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IMS References

Here are a few references found in January 2021. Some items are out of print but the web page gives an extract and/or contents.

Source Date Notes
Icons of Progess - Information Management System
IBM 100, IBM.
undated A short history of the development of IMS focusing on its initial development with North American Rockwell and Caterpillar Inc. to support the Apollo space program. Mentions the early developers: Uri Berman, Pete Nordyk and Vern Watts.
IMS Primer
Rick Long, Mark Harrington, Robert Hain, Geoff Nicholls, IBM.
IBM Ref. SG24-5352-00
January 2000 A 300 page introductory book to help familiarize the reader with the basics of IMS. Much of the original content of this book was in an early IMS manual called the IMS Primer.
General database concepts, standards, and procedures
IBM Documentation Portal, IBM.

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1974 - 2021 A comprehensive technical guide for IMS database administrators and programmers. Written as multiple webpages in a hierarchical structure upto 6 layers deep. Writen for IMS version 13.1
An Introduction To IMS: Your Complete Guide To IBM's Information Management System 1st Edition
Authors: Rick Long, Mike Harrington, Robert Hain, Geoff Nichols; Editor: Dean Meltz, IBM
ISBN-13: 978-0131856714, ISBN-10: 0131856715
4 January 2005 IBM's Definitive One-Stop Guide to IMS Versions 12, 11, and 10: for Every IMS DBA, Developer, and System Programmer. Hardcover 558 pages. Available at Amazon USA from $10 used (+p&p).
Introduction to IMS, An: Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System
Rick Long, Robert Hain, Mark Harrington, Dean Meltz, Geoff Nicholls, IBM Press
ISBN-10: 0-13-185671-5, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-185671-4
15 April 2005 Website provides a sample chapter: "IBM's Information Management System: Then and Now". Out of print. Click on "Learn More" for the book Content.
Introduction to IMS, An: Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System
Rick Long, Robert Hain, Mark Harrington, Dean Meltz, Geoff Nicholls, IBM Press
ISBN-10: 0-13-185671-5, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-185671-4
22 April 2005 Same book as above but another sample chapter: "Accessing IBM's Information Management System". Out of print. Click on "Learn More" for the book Content.

Other References

Source Date Notes
IBM System 360 Reference Card, [The Green Card]
IBM Ref. X20-1703-9

Provided by Alan Cooper

circa 1970 A concertina green card with the System 360 Instruction Set, Assembler Instructions, Codes for Program Interuption, Hexadecimal and Decimal Conversion, Program and Channel Status, Channel Commands, and all 256 codes in decimal order. An indispensible reference for all programmers. This one is showing its age!
IBM Flowchart Template
IBM Ref. X20-8020

Provided by Alan Cooper

circa 1970 A plastic template for drawing flowcharts together with its card protective pocket with explanation of the symbols. An indispensible documentation tool for all systems analysts and programmers in the days before PCs and graphics programs. This one is certainly showing its age!
The following documents, used at LOLA, have been kept by Martin Jackson for over 40 years.
They will be offered to The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.
System/360 OS Appreciation – Student Notes
IBM Ref. OSAPP, UK Form No. 53-7077-2

Provided by Martin Jackson

est. late 1970s An overview course for senior personnel covering: Programming, Task Management, Job Management, Data Management, Teleprocessing, Other topics. Plus c40 pages of Martin’s handwritten notes.
Operating System Background Notes for Programmers - Student Notes.
IBM Ref. OSBP 100, UK Form No. 53.6811-3

Provided by Martin Jackson

est. late 1970s Course covering Review of OS, Data management topics, Linkage Editor, Utilities, Examples of catalogued procedures, Problems. This course focuses on use of the Job Control Language (JCL)
EA67 Program Design Course Outline
IBM Ref. EA67, UK53-5242

Provided by Martin Jackson

est. late 1970s 5 day course covering Structured Design, HIPO, Data Structured Analysis, Software Tools.
PL/1 ‘F’ Advanced Workshop – Student Notes
IBM Ref. C147, UK Form No. 53-0200-1

Provided by Martin Jackson

est. late 1970s 5 day course covering Storage Allocation, List Processing, Area & Offset, Refer, Preprocessor, OS facilities, Compiler Output, PL/1 Internals. Core Dumps, Optimisation; all with practical sessions.
System/360 Operating System – PL/1 (F) – Language Reference Manual (4th Edition)
IBM Ref. File No. S360-29 Order No. GC28-8201-3

Provided by Martin Jackson

est. late 1970s A well used and worn example but looks complete. Whilst the LOLA tender document indicated a preference for COBOL, LOLA stanardised on PL/1 for its applications development. The Applications Support Group wrote a test harness using the PL/1 preprocessor, allowing programmers to test their on-line transactions as a batch program. The Applications and Technical Support Groups also used Assembler.
OS Assembler Language Programming – Student Notes
IBM Ref. 2403, UK53-2213-1 & UK53-2214-0

Provided by Martin Jackson

est. late 1970s 5 day course covering Assembler Language Techniques, Linkage, QSAM, The Timer, Operator Communications and List & Execute Forms; all with practical sessions.
Notes: Courses EA67, 2403 & C147 were run at IBM's Education Centre at Sudbury Towers, Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, and no doubt the other courses were held there as well. Also, prior to the installation of LOLA's own IBM mainframe, testing was undertaken at IBM's data centre at 17 Addiscombe Road, Croydon.

If you know of any more IMS or relevant references then please contact Alan Cooper at network@ + this page's domain name or via my Linkedin page.