CA-EZTEST was a CICS
interactive test/debug software package distributed by Computer Associates
and originally called EZTEST
/CICS, produced by Capex Corporation
of Phoenix, Arizona
with assistance from Ken Dakin from England
The product provided source level test and debugging
features for computer programs
written in COBOL
(BAL) languages to complement their own existing COBOL optimizer
CA-EZTEST initially competed with three rival products:
* "Intertest" originally from On-line Software International, based in the United States
. In 1991, Computer Associates International, Inc.
acquired On-line Software and renamed the product CA-INTERTEST, then stopped selling CA-EZTEST.
* OLIVER (CICS interactive test/debug)
from Advanced Programming Techniques in the UK
Corporation who in 1994 acquired the OLIVER product.Compuware Corp
Early critical role
Between them, these three products provided much needed third-party system software support for IBM's "flagship" teleprocessing product CICS, which survived for more than 20 years as a strategic product without any memory protection of its own. A single "rogue" application program (frequently by a buffer overflow) could accidentally overwrite data almost anywhere in the address space causing "down-time" for the entire teleprocessing system, possibly supporting thousands of remote terminals. This was despite the fact that much of the world's banking and other commerce relied heavily on CICS for secure transaction processing between 1970 and early 1990s. The difficulty in deciding which application program caused the problem was often insurmountable and frequently the system would be restarted without spending many hours investigated very large (and initially unformatted) "core dump"s requiring expert system programming support and knowledge.
Early integrated testing environment
Additionally, the product (and its competitors) provided an integrated testing environment which was not provided by IBM for early versions of CICS and which was only partially satisfied with their later embedded testing tool — "Execution Diagnostic Facility" (EDF), which only helped newer "Command level" programmers and provided no protection.
Supported operating systems
The following operating systems were supported:
* IBM MVS
* IBM XA
* IBM VSE (except XPEDITER)
IBM CICS official website
Xpediter — Interactive mainframe analysis and debugging
Xpeditor/CICS users guide for COBOL
for OS/390 (Release 2.5 or above) and z/OS, September 2004
CA Inc. — product description for CA-Intertest
Category:IBM mainframe software