We’ve just released the latest z/OS Connect EE open beta. There are some important changes to the open beta which you should be aware of.

Open beta code now available for up to 120 days

We have extended the duration of the open beta to 120 days. We hope this will allow more time for you to evaluate the new features offered through our beta and to provide us feedback on what you do and don’t like with these features. Please use the z/OS Connect EE open beta forum to provide your feedback.

Open beta version of the API toolkit

We now provide a matching open beta version of the API toolkit to accompany the open beta z/OS Connect EE runtime. This open beta version of the toolkit will currently only run on Windows. You are strongly recommended to use this version of the API toolkit with the open beta z/OS Connect EE runtime to enjoy the full suite of new features available in both the toolkit and runtime, and also to ensure you maintain compatibility. For example, to try out the new IMS Database service provider, you must use this open beta version of both the API toolkit and z/OS Connect EE runtime.

Open beta build and expiry dates

The build date for this version of the z/OS Connect EE open beta runtime is 20190402-0752 and appears on the BAQR0000I message.

This version of the z/OS Connect EE open beta is due to expire on 31 July 2019 and appears on the BAQR9999I message. However, do not panic! A newer version of the open beta with additional enhancements will be available to download before this version expires.

Selective Tracking for API Provider

A new capability is available that enables monitoring products to implement selective tracking of z/OS Connect EE requests in the system of record processing the request. This is currently limited to API provider requests sent to CICS and IMS systems. To take advantage of this capability, interceptor writers must implement the new TrackingInterceptor interface.

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IMS Database service provider

With the IMS Database service provider, you can create services which query IMS™ databases by using SQL statements. Using the open beta API toolkit, you can create an IMS database service by specifying database connection information and an SQL query. You can then deploy the service, and create APIs to test it, all from within the API toolkit.

In this release of the open beta you can create and test a database service.

The open beta API toolkit has been enhanced with the following features:

  • You can create an IMS database service with a SQL query and a database connection profile. The following must be prepared prior to using the API toolkit to create the IMS database service:
    • The SQL SELECT query must be prepared and tested.
    • The database connection profile must be prepared in the defined XML format. A database connection profile template is provided.
  • The service editor allows renaming, including, excluding, and setting default values for request and response fields.
  • IMS database services can be deployed to a z/OS Connect EE server for testing from within the API Toolkit.

In this beta, only access to IMS databases through SQL SELECT queries are supported. SQL INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE commands are not supported.

IBM does not warrant that any version of the program that is formally released or made commercially available (if any) will be similar to, or compatible with, early release versions. Please let us know what you think about the IMS Database service provider, we value your feedback!

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WebSphere Liberty Profile

The version of WebSphere Liberty Profile embedded in this open beta is version The version level of the WebSphere Liberty Profile appears in both the top of the z/OS Connect EE messages.log file, and also in the STDOUT logfile.

Angel V10

The version of the angel shipped with WebSphere Liberty Profile V18.0.0.4 is version 10.
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Feedback please!

While we hope you enjoy these new features, do understand that features delivered in the open beta are not always delivered in the GA product. Please provide feedback on these new features using the z/OS Connect EE open beta forum as your feedback will help influence our decisions.

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