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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.

Mainframe Analyzer - support for IBM MQSeries

In CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.16, Mainframe Analyzer supports the publisher/subscriber mode and point-to-point mode for IBM MQSeries. Publisher/Subscriber objects will be generated and Call links between Cobol objects and IBM MQ objects and between IBM MQ objects and Cobol objects will be generated by the Web Services Linker extension - you must ensure that v. ≥ 1.6.8 of this extension is installed, otherwise no links will be generated.

You can find out more information about this support in Mainframe - Technical notes.

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:

Note that these changes mean that the following Dashboards and RestAPI deployments must be used with CAST AIP 8.3.16 schemas:

  • Version ≥ 1.11.1 of standalone dashboard WARs
  • Version ≥ 1.12.0 of CAST AIP Console for embedded dashboards
  • The dashboard WARS delivered with CAST AIP (in the WARS folder). Note that these dashboards are set to version 1.5 and do not contain any enhancement introduced in more recent standalone dashboard package WARS.

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.