IBM is detailing its technical roadmap for its Cics transaction software at this year's Cics Technical Conference, running until 5 June in Washington DC. The focus is very much on full integration of legacy applications with the Internet and Java.
Last month saw the announcement of Cics Clients and Cics Gateway for Java, building on the Java and Internet facilities provided in the 1996 announcement of Cics Transaction Server Version 1.1. It was a major enhancement with support for Parallel Sysplex clustering and the first Web and Java facilities.
Last year's Cics Gateway for Java V2 allows Internet access to Cics servers; the Cics Gateway for Java links the enterprise with the Internet.
This year's conference includes sessions on Visual Age tools for Java; 'Spinning the Web Around Cics'; accessing Cics from the Web; and 'Corba, WWW, Java - Cics' evolution into an object server'.
By the end of the year IBM says Java will wrap around Cobol code and developers will soon be able to ignore Cobol, directly accessing Cics with Java.
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