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BMC

BMC Mainframe: Using z/OS Assembler

The course is developed and delivered by © RSM Technology.

This is the definitive Assembler course. It is suitable for all systems and application programmers who need to understand Assembler, either to install and maintain systems software or to maintain and amend application programs or packages written in Assembler.

This course describes and explains how Assembler works, and teaches how to read, interpret, and modify Assembler routines.

Major release:

BMC Mainframe Infrastructure Platform Training

Good for:

Developers, System Programmers

Course Delivery:

Instructor Led | 40 heures

Course Modules

  • Introduction to Assembler Programs
    • Programming languages
    • The Assembly process
    • The Linking process
    • Assembler program structure
    • Assembler directives
    • Macro instructions
    • Assembler instructions
    • Instruction formats
    • Storage locations and addresses
    • Machine instructions
    • Symbolic statements
    • Syntax
    • Statement format
    • The Operation & operand fields
    • Hexadecimal - a shorthand form of binary
    • Character
  • Handling Character Data
    • Defining fields
    • Define Storage & Constants
    • Examples of DS & DC
    • Defining areas with zero repetition
    • Move instructions
    • Move Long instruction
    • Literals, constants, and immediate data
    • Dummy Sections (DSECTs)
    • Equates (EQU)
  • Comparisons, Branching & Structure
    • Comparison instructions
    • Branching Instructions
    • Branch Mnemonics (BC instruction)
    • BCT/BCTR for looping
    • Program skeleton
    • Executable code
    • The location counter
    • Addressing
    • Register convention
    • Save area chaining
    • Relative addressing
    • Indexing
    • Declarative part
    • Instructions to the Assembler
    • Subroutines
    • Branch and Link Instructions
    • BASSM & BSM instructions
    • Branch Register instruction
    • BXH / BXLE for looping
    • Execute
    • Program linkage with BAKR
    • Linkage Stack
    • Linkage Stack operations - PICs
  • Binary Instructions
    • Signed binary arithmetic instructions
    • Types of Binary Instruction
    • Loading and Storing
    • Load and Store Instructions
    • The Binary Add Instructions
    • Binary Subtraction Instructions
    • Binary comparisons
    • Convert to Binary
    • Convert to Decimal
    • Multiplying Fullwords
    • Binary Division
    • Bit shifting instructions
  • Macros & Input/Output
    • Macros
    • File handling
    • Building a control block
    • The DCB
    • DCB tied to File
    • The DCB explained
    • DCB parameters explained
    • The OPEN macro
    • The GET macro
    • The PUT macro
    • The CLOSE macro
    • Printed output data sets
    • Clearing the print line
  • Packed Decimal Arithmetic
    • Summary of 'Decimal Manipulating Instructions'
    • Summary of decimal instructions
    • Packed Decimal
    • Add Packed instruction
    • SP and ZAP instructions
    • Pack and Unpack instructions
    • Move Zone Instruction
    • Move Numeric Instruction
    • Decimal Condition Codes
    • Editing Packed
    • Decimal Data
    • Constructing patterns
    • EDIT example
    • EDMK instruction
    • Packed Decimal multiplication
    • Packed Decimal division
  • Translations and Bit Manipulations
    • Summary of bit manipulating instructions
    • 'OR'ing
    • 'AND'ing
    • Exclusive 'OR'ing
    • Testing the bits
    • Translate instruction
    • Translation Tables + 'ORG'
    • TRT- Translate and Test instruction
  • MVS Error Reporting, Dumps & Binder
    • System error reporting
    • MVS dumps
    • Stand-Alone Dump (SADUMP)
    • SVC Dumps
    • User ABEND Dumps
    • Generating a User ABEND Dump
    • System Generated ABEND dump
    • Snap dumps
    • Symptom dumps
    • Program Interruption Codes (PICs)
    • Explanations of the Assembler program listings
    • The External Symbol Dictionary (ESD)
    • The Source and Object program listing
    • The Relocation Dictionary
    • The Symbol and Literal cross-reference (HLASM)
    • The Diagnostic Cross Reference and Summary (HLASM)
    • Options Summary (HLASM)
    • Dump labs
  • 24, 31 & 64 Bit Programming
    • Impact of 31-bit addressing
    • Addressing Memory - when and where?
    • Extended Addressing
    • 31-bit Virtual Addressing
    • Dynamic Address Translation
    • Addressing-mode control
    • Instruction differences
    • Different addressing
    • Setting the mode when branching
    • Branch-And-Save-and- Set-Mode (BASSM)
    • Branch-and-Set-Mode (BSM)
    • Coding examples
    • The z/Architecture differences
    • z/Architecture - the bottom line
    • Tri- modal addressing mode
    • Memory boundaries
    • Registers in a z/Architecture machine
    • 64-bit registers and instructions
    • z/Architecture PSW
    • The 64-bit virtual address
    • Changing to 64-bit mode
    • Setting the mode when branching
    • Indicating 64-bit mode in pointers
    • Branch-And- Save-and-Set-Mode (BASSM)
    • A z/OS address space
    • Characteristics of Memory Objects