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This extension provides support for Mainframe (Cobol, CICS, JCL, IMS...). If your application contains Mainframe source code and you want to view these object types and their links with other objects, then you should install this extension.

Technical information


When installed, this extension replaces the Mainframe Analyzer embedded in CAST AIP Core:

  • The Mainframe Analyzer embedded in AIP Core will continue to exist and will be shipped "out of the box" with AIP Core.
  • Critical bugs will continue to be fixed in the Mainframe Analyzer embedded in AIP Core but no new features or functionality will be added.
  • The Mainframe Analyzer extension will have exactly the same features and functionality on release as the Mainframe Analyzer embedded in AIP Core, therefore analysis results will be identical.
  • The Mainframe Analyzer is compatible with AIP Core ≥ 8.3.26.
  • All future development of the Mainframe Analyzer (new features, functionality etc.) will be completed in the Mainframe Analyzer extension only. Critical bug fixes will be fixed in the Mainframe Analyzer extension (as well as the analyzer embedded in AIP Core).
  • The behaviour is as follows:
    • Nothing is automatic - for both AIP Console and "legacy" CAST AIP deployments, the Mainframe Analyzer extension must be manually downloaded and installed in order to use it
    • If the extension is installed, CAST AIP Console/CAST Management Studio will automatically detect that it exists and will use the extension rather than the analyzer embedded in AIP Core.
    • Once the extension has been installed and used to produce analysis results, it is not possible to reverse this choice by removing the extension and re-analyzing the source code again.

Features / support added in the extension

IBM MQ Series

The analyzer supports IBM MQSeries (see Mainframe - Technical notes), but the following support has been added in the extension:

  • MQSeries objects are now supported via Batch and CICS environments (ex: CSQBOPEN, CSQCOPEN).
  • MQSeries objects are now identified without the copybook CMQODV.

Function Point, Quality and Sizing support