How to configure CICS to act as conversational or no-conversational modes ?

Posted on 2011-05-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi Experts

How to configure CICS to act as conversational or no-conversational modes ?
Is it inside the program or at OS itself ?

Thanks in advance
Question by:Eduardo Fuerte
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    This is done in the application program, not in CICS itself.  Pseudoconversational (or non-conversational) mode means that the application transaction returns to CICS after displaying a screen.  When the user responds, a new transaction is begun to process the user input.  There are several ways to implement a pseudoconversational transaction.

    A conversational transaction displays a screen and then the program waits for a response with a RECEIVE command.  This means that the transaction is active while the user is reading the display and (hopefully) entering the response data.

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    by:Eduardo Fuerte

    Could you give an example on how to programatically configure this feature ?
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    Have a look at for an overview of the difference between the two programming styles.

    To develop a pseudoconversational program, you typically start out with an EXEC CICS RECEIVE to receive the screen that you are given.  You typically end your program with an EXEC CICS RETURN TRANSID or with just an EXEC CICS RETURN with the new transaction ID in a protected field on the screen in the first four bytes of the display.

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    by:Eduardo Fuerte
    Now it's up to me to follow the links and deep knowlege

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