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Announcement letter for CICS TS Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting 2.0

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CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting V2.0 general availability (GA) date was 16 August 2013. This document contains a summary of the feature pack, a link to the announcement letter, and additional ways that you can become familiar with this enhancement.


The CICS Transaction Server Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting is reengineered to support PHP applications that run inside the CICS web container of CICS TS V5.1 and V5.2. This enables PHP scripts to be included in enterprise-class mixed language CICS application services.

The CICS web container, based on WebSphere Liberty Profile technology, now includes the capability for PHP scripts to run alongside JavaServer Pages (JSPs) and Java™ Servlets. PHP applications in CICS can directly call other Java OSGi application components and can access other CICS programs and resources using the Java class library (JCICS) API.

Additionally, PHP applications can now be managed through standard CICS processes. This augments the inherent flexibility of the PHP language with enterprise-class CICS lifecycle management capabilities. This includes the ability for PHP scripts to be managed as part of the new CICS Cloud deployment model.

To use the CICS TS Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting V2.0, you must have the correct version of software and service installed. For more details and a full list of prerequisites see Dynamic scripting prerequisites in the CICS TS 5.1 product documentation or Dynamic scripting prerequisites in the CICS TS 5.2 product documentation.

Some functions that were supported in previous versions of the Dynamic Scripting feature pack are discontinued in version 2.0:

  • WebSphere sMash technology is no longer used.
  • The Groovy language is no longer supported.
  • Apache Ivy is no longer used to manage the CICS Dynamic Scripting native modules.
For more details about CICS TS Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting V2.0 see the US Announcement letter for IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.1 adds support for PHP applications to further enhance service agility (213-323). Information for other country announcements is available on the IBM Offering Information page. Also see the CICS Dynamic Scripting web page and the Overview section in the CICS TS documentation.

For more details about CICS TS see: See the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Page for CICS TS to determine if the release of CICS TS you are running is still supported or if there is a newer release of CICS TS.

Related information

Announcement letters for CICS products
End of Support dates for CICS products

Product Alias/Synonym

CICS/TS CICS TS CICS Transaction Server

Document information

More support for: CICS Transaction Server

Software version: 5.1, 5.2

Operating system(s): z/OS

Reference #: 1645605

Modified date: 02 March 2016

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