Modern development tools for mainframe application development
IBM® Rational® Developer for z Systems™ provides an enhanced toolset for creating and maintaining z/OS® applications quickly and efficiently. This rich set of COBOL, PL/I, C++, assembler and Java development tools designed for batch, IBM CICS®, IBM IMS and IBM DB2® environments are optimized for the workstation-based Eclipse platform. Developers can take advantage of a modern, interactive and integrated environment for enhanced productivity when creating high quality mainframe applications.
Rational Developer for z Systems features:
- Modern, simple-to-use z Systems application development tools that support the design, creation and maintenance of mainframe applications.
- A fully integrated source level debugger that enables users to step through the z/OS application, monitor and modify variables, set breakpoints during or before a debug session and inspect program memory.
- Optimized tooling support for IBM CICS, IMS and DB2 runtimes.
- Source control and collaborative lifecycle management systems integration for streamlining development processes.
- Enhanced application structural and quality analysis tools that help to produce high quality code more quickly.
Modern, simple-to-use z Systems application development tools
- Supports advanced COBOL, PL/I and JCL editors.
- Provides improved navigation, content assist with real-time syntax checking and highlighting, hyperlinks for copybooks and JCL Procs and sequence numbers support.
- Gives hover information for COPY and INCLUDE statements, with ability to search for occurrences of a given variable, as well as refactoring capabilities with an enhanced outline view.
- Protects investment in mainframe applications by making them accessible as web services in a service-oriented architecture (SOA) environment.
Fully integrated source level debugger
- Provides debug support for COBOL, PL/1, C/C++, batch IMS and IMS TM, CICS, batch DB2, and DB2 SP. Uses IBM cross-language/cross-platform debug architecture.
- Requires only a small mainframe footprint because of the host-offload architecture, leveraging the workstation CPU for faster debug processing.
- Supports debugging using the latest compilers and is enabled for 64-bit debugging.
- Provides the underlying technology for the included interactive and headless (command line driven) code coverage capabilities, enabling you to measure and report the application’s test coverage with using a separate tool.
Optimized tooling support
- Offers CICS, IMS, and DB2 development tools for CICS Transaction Server, IBM CICS Explorer®, IMS Transaction Manager and Database, DB2 databases and stored procedures.
- Provides an integrated toolset for modern application architectures by transforming and reusing existing CICS and IMS application processes, applying web service descriptions and CICS service flow processing artifacts directly to a z/OS system.
- Supports Basic Mapping and Message Format Service Screen Designers, enabling users to visually create and modify BMS map sets, as well as MFS message and format files.
- Includes CICS and IMS Code Generators that provide design tools, wizards and code snippets for faster creation of CICS Transaction Server application code skeleton and logic from UML models or user-provided input.
- Provides DB2 tools for working with stored procedures and applications, including Data Studio pureQuery® technology support COBOL and PL/I programs for running, editing, and tuning EXEC SQL statements in the SQL Outline view.
Source control and collaborative lifecycle management systems integration
- Allows z/OS developers to work with Rational Team Concert™ on z Systems for an enhanced development environment with collaborative capabilities.
- Facilitates source code management with CA Endevor Software Change Manager integrated with Rational Developer for z Systems using the Common Access Repository Manager (CARMA) toolkit for Rational Developer for z Systems.
- Provides customer access to software configuration managers (SCMs) from within Rational Developer for z Systems by providing a common interface for accessing SCMs.
- Integrates with IBM Problem Determination Tools for z/OS, including the file manager and fault analyzer for faster problem resolution.
Enhanced application structural and quality analysis tools
- Provides application structural analysis, code analysis and code metrics to help deliver COBOL and PL/I applications that conform to in-house programming guidelines.
- Allows creation of COBOL control flow diagrams for identifying and highlighting potential unreachable code; opens called programs from within COBOL and PL/I source files for faster access to code; shows the call hierarchy for applications, indicating caller and callee relationships in a hierarchical tree view.
- Provides an expanded set of COBOL and PL/I code quality rules and enablement of custom rules.
- Allows integration of code governance into automated builds and testing using headless code review and code coverage.
- Tests mainframe applications through IBM z/OS Automated Unit Testing Framework integration, helping to streamline implementation while containing costs.
Rational Developer for z Systems
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