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As 2018 draws to an end, the CA Gen team wants to wish all of our loyal users a Happy Holiday Season and New Year.

 

2018 has provided a lot of change for the CA Gen team, most notably is the acquisition of CA Technologies in November.  Broadcom’s CEO, Hock Tan, has repeatedly publicly expressed the importance of the CA’s products, especially the Mainframe products, to his overall vision.

 

We are planning on hosting a webinar on January 15th to talk about our plans CA Gen going forward. A link to that webinar will be shared later this month.  We wanted to share prior to the holidays that our commitment to you is unchanged and we are excited for 2019.

 

Until that time, here are a couple links with messages from our leadership about the importance of Mainframe going forward.  

 

Hock Tan’s comments during Broadcom’s Q3 2018 Results Earning Call: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4204806-broadcom-inc-avgo-ceo-hock-tan-q3-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single

His focus on mainframe was noted at the end of his opening statement.

 

Here is a message from Greg Lotko, SVP& GM, Mainframe Division, Broadcom.  https://communities.ca.com/videos/7703-video-a-message-from-greg-lotko-svp-gm-mainframe-division-broadcom-november-2018

 

We all can't wait to get started on the new year with you!

 

The CA Gen Team

MS Visual Studio Build Tools 2017 are now supported for use with CA Gen 8.6. MS Build Tools allow the creation of Windows applications without the use of the full MS Studio installation. 

 
The Visual Studio Build Tools 2017 can be used to build CA Gen 8.6 generated applications for blockmode, GUI, and cooperative C applications, ASP.NET web clients, and .NET proxies.

 

PTFs BTN86113, BTN86115, CCN86104, RTA86107, RTN86117, and TSN86116 are required.

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

MS Visual Studio 2017 is now supported with Gen 8.6. The technical requirements have been updated.

 

The following PTFs are needed for MS VS 2017 support:

BTN86113, CCN86104, RTA86107, RTN86117, and TSN86116

 

We are also working on official support for MS Build Tools 2017... More to follow.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

IMS 15 has been certified for use with CA Gen 8.5 and 8.6. The technical requirements have been updated, and PTFs to supply the IMS Connect exits (to support CA Gen IMS Direct Connect) for both CA Gen releases are now available. Please refer to the z/OS Compatibility matrix to locate the correct PTF for your system.

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

XL C/C++ 13.1.x for AIX is now officially supported and has been added to the CA Gen Technical Requirements.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

We are pleased to announce that RedHat Linux 7.5 has been certified for use with CA Gen 8.6.

 

The technical requirements for CA Gen 8.6 have been updated to reflect this addition.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen 

Gen 8.6 has been updated to support the use of the universal DB2 attachment stub (DSNULI) when linking CICS and batch applications. This allows sharing of some modules that may have required separate copies due to environment specific DB2 stubs.

 

The use of DSNULI has been implemented as optional behavior. Installing the PTFs will provide the capability, but DSNULI support must be selected and configured through Target definition within the HE or IT. The default selection is NO, which preserves existing functionality. 

 

Implementation requires the following PTFs: RO98369  RO98370 RO98371

 

Detail for the solution is at the link below:

 

USE DSNULI IN ORDER TO ONLY LINK EDIT DYNAMIC MODULES ONCE 

 

Special thanks to the customers and partners who assisted us with testing and refining this feature.

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

We have begun an internal process to resolve the status of the many "Under Review" ideas within the community. Many of these have languished for an excessive time, and it is my goal to provide answers regarding their eventual state.

 

Over the next 30 days or so several months (the decision process is taking a bit longer than I had anticipated), we will be changing the status of all items currently marked "Under Review" to a more definite status. The decisions will be based on merit, feasibility, votes, and resources - from a resource standpoint based on the likelihood of the idea being implemented within the current (Gen 8.6 continuous delivery) or next release of Gen.

 

Some Under Review" ideas will be placed in the "Currently Planned" category, and others will be wish-listed or "Not-Planned". But all will be finally given at least planned resolution. Wish-listed ideas will be reviewed again during subsequent release planning.

 

Where the idea has a negative outcome, I will try to explain our reasoning in a comment attached to the original idea.   

 

There will be additional work to clean up the wish list and other categories as the year progresses.

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

We have certified SQL Server 2016 for use with CA Gen 8.5. There is no specific PTF required to enable this support. Note, however, that certification testing is done using the then current maintenance level of the Gen release in question.

 

SQL Server 2016 was previously certified for CA Gen 8.6.

 

The Technical Requirements and associated documents have been updated to reflect this certification.

 

Best Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen 

Browser support has been upgraded to include the Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers when using Webview and ASP .Net generated applications.

 

Support for these browsers will require the following PTFs:

 

Edge and Chrome support for ASP.NET applications: RTA86102 and BTN86106.

 

Edge and Chrome support for WebView applications need RTV86102 and GSN86102.

 

The technical requirements and  documentation have been updated to reflect support for these additional browsers.

 

Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

Support for Gen CA 8.6 with .Net 4.x is now available. Enabling this support will require the following PTFs:

 

RTA86103, BTN86109 and TSN86110

 

The technical requirements and associated documentation have been updated to reflect support for .Net 4.

 

Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

Microfocus Infoconnect 16.1 has been certified for us with Gen z/OS 3270 applications. This support has been available for some time, but we had not announced it here on the community site.

 

Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CAGen

We have certified WildFly10.1 for use with CA Gen 8.6. Technical requirements for Gen 8.6 have been updated. PTFs will be necessary to enable this support. Summary information is listed below for your convenience. 

 

Certification efforts were initially directed towards WildFly (as opposed to EAP) due to availability at the time this was undertaken. We are currently discussing our future certification and support policy in this regard. Updated certification will follow.

 

PTF Information:

 

All WildFly10.1 PTFs ( RTN86110, RTJ86104, RTA86104, GSN86103, BTN86111 ) are published.

 

* Directory CA Gen 8.6 Solutions & Patches
* Sub-directory Windows
* Category Runtime, GUI
* Name RTN86110 / SS03640
* Platform WINDOWS
* Size 4,486,199 bytes
* Date 02/20/2018
* Description WildFly10.1 SUPPORT FOR CA Gen8.6.
* Prerequisites IRN86100 RTN86109
* Co-requisites BTN86111 GSN86103 RTA86104 RTJ86104
* Supersedes None

 

* Directory CA Gen 8.6 Solutions & Patches
* Sub-directory Windows
* Category Runtime, Java
* Name RTJ86104 / SS03646
* Platform WINDOWS
* Size 386,879 bytes
* Date 02/13/2018
* Description WildFly10.1 SUPPORT FOR CA Gen8.6.
* Prerequisites IRN86100,RTJ86101
* Co-requisites RTN86110 RTA86104 BTN86111 GSN86103
* Supersedes None

 

* Directory CA Gen 8.6 Solutions & Patches
* Sub-directory Windows
* Category Runtime, .NET
* Name RTA86104 / SS03637
* Platform WINDOWS
* Size 342,124 bytes
* Date 03/07/2018
* Description WildFly10.1 SUPPORT FOR CA Gen8.6.
* Prerequisites IRN86100 RTA86103
* Co-requisites BTN86111 GSN86103 RTN86110 RTJ86104
* Supersedes None

 

* Directory CA Gen 8.6 Solutions & Patches
* Sub-directory Windows
* Category Gen Studio
* Name GSN86103 / SS03613
* Platform WINDOWS
* Size 2,720,385 bytes
* Date 02/17/2018
* Description WildFly10.1 SUPPORT FOR CA Gen8.6.
* Prerequisites IRN86100
* Co-requisites BTN86111 RTA86104 RTJ86104 RTN86110
* Supersedes None

 

* Directory CA Gen 8.6 Solutions & Patches
* Sub-directory Windows
* Category Other PTFs
* Name BTN86111 / SS03612
* Platform WINDOWS
* Size 11,143,466 bytes
* Date 04/03/2018
* Description WildFly10.1 SUPPORT FOR CA Gen8.6.
PROFILE TABLE IS SORTABLE WHEN DESCRIPTIONS ARE NOT.
* Prerequisites IRN86100 BTN86105 BTN86108 BTN86109
* Co-requisites GSN86103 RTA86104 RTJ86104 RTN86110
* Supersedes None

Tuxedo 12.2 has been certified for use with CA Gen V8.5, CA Gen V8.6 already supports Tuxedo 12.

 

The technical requirements have been updated to reflect the certification.

 

Regards,

 

Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

darce

So what's your Gen story?

Posted by darce Mar 27, 2018

It was shortly before Easter in 1998 that my wife and I packed up all our stuff, put it in her Mothers garage to be picked up by the movers.  We had been married for 4 years, three of which I spent in school... and now we were off for a grand adventure.

 

   We loaded up our 1988 VW Fox (which had no air conditioning in it at the time) and headed down to Austin TX.  I was going to work on a project using "Cool:Gen" and a "Tandem", which were two terms I had never heard before.  It seemed exciting, new country (I am Canadian), new climate, new opportunities.  We had never been before and we really didn't know anyone down there.  

 

That one choice, to work on a project with tools and technology that I had never heard of, has led to a career which has taken me across the US and back to Canada and who knows where I will visit in the future!  I have worked in various industries, on various bits of technology and have been granted the privilege of working with very some very wonderful people.  Smart people whom I have been able to learn much from.

 

The Gen community truly is a small world.  Some days I see notes in code made by people I worked with 15 years ago.  I work with people I have never met in person, and when I do finally meet them (at an Edge event or otherwise) it's not like when you first meet a stranger....rather it is like running into an old friend.  People I have worked with, keep in touch with me on Facebook, Linked in and by email.  We meet up sometimes and talk about old times, current problems they or I are having with our current engagement.

 

That's my Gen story....

 

So what's your Gen story? I invite you to share it here in the comments.

 

I also invite you to add a new chapter to your Gen story, which you can do by attending the upcoming Edge technical exchange.  It's an opportunity to enhance your skillset as well as meet your peers, listening to and sharing our own Gen Stories

 

I look forward to hearing your Gen story, hopefully in person at the Edge event!

 

Cheers!

Darcy Elliott
Edge