FA C T SHEE T: F il E- A iD / M V S


File-AID/MVS, used daily by more than 3,000 customers worldwide, is the industry standard for file and data management. File-AID/MVS has the scope and flexibility to let users customize data to match their needs, while providing exceptional dependability to handle potentially costly problems with production data.
Designed for application and system developers, File-AID/MVS allows quick and convenient access to the necessary data and files in batch or interactive environments. As the industry standard for the developer’s data management toolset, File-AID provides superior usability, functionality and quality. File-AID/MVS offers a wide range of file and data management capabilities required to perform everyday data-related tasks. File-AID/ MVS enables IT professionals to easily create test data, resolve production problems and make global JCL changes quickly and easily, eliminating the need to write and debug one-time programs or learn multiple batch utilities.

No other product provides as much power and flexibility as File-AID/ MVS to create test data specific to individual needs and securely resolve production problems.

The File-AID/MVS edit facility allows you to work with all standard file types, regardless of record length or format. It also provides an audit trail of the changes made during an edit session.

Developers familiar with ISPF can immediately use File-AID/MVS to work with data that is not accessible through ISPF. The ISPF-like facilities of File-AID/MVS allow you to allocate, copy, browse and edit VSAM, ISAM, BDAM, HFS and sequential files with record lengths of up to 32 KB. The full-screen edit mode lets you edit these file types using standard ISPF commands such as INSERT, REPEAT, COPY, MOVE, DELETE, FIND and CHANGE. You can also copy and paste records between files.

The File-AID/MVS character edit mode lets you edit files using most standard ISPF-like commands.

copying and printing. ISAM and IAM. The members of this dataset contain lists of datasets to be concatenated and used for the Record Layout Dataset. Further simplify the process by using COBOL or PL/I record layouts to create a reformat definition of the input and output data. blank lines and compiler directives – disregard multiple blanks from lines to get accurate compares – set selection criteria as part of the compare process – compare members of the same library (PANVALET or LIBRARIAN) • SuPPoRT FoR oCCuRS DEPEnDing on (oDo) AnD REFER in SElECTion CRiTERiA File-AID/MVS provides selection criteria support for ODO (COBOL) and REFER (PL/I) for all occurrences within an ODO. File-AID/MVS supports an array of data files including VSAM. editing. source code and JCL compare allows you to easily compare two data files or objects. and copy only valid records. based upon field content. diagnose abends and incorrect results by comparing load modules compare files with different record layouts by indicating which fields or record positions to compare compare source code – convert letters to upper-case before comparing – exclude comments. You can select the precise data you need. by reducing the test file size. The File-AID/MVS reformat function permits the input file to be reformatted as it is copied. PDS. Instead of specifying a Record Layout Dataset. • • ConCATEnATED RECoRD lAyouT SuPPoRT in XREF File-AID/MVS lets you access multiple record layouts within an XREF. EVERY and ALL to the ARRAY and OCCURS primary commands improves the display and criteria specification of ODOs. if necessary use compare criteria to specify fields to include/exclude during the compare. sequential. comparing. The System Parameters screen includes the option to define a Concatenated Files Dataset. You can use the reformat function to: • copy records that meet specified conditions AuToMATE CoMPARiSonS Validation of test results often involves a tedious manual comparison of “before” and “after” test files. HFS. BDAM. Adding a parameter of ANY. in addition to COBOL and PL/I source code and JCL streams. you specify the name of the member that contains the list of datasets to be concatenated. including subsequent data and ODOs. eliminating the need to determine where fields begin and end. prefixed with a plus sign (+membername).The File-AID/MVS formatted edit mode makes edit tasks easier and less error-prone. to customize data for a particular application and specific conditions. you also reduce the testing runtime. . • • • • compare JCL by line or by keywords at the statement level exclude comments and in-stream data from compare create customized compare reports compare all members of a PDS in one pass by matching the member name use wild cards. You can: • • • • add a new field to the target file and initialize it reorganize fields in a file by defining a new structure for the target file validate fields from the source file. QuiCkly REFoRMAT FilES Save time by modifying an existing file format rather than starting from scratch. • CoMPREHEnSiVE SElECTion CAPAbiliTiES File-AID/MVS provides extensive selection capabilities that save DASD and time needed to test. This helps ensure you test all conditions of a program. And. selection criteria can be reused when browsing. The File-AID/MVS full-featured data. Once you define them.

PowERFul. FAST. Flexible options are provided for the compare process. REliAblE JCl ConVERSionS File-AID/MVS can save hours. so it can process multiple physical lines as a single. eliminating the need to know the optimal settings. File-AID/MVS recognizes JCL continuation characters. record lengths or record formats. FileAID/MVS lets you perform multiple tasks in a single pass through a file. File-AID/MVS lets you work with data in a batch environment. logical JCL statement. ensuring the validity of your test results. Multiple records can be merged into one. ISAM and IAM files. HFS. days or even weeks of painstaking work converting JCL libraries to accommodate changes in hardware. and the File-AID/MVS online Copy utility copies only the records satisfying those criteria. TEST DATA CREATion File-AID/MVS enhances the productivity of application developers by simplifying test data creation and assisting in routine functions such as: Finding files: If you can’t remember the name of a file to use as a template for creating customized test data. Batch processing is also useful when online access to production files is restricted. use the VTOC utility to find it anywhere in the MVS environment. Customizing data: The File-AID/MVS editor lets you modify your data interactively without writing a program. File-AID/MVS can apply one or more global changes to all members of JCL libraries. The global editor lets you quickly initialize any fields to the desired value before running your tests. File-Aid/MVS makes it easy to compare data in any two files. You can also model the attributes of a new dataset after those of an existing dataset. Once batch jobs are created. regardless of the file type. PDS. Using the Compare function. VSAM. You can interactively specify the selection criteria. For more efficient processing. including linear and Generation Data Group (GDG) datasets. . Allocating test files: The File-AID/ MVS VSAM and Dataset utilities let you allocate any file type online. FlEXiblE bATCH PRoCESSing When working with very large files or data on tape. This makes it easier for you to ensure all conditions of your program are tested. File-AID/ MVS processes all file types. Copying data: File-AID/MVS lets you quickly populate the allocated dataset with data from a production or master test file. naming conventions or accounting standards. you can submit them online and save them to be reused. so you can edit JCL libraries. sequential. BDAM. users can easily compare two source programs. Self-documenting control cards combined with extensive reporting and TALLY capabilities make File-AID/ MVS the safe and logical choice when working with production data. with the option to preview online or in batch. or a single record can be split among multiple files.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Create XML documents with the XMLGEN command from edit and browse. such as RACF. and File-AID/MVS does the rest. anywhere in an MVS environment. experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. web sites. 07. The File-AID/MVS online Browse utility allows you to check the data visually. the VTOC utility identifies lost and free space and provides information for computing file sizes when migrating production systems. The Library utility displays information about load library members that is useful when diagnosing problems with third-party software. Validating data: File-AID/MVS helps you make sure the results of your test are correct. File-AID/MVS lets you selectively print the contents of the file. It identifies the address. accurate resolution of production data problems Easier problem diagnosis for packaged software Simplified environment for data handling Fast and reliable conversions Easier maintenance of old applications PowERFul DiAgnoSiS AnD AnAlySiS The File-AID/MVS VTOC and Library utilities allow for quicker reactions to system problems. builT-in inTEgRiTy File-AID/MVS was designed with built-in safeguards to help ensure data integrity and minimize the risk of unintentional data changes. including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U. given any qualifier. or written to the Systems Management Facility log. the FIND INVALID command allows you to search for data that does not match its field description. link-edit attributes of the load module and more. assembly/compile date and applied ZAPs for CSECTs. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. the technology performance company. It works with installed security packages. You can also display information that cannot be obtained online using standard ISPF. Simply identify the correlation between the old and new record layouts. Compuware solutions make the world’s most important technologies perform at their best for leading organizations worldwide. CA-Top Secret or CA-ACF2.11 19976 • One Campus Martius • Detroit. Compuware Corporation world Headquarters © 2011 Compuware Corporation Compuware products and services listed within are trademarks or registered trademarks of Compuware Corporation. Use the Compare utility to compare the test file’s contents before and after the test. Reformatting files: File-AID/MVS lets you restructure a data file (add or remove fields. provides software. change field lengths) without writing a one-time program. This facility is available in online or batch modes.com/File-AID Compuware Corporation. Use the TALLY function to total field values and ensure they equal the expected value. please visit: compuware. The VTOC utility allows you to find any file. Learn more at: compuware.com.The extensive selection capabilities of File-AID/MVS help reduce the size of test files and customized files for specific test situations.S. The VTOC utility also displays or prints physical DASD volume characteristics. It also records “before” and “after” images of every record that has been changed during an edit session. Benefits of File-AID/MVS • • • • • • • • Increased developer productivity Immediate reduction in test time Higher-quality testing Fast. length. even using record layouts as templates if desired. For example. providing an audit trail of file maintenance activity. When using record layouts as templates. MI 48226-5099 . Printing data: Use File-AID/MVS to document your test data results or review test results with end users. To learn more about Compuware File-AID.