7CHAPTER 2 ADABAS Essentials Introduction 7 ADABAS DBMS 8 ADABAS Databases 8 ADABAS Files 9 ADABAS File Number 9 Level Number. ADABAS Essentials. Introduction 7. ADABAS DBMS 8. ADABAS Databases. 8. ADABAS Files 9. ADABAS File Number 9. Level Number 9. Data Field Names 9. SAS/ACCESS Interface to ADABAS Software. ADABAS Essentials. [continuerule]. Introduction · ADABAS DBMS · ADABAS Databases · ADABAS Data Fields.

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Transferring this type of application to more modern solutions is not only very difficult, but also extremely expensive. If you eseentials any errors in my articles, please let me know!

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This is why I decided to start this tutorial for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting area of computer science, and also learn a little of NATURAL language, which is one of the programming languages used for Mainframe computers. Programming on the Mainframe class computers is not a popular profession nowadays, it can be however an interesting one and also very profitable.

Each database has an associated database identifierwhich is a numerical value in the range 1 to 65, and a database namewhich is a character value with a maximum of 16 characters. Mainframes in general are used when the reliability of the unit and high performance of the processor are key to business needs.

When I was preparing to start my job as a junior mainframe developer, I encountered the problem of aeabas small amount of knowledge sources in this area, particularly available for free online. Well, there are many adabzs. The first character must be alphabetic, and the second character can be either alphabetic or numeric.

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For example, AA and B4 are valid data field names. A data field level number is a qdabas or two-digit number, from 01 to 07, used in conjunction with data field grouping.

Data Storage, Associator, and Work Storage. You can find all the parts of this tutorial in the links below:. Never miss a story from codeburstwhen you sign up for Medium.

Level Number A data field level number is a one- or two-digit number, from 01 to 07, used in conjunction with data field grouping. Feel free to follow my profile to be up-to-date!

Each database can consist of up to 5, logical files, depending on the device type. Unfortunately, young programmers are more likely to use languages such as Java, Python, JavaScript etc. It was usually large, like most computers then, and it occupied a large part of the server essenyials.

Mainframe programming — NATURAL/ADABAS tutorial. Intro — a few words of introduction

Also the language is extremely easy to learn and use. The following output illustrates four data fields and seven logical records from an ADABAS file containing data about customers. If you like the article and you believe there should be more articles about Mainframes please clap a bitleave a comment or share this link wherever you want. Currently, the largest manufacturer of mainframe is IBM, but we should keep in mind that this is not the only provider of this type of technology.

Data fields with a level of 2 or greater are considered to be a part of the immediately preceding group, which has a lower level number.

As you can guess, to program Mainframe machines we usually use languages specially adapted for this. The data fields are the vertical columns of data. To avoid confusion, keep in mind the two usages of the term descriptor throughout this document: The logical records are wdabas horizontal rows of data. An ISN is the logical identifier for each record. Please note, that I am currently working as a junior mainframe developer, so I learn the secrets of the language myself.


In the next part of the tutorial we will learn about the syntax of the language and write our first program.

The name Mainframe refers to the first machines of this type. The extraordinary advantage of Mainframe systems is that they can be joined to form one logical super-unit.


The companies commonly use Mainframe for critical financial applications or for public use complex systems. Each database can consist of up to 5, logical files. Of course there are also downsides. The Work Storage system file contains temporary work files.

The latter is the language that I use at work and the one that I use writing this tutorial. The Associator system file contains internal storage information that manages the data for the entire database.

Soon we sssentials also start writing the first programs and create our own databases. Systems based on Mainframes are still widely used, mainly by large organizations.

Get updates Get updates. You can find all the parts of this tutorial in the links below: Programming languages on the mainframe As you can guess, to program Mainframe machines we usually use languages specially adapted for this. In this first post I will give you some information about the essentials computer as well as the language and database that we will use.