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Summary: CAST AIP 8.3.16 introduces a number of features and changes as listed below. To view the impacts of these changes on analysis results, see: Changes in results post upgrade.

CAST Extension Downloader

Some changes have been made to switch downloads to the "next generation" CAST Extend service (https://extendng.castsoftware.com). This new CAST Extend service is a replacement for the existing CAST Extend Service which will be phased out in due course. Note that to use https://extendng.castsoftware.com, you will need to register a new account (https://extendng.castsoftware.com/register) - accounts from the existing CAST Extend service have not been transferred.

Installing CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.16 from scratch

When installing CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.16 from scratch when no previous release of CAST AIP exists, the following servers will be pre-configured for extension downloads:

Note that you can manually add the URL of the existing CAST Extend service if you prefer to use it, however, you should bear in mind that this service will be phased out in due course.


CAST Database Extractor

The CAST Database Extractor now supports:

SAP / ABAP rules

"CX_ROOT" should not be used in TRY .. CATCH.. ENDTRY block (8412) 

The parent technical criterion for this rule was incorrectly set to 61020: Programming Practices - Modularity and OO Encapsulation Conformity, but it has been changed to 61014: Programming Practices - Error and Exception Handling. See also Changes in results post upgrade - 8.3.16.

Source code bookmarks implemented

Bookmarks indicating the position of violations in the source code have been implemented for the following SAP/ABAP rules:

Dynamic Links rule files

Dynamic Links rule files now function with SAP BusinessObjects and SAP PowerBuilder analysis results.

Changes to the structure of the Dashboard and Analysis Services schemas

Some changes have been made to the structure of the Dashboard and Analysis Service schemas to reduce the potential size of the Dashboard Service schema tables DSS_LINKS and DSS_LINK_INFO:

FP_LINK_INFO table (new)

Data (links with IDs from 11000 to 11006) related to CAST Transaction Configuration Center data functions and transactions that was previously stored in these two tables will now be stored in a new table called FP_LINK_INFO. This table now contains all object details of transactions/data functions. It has exactly the same structure as DSS_LINK_INFO:

SNAPSHOT_IDthe snapshot id
PREVIOUS_OBJECT_IDdata function or transaction
LINK_TYPE_IDbetween 11000 and 11006
NEXT_OBJECT_IDdetail object of a transaction/data function

Impact on Analysis Services schema

Details of transactions and data functions are now sent to a new table called DSS_FPLINKS (previously DSS_LINKS was used).

Transfer from Analysis to Dashboard Service schema

The links in DSS_FPLINKS in the Analysis Service schema are sent to the Dashboard Service schema via a new table called DSS_IN_FPLINKS (previously DSS_IN_LINKS was used).

Impact on Dashboard Services schema

The data related to details of transactions and data functions are now stored in a new table called FP_LINK_INFO (previously DSS_LINK_INFO was used).

Upgrade and impact

This change is handled by the CAST upgrade process and does not require any manual steps. All occurences of link_type_id between 11000 and 11006 will be:

If you have custom scripts that fetch data from any of the existing tables, please ensure that you update these scripts yourself.

MAINFRAME new feature.

IBM MQSeries.

From 8.3.16, Mainframe analyzer support the publisher/subsrcirber mode and point to point mode for IBM MQSeries.

Two type implementation:


Example Publisher/Subscriber:

Publisher a topic:

01 OBJECT-DESCRIPTOR.
	COPY CMQODV.
MOVE MQOT-TOPIC TO MQOD-OBJECTTYPE.
MOVE MQOD-VERSION-4 TO MQOD-VERSION.
MOVE ‘Fruit/Vegetal’ TO TARGET-TOPIC.
SET MQOD-OBJECTSTRING-VSPTR TO ADDRESS OF TARGET-TOPIC.
MOVE 18 TO MQOD-OBJECTSTRING-VSLENGTH.

...
DD MQOO-OUTPUT
        MQOO-FAIL-IF-QUIESCING GIVING OPTIONS.

CALL 'MQOPEN' USING HCONN,
              OBJECT-DESCRIPTOR,
              OPTIONS,
              Q-HANDLE,
			  MQCC, 
			  REASON.


CALL 'MQPUT' USING HCONN, 
			Q-HANDLE, 
			MESSAGE-DESCRIPTOR, 
			PMOPTIONS, 
			BUFFER-LENGTH, 
			BUFFER, 
			MQCC, 
			REASON. 



Subscriber a topic

01 SUB-DESCRIPTOR.
	COPY CMQSDV.
ADD MQSO-CREATE MQSO-MANAGED MQSO-FAIL-IF-QUIESCING
									GIVING MQSD-OPTIONS.
MOVE ‘Vegetal/Meal’ TO TARGET-TOPIC.
SET MQSD-OBJECTSTRING-VSPTR TO ADDRESS OF TARGET-TOPIC.
MOVE 18 TO MQSD-OBJECTSTRING-VSLENGTH.

...
CALL 'MQSUB' USING HCONN,
			SUB-DESCRIPTOR,
			Q-HANDLE,
			SUB-HANDLE,
			MQCC,
			REASON.

CALL 'MQGET' USING HCONN,
			Q-HANDLE,
			MESSAGE-DESCRIPTOR,
			GMOPTIONS,
			BUFFER-LENGTH,
			BUFFER,
			DATA-LENGTH,
			MQCC,
			REASON.





Result in enlighten:


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