This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM
Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) Productivity Tool
(IPT) Version 7, Release 1 for IBM z/OS®. IPT operates as a
seamlessly integrated front end to ISPF. Note the following
IPT functionality is available from any panel, without a need to
modify any ISPF Primary Options Menu. All IPT functions are totally
integrated. IPT can perform almost any activity within ISPF, or
internally invoke the function that can perform the task.
IPT combines separately provided ISPF utility functions and new
ISPF Productivity Tool features into the Object List (OLIST) and
Member Selection List (MSL). The resulting members, datasets, and
Object Lists become powerful platforms where you can perform many
tasks without navigating to other utilities.
IPT relates objects to applications in a similar manner to the
way that a PC performs Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). By
extending the dataset objects that are used by ISPF to other object
classes, IPT lets you specify the object to be processed and the
action that is performed (such as EDIT or BROWSE). The facility
that is appropriate to the object class for the action that you
have requested is invoked automatically.
IPT provides extensive search capabilities that are both rapid
and intuitive. You can easily search for volumes, datasets,
members, and text within members. ISPF Productivity Tool also
furnishes automatic drill-down system navigation to examine
volumes, datasets, and members.
IPT provides a menu-driven facility to display and recover all
of the deleted members of a partitioned dataset (PDS)
IPT extends the ISPF action bar with options that provide access
to new functionality so that you do not have to learn new commands
or syntax. In addition to the ISPF Point-and-Shoot capabilities,
IPT provides new concepts, such as hotbars (user-defined fields
that execute commands), field-sensitive areas in MSLs and OLISTs,
automatic recognition of a dataset name on any ISPF panel as a
parameter to BROWSE, EDIT, or VIEW, or parameters within any Time
Sharing Option (TSO) command.
IPT provides integrated and enhanced IBM Software Configuration
and Library Manager (SCLM) support within the standard member and
dataset lists. SCLM is a source library management component of
ISPF that provides change control, multiple source versions,
auditing, a built-in make facility, and automatic check-in/sign-out
using standard libraries (PDS and partitioned dataset extended
(PDSE)). IPT includes built-in interfaces to various IBM and ISV
IPT includes a new batch utility that provides a seamlessly
integrated front end to the IBM IEBCOPY utility. In addition to
supporting all IEBCOPY standard functionality, it includes
additional major enhancements.