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NCI/XF is a unique programming tool for tailoring, customizing, extending and developing sophisticated Single Point of Entry VTAM network systems.
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NCI/XF

Create a Single Point of Entry for VTAM Network Systems

NCI/XF is a unique programming tool for tailoring, customizing, extending and developing sophisticated single-point-of-entry VTAM network systems. NCI/XF enables every customer to implement future operational requirements across the whole network with precision and confidence. Furthermore, its multi-host function allows any number of front-end network control interfaces (NCI) to communicate across VTAM networks.

  • Design and implement any function across the network without the need to use or support Assembler
  • Ensure connection between users and any application running on any host anywhere on the network
  • Connect to any supported terminal type, even if the terminal definition is incorrect

Features

  • Multi-Host Function – The VTAM command language includes a multi-host function that allows any number of front-end network control interfaces (NCI) to communicate across VTAM networks. A transaction-level interface provides communication to the network front end from any transaction in the network. Specific NCI/XF commands to control APPC and the TCP/IP connections allow communication to any platform supporting these protocols.
  • No Need for Assembler Knowledge – The VTAM toolkit provides the means to design and implement any function required across the network easily and quickly – without the need to use or support Assembler.
  • Efficient 4GL Command Language – The NCI/XF VTAM toolkit consists of a VTAM terminal control function, 3270 data stream manipulation via a dialog manager, and a powerful 4GL command language specifically designed for the VTAM environment. Many thousands of users can access any application, running on any host, anywhere on the network.
  • Full Error Recovery – The error recovery feature enables connection with any supported terminal type, even when the terminal definition is incorrect. This is useful when control units have to be moved and re-plugged, or whenever coaxial cable connections are plugged in incorrectly and the corresponding network definitions are not applied to VTAM (e.g. LOGMODE).
  • Additional Features
    • NCI/XF supports libraries and links with other programming language
    • Functionality is extended for 3270 terminals such as comprehensive data verification and complex calculations
    • Powerful commands handle tables, queues, chains and pushdown stacks
    • Issues enqueue and dequeue of a system- or user-defined resource
    • Interfaces with user-written Assembler or COBOL routines, invoked to perform installation dependent functions (e.g., dataset I/O) and supports routines in different address spaces
    • Dialog Manager allows you to set and resolve NCI variables or execute an NCI subroutine from within a user-written Assembler or COBOL routine
    • No restrictions on processing logic, PF key support or user-definable panel (number, type, format or linkage)

Sys Reqs

Supported Environment


Software:
• IBM OS/390 or z/OS
• IBM OS/390 Security Server (RACF)
• CA-ACF2
• CA-Top Secret
• VTAM
• JES2 and JES3

Devices:
• All models of 317x, 318x, 319x and 327x (or equivalent) in native mode.
• IBM 3290 (in 3270 mode)
• NTO attached devices
• IBM 3767 (or equivalent)
• SCS (LU type 1) printers