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ISPF dialog manager


The Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) provides dialog management facilities for effectively developing and executing interactive applications in the MVS/TSO environment.

In this course participants learn:

  • to build applications by means of dialog manager services;
  • to define, test and use the different dialog functions and elements.

Main topics

  • Overview:

elements • libraries • possibilities of the dialog management services

  • Screen design:

several parts • syntax rules • screen variables

use of SELECT and DISPLAY services

  • dialog functions:

REXX execs and invocation of services

  • Variables and pools:

function variables • common variables • application profile variables • system profile variables

  • Definition and invocation of (error) messages
  • Definition and use of skeletons
  • Table treatment with or without TBDISPL service
  • Testing of the dialog

Intended for

System programmers, database administrators, people responsible for support, developers, analysts and application programmers who need a practical course of the Dialog Manager of ISPF.


Use of ISPF/PDF (see course ISPF/PDF basics), knowledge of TSO commands and REXX execs (see course TSO/E REXX).

Training method

Classroom instruction. About half of the time is spent on exercises.

Course leader

Guido Indesteege.


3 days.


You can enrol by clicking on a date
datedur.lang.  location  price
20 Dec3ELeuven  (BE)1500 EUR  (excl. VAT) 

Global score

4.1/5 (based on 32 evaluations)


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tres bon, en ne sachant rien, on a un bon niveau à la fin du cours (, )
Course is well balanced and the teacher knows his stuff and takes his time to explain the material properly (, )
very interesting, thought we should have had this course sooner (, )
Very good course with a lot of time for exer and questions. (, )
A good overview and introduction to DM, exactly what we were expecting (, )
Very good, balance of ex/theory very good point (, )
Very pleased, it corresponds to my expectations (, )