IBM Explorer for z/OS (z/OS Explorer) is an Eclipse-based integration platform for z/OS users. Built using a continuous integration & delivery pipeline following a DevOps transformation in IBM z Systems Software, z/OS Explorer and its corresponding Eclipse tools for Mainframe offer a highly extensible & compatible suite of tools & capabilities that significantly enhances z/OS tools user experience.
z/OS Explorer strategically enables integration with popular z/OS tools offerings such as the IBM Problem Determination tools, IBM Rational Developer for z Systems, IBM CICS Explorer and IBM CICS tools, via an IBM Installation Manager’s composite repository or an Eclipse p2 composite Update Site. For instance, z/OS Explorer can provide a single Eclipse environment with the ability to administer an IBM CICS TS environment in conjunction with development and problem analysis tools.
Connectivity to z/OS
z/OS Explorer is able to connect to z/OS through a number of connectivity protocols. Direct connectivity is available through File Transfer Protocol (FTP) as well as through z/OSMF V1.13 or higher. This provides a set of capabilities to view and manipulate data sets and UNIX™ file and folders, as well as to submit jobs and view their spool output. A richer set of functions to work with data sets, UNIX files, and jobs is available by installing a host component.
Remote System Explorer (RSE)
The default perspective shows content provided by the Remote System Explorer (RSE) that communicates with the host component using a user ID and password, or a client-side SSL certificate. z/OS Explorer allows expanding into the UNIX file system, data sets (also known as MVS™ files), jobs (also known as JES), and TSO.
To improve the experience of maintaining IBM Eclipse-based offerings built on z/OS Explorer, the push-to-client technology enables a system administrator to set up a policy to enable all connecting workbenches to be updated upon connection to the server. This simplifies the task of deploying maintenance of plug-ins. The centrally managed policy ensures all users are using the right level of plug-ins based on the policy and frequency of updates required.
Smart JCL editor
Smart JCL editor offers syntax highlighting and checking as well as auto-completion support working with Job Control Language.
TSO command console
The TSO command console enables users to issue TSO commands. It can be launched through RSE and these shells accept TSO command input and show the results.