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ISPF/PDF basics

During this course participants learn:


No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested? Please contact ABIS.

Intended for

Every future ISPF/PDF user: programmers, analysts, job schedulers, system programmers and end users.


No specific background is required. Fill in the following testPDF file - 23 KB) to determine whether you can skip this course and go straight on to our course ISPF/PDF: efficient use.

Main topics

logon and logoff, call up ISPF/PDF, screen types, menu structure, action bar, help function, ISPF data set names

member selection, scrolling, find, locate

main commands: save, cancel, find, change, undo

line commands: copy, move, delete, repeat, insert

columns: indentation, bounds, cols

treatment of members: copy, move, create, replace, cut, paste

edit profile: caps, recovery

allocation, move/copy, library utilities, dataset list

submit of Job Control Language (JCL), display of the spool with SDSF (Spool Display and Search Facility)

Training method

This is mainly a practical course. After a short theoretical introduction, a lot of time is spent on practical exercises.

The course is also organised as self-study course.


1 day.

Course leader

an ABIS instructor.

Global score

4.1/5 (based on 68 evaluations)


Ik ben een tevreden man. (, )
een aanrader voor iedere beginnende MF gebruiker (, )
De zelfstudie kon gedaan worden op eigen tempo. Het meteen kunnen uitproberen was interessant om te testen of je het volledig begrepen had. (, )
Zelfstudie-opzet lijkt me niet meest zinvolle aanpak. Ik vond de tijd daartoe ook te kort (voor lezen theorie én oef.) Tijd is mogelijks wel ok bij alternatieve aanpak (, )
Ce cours m'a permis de voir les bases de manipulation de caractères au sein des membres. (, )
De zelfstudie beviel mij minder dan het laatste stuk waarin Steven doceerde (, )
Zelfstudie was ok. 1 dag was net voldoende tijd. (, )
tres bon survol des bases en un minimum de temps (, )
De zelfstudie was op het moment zelf niet vanzelfsprekend vooral omdat alles op en scherm moest worden gelezen. (, )
fantastic great teacher, we were only 2 in the training very good learning, excellent (, )

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