Many mainframe shops have had some sort of quick code tool around for years. Most of those products are now owned by CA. And now many shops are looking for an alternative to them. z/Writer is the alternative you've been looking for.
z/Writer is the quick-code tool for z/OS. It features a simple syntax that is very similar to the other products. And, with our language "filters," you can run programs without any changes at all. Your programmers will be up and running with z/Writer in no time. It is written entirely in fast, efficient Assembler language to be easy on your CPU. Best of all, z/Writer is priced to save you money compared to your CA product.
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control statements use an easy, free format, COBOL–like syntax that's quickly learned
user–friendly field names can be up to 70 characters long, and allow full compatibility with existing COBOL, PL/1 and Assembler data names
work with any number of flat files and VSAM files
access DB2 tables, with our available DB2 Option
can automatically format "reports" as comma-delimited files, to export to PC
create and read back temporary work files, without any special JCL
handles complicated record layouts, including variably–located fields, fields located by pointer or pointer expressions, etc.
supports records that contain arrays, nested to any level
use your existing COBOL or Assembler record layouts instead of creating a data dictionary. Or, use Z-Writer's simple data dictionary for added functionality.
support for floating point data
produces efficient internal machine code that is easy on your CPU
make multiple reports (or output files) in a single file pass
macro expansion feature helps in supplying run-time parms
report lines are not limited to only 132 characters. Z-Writer can format a report as wide as your laser printer supports.
any number of control breaks allowed
allows complete control over formatting of numeric fields, including handling of special cases like telephone numbers, social security numbers, etc.
has special formatting options for international users
allows complete control over report titles, column headings (or just use the defaults)
includes an option to validity–check numeric data before processing it, to prevent S0C7 abends
ability to display file data in hexadecimal format, for analyzing invalid data
full program trace facility, to help when developing new program
translate fields from EBCDIC to ASCII and vice verse
supports full "boolean logic" (the use of AND, OR and NOT) in conditional expressions
ability to scan free format fields, to see if a certain text appears anywhere within the field
comparisons and computations are allowed among all numeric fields, (even if some are packed, some are binary, and others are zoned, etc.)
supports all types of mainframe data widely in use, including zoned, packed, BCD, signed and unsigned binary and hexadecimal floating point
full mathematical calculations are supported, including the use of many built–in functions
supports a full range of functions to manipulate string data, including powerful parsing features
"compress" formatting features lets you, for example, compress separate city, state and ZIP fields into a normal formatted line format
built–in fields provide the system date, time, jobname, etc.
ability to print full–page forms
full control of carriage control when printing reports
comes with thorough, clear documentation