 9 manuals. These manuals are listed in the Bibliography. You can either read the IMS manuals online or download them from the Library page of the IMS Web site. Go to and click on the "Library" link in the navigation pane on the left side of the page.

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