IBM recently released Version 8.5 of Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, which provides integrated analysis, development, and debugging tools for IBM i, IBM AIX, and Linux operating systems. This article describes the significant changes in the 8.5 release.
Although version 8.0.3 of Rational Developer for Power Systems Software is a service release, it contains some significant new functions, which the developer describes in this article.
Find out what's new in version 7.5 of IBM® Rational® Developer for Power Systems Software™. This article also provides an overview of the basic functions. This is the follow-on product for IBM® Rational® Developer for IBM® i software
- IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software provides integrated development environments for the major development workloads on IBM i, IBM AIX, and Linux, including Java, C/C++ on AIX and Linux, COBOL on AIX, and RPG, COBOL, C, and C++ on IBM i. To learn more, start with the developerWorks page, and then review the Rational Developer for Power Systems Software product information, features and benefits page, as well as the product line overview. For support or documentation, see the Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Information Center.
- You can enter new Requests for Enhancement any time. When you fill out the Search or Submit request forms, use the selections shown in Figure 1.
- Visit the Rational software area on developerWorks for technical resources and best practices for Rational Software Delivery Platform products.
- Stay current with developerWorks technical events and webcasts focused on a variety of IBM products and IT industry topics.
- Attend a free developerWorks Live! briefing to get up-to-speed quickly on IBM products and tools, as well as IT industry trends.
- Watch developerWorks on-demand demos, ranging from product installation and setup demos for beginners to advanced functionality for experienced developers.
- Improve your skills. Check the Rational training and certification catalog, which includes many types of courses on a wide range of topics. You can take some of them anywhere, any time, and many of the "Getting Started" ones are free.
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- Download the free trial so you can evaluate Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, or try the Power Systems software in the online sandbox.
- Download a free trial version of other Rational software.
- Evaluate other IBM software in the way that suits you best: Download it for a trial, try it online, use it in a cloud environment, or spend a few hours in the SOA Sandbox learning how to implement service-oriented architecture efficiently.
- Join the Rational Developer for Power Hub forum to ask questions and participate in discussions.
- Rate or review Rational software. It's quick and easy. Really.
- Share your knowledge and help others who use Rational software by writing a developerWorks article. Find out what makes a good developerWorks article and how to proceed.
- Follow Rational software on Facebook, Twitter (@ibmrational), and YouTube, and add your comments and requests.
- Ask and answer questions and increase your expertise when you get involved in the Rational forums, cafés, and wikis.
- Get social about thought leadership. Join the Rational community to share your Rational software expertise and get connected with your peers.
Dave is an architect for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, with a concentration on the IBM i. He has worked with IBM for more than 36 years and has been on the development teams for the System/38, AS/400, iSeries, and IBM i, as well as products for IBM System z and its client software. His technical interests encompass programming languages, object-oriented programming, user interfaces, databases, abstraction, and techniques for writing clean code.