- IBM z/OS with a TSO userid and password
- PC or terminal connectivity to the mainframe
- PROC (or equivant JCL or tool) to compile
- Valid JOB statement
- Specific JCL names for installation, such as UNIT=for disks
Please note: The hardware and software above will produce the same results as the exercise answers indicate. You can however run the course exercises using Micro Focus COBOL compiler (runs on MS Windows) and acheive the same answers. There are some slight differences: there is no "blocking" of records, records usually end in two extra characters - CR/LF (Carriage Return/Line feed), and the concept of FB (Fixed Block) is unknown on the PC. Otherwise the COBOL compilers should support most activities within the course.