Challenge Overview
z/OS skills you will learn and contest scoring

Master the Mainframe 2018 Challenge Framework
Contest officially ends on December 31, 2018 at midnight.

Contest has 3 Parts

  1. Part 1 (Less than 1 hour)
      --Logon to z/OS
      --Introduction to ISPF, Data Sets,and Unix Files
      --No experience necessary, follow instructions literally
  2. Part 2 (Less than 1 week)
      --z/OS Fundamentals and Basics
      --1st 200 to complete with 100% accuracy are prize winners
      --All subsequent completions with 100% accuracy are listed on the Wall of Fame
  3. Part 3 (More than 1 week and complete before December 31)
      --z/OS Utility Programs and Common Program Languages
      --NOT a race, complete as time permits
      --Challenge scoring and prize winner selection done after December 31

Part 3 prize winner selection is based upon the following criteria:
  All Part 3 challenges completed
  Point count for Part 3 challenges excluding last challenge
  Point count for Part 3 last challenge based upon creativity beyond minimum requirements
  Completing Part 2 with 100% accuracy is not a requirement to be a Part 3 prize winner.
  However, in the event of a Part 3 point tie, Part 2 performance is used to break a tie

Part 1 Challenges

  1. Logon to TSO and work with data sets and unix files
      Install TN3270 software on your workstation
      Use TN3270 software to connect to z/OS

Part 2 Challenges

  1. ISPF
  2. ISPF Editor
  3. SDSF
  4. JCL
  5. JCL Data Definition Statement
  6. Just a Bit, Hexadecimal, EBCDIC, ASCII, and Packed Decimal
  7. Data, Data Sets, and Unix Files
  8. Copy Data Using IDCAMS System Utility
  9. Create JCL to Delete Data Sets
  10. JCL and Unix Files
  11. DB2 SQL
  12. Number Hunt

Part 3 Challenges

  1. ISPF Edit Using Abbreviated Instructions
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