IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 provides an evaluation optionIBM United States Software Announcement 211-253
July 26, 2011
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|At a glance|
IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 delivers a formal mechanism to let customers evaluate and test the product capabilities internally for 70 days without a valid License Key.
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IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition allows:
- Organizations to reuse existing skills when creating modern RPG-based applications by providing a way for RPG developers to use the simple and well-understood RPG I/O model to access resources and devices that are not natively supported by RPG
- Software tool vendors, business partners, services organizations, and users to create and offer I/O handlers to access the wide range of available resources and devices, creating an innovative array of options for RPG development organizations
Effective on July 29, 2011, IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 is available in the IBM Entitled Software Support (ESS) website for evaluation. Because it is not included in the IBM i Keyed Product media, you can download the product in ESS for internal evaluation, testing, or demonstration purposes for 70 days without a valid License Key.
After 70 days the product will not operate without a valid License Key. If you want to continue using the product after 70 days, you must then obtain a valid License Key, by purchasing the product.
To download IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1, for evaluation from ESS, follow the steps below:
- Click "IBM i Evaluation, Try&Buy and NLV download" option in the left pane
- Select your customer number
- Select the machine to download the software product for
- Select product ID 5733-OAR
- Click to continue
For instruction on how to burn CDs/DVDs, go to
Further details about ESS software downloads can be found in the help section:
For ordering, contact Your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner. For more information contact the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255). Reference: AE001
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|Planned availability date|
July 29, 2011
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The RPG IV programming language has a strong record of being an efficient and productive language for writing business applications on IBM i. With each IBM i release, the language has been continuously enhanced, including the latest 7.1 release. These enhancements allowed RPG IV to interoperate with other languages in today's mixed environments, with improved application maintenance and quality, and kept RPG IV current with system enhancements.
Other major enhancements, such as the introduction of the Integrated Language Environment® (ILE) and local files support in procedures, have allowed organizations to write modular, reusable code following programming best practices.
To further modernize the language and allow RPG-based applications to interface with the wide range of new devices and resources, enhancements were made to RPG IV in IBM i 7.1 and 6.1 to open up the file I/O capabilities. This allowed anyone to write innovative I/O handlers to access other devices and resources such as:
- Mobile devices
- Cloud computing resources
- Web services
- External databases
- XML files
Software tool vendors, business partners, services organizations, and users write the handlers that extend RPG IV's I/O capabilities to new resources and devices. IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition provides the runtime enablement for the I/O handlers. RPG developers can access the resource or device in their applications using native RPG file specifications and I/O operations, allowing developers to reuse their existing skills and gaining the programming efficiency that organizations, typically expected from RPG.
IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition is required on partitions where programs using I/O handlers are running.
Open Access is a full-featured version of the limited support provided by RPG SPECIAL files. It provides a way for RPG programmers to use the simple and well-understood RPG I/O model to access devices that are not directly supported by RPG.
When the HANDLER keyword is specified on a File specification, the RPG compiler will generate code to use the specified handling procedure for I/O operations to the file rather than generating code to call the system's data management functions.
The HANDLER keyword can be used for any RPG device, DISK, PRINTER, or WORKSTN. The provider of the handling procedure can choose the RPG device-type that best fits the function that the handler provides. For example, a user interface application could map to a WORKSTN file, an Excel document could map to a PRINTER file, and a web service could map to a keyed DISK file.
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IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition opens up the RPG file I/O capabilities, allowing software tool vendors, business partners, services organizations, and users to write custom I/O handlers that can access new devices and resources that are not directly supported by RPG. This allows RPG developers to write applications that can directly access these devices and resources while still using the regular RPG I/O model.
IBM Rational Host Access Transformation Services (HATS) performs runtime transformations of 5250 applications, allowing existing applications to be extended to the web, web services, portlets, rich clients, and mobile devices. Because HATS transforms the 5250 data stream, it does not require any changes to the application source code and is effective for organizations needing a quick, low-cost solution. It is also effective when the source code for the application is not available.
IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction provides the development tooling for Enterprise Generation Language (EGL), a high- level business language designed for portability and to simplify the development of Web 2.0 and SOA solutions. EGL shields developers from the underlying middleware and programming languages. These abstractions allow developers to use a single language for all aspects of the applications: user interface, controller logic, and business logic. EGL has built-in language support for calling batch RPG and COBOL programs and service programs on IBM i so organizations can reuse existing business logic.
IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere® Software provides Java and Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) development tools, helping teams design, develop, test, profile, and deploy portal, Web/Web 2.0, web services, and SOA applications. Java can call batch RPG and COBOL programs and service programs on IBM i so organizations can reuse existing business logic. Rational Application Developer should be used by teams using Java as a platform for modernizing their IBM i applications with Web user interfaces and Web services interfaces.
IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software: RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i provides a modern integrated development environment for creating and maintaining RPG-, COBOL-, CL-, and DDS-based applications on IBM i, independent of the style of application or technology used for user interface, services interfaces, or database technology. IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software can be installed into the same workbench as HATS, IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction, and IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software: RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i, providing developers with a single workbench for creating and maintaining all aspects of their applications.
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Program Program number VRM name 5733-OAR 1.1.1 IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition
Product identification number
Program PID SWMA PID SWMA PID number number description 5733-OAR 5660-OAR IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition N/C Registration and 1-year renewal 5661-OAR IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition 1 year after License 5662-OAR IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition 3-year registration 5663-OAR IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition 3-year renewal 5664-OAR IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition 3 years after License
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
Business Partner information
If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).
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No publications are shipped with this program.
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Specified operating environment
IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 supports all the hardware models that support IBM i V6.1 and V7.1.
- IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 supports IBM i V6.1 and V7.1 operating systems.
- IBM Rational Development Studio for i V6.1 (5761-WDS) or V7.1 (5770-WDS) applicable PTFs.
- RPG runtime V6.1 (5761-SS1) or V7.1 (5770-SS1) applicable PTFs.
- 5761-SS1: PTF SI43158 is required.
- 5770-SS1: PTF SI43159 is required.
- Information about the latest PTFs related to Rational Open Access: RPG Edition can be found in the RPG Cafe
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
- IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 License Information Documentation (GC52-1364)
- IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 product (LCD8-1464)
Security, auditability, and control
IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 uses the security and auditability features of the IBM i operating system.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Program name PID number Charge metric IBM Rational Open Access: 5733-OAR Processor-based OTC RPG Edition
OTC Charge features
For charge features, refer to Software Announcement 210-114, dated April 13, 2010.
Feature Feature description number IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition V1.1.1 media 5829
Feature Feature description number
SW KEY 1ST MT DIGIT 4001
SW KEY 2ST MT DIGIT 4002 SW KEY 3RD MT DIGIT 4003 SW KEY 4TH MT DIGIT 4004 SW KEY 1ST CPU DIGIT 4005 SW KEY 2ND CPU DIGIT 4006 SW KEY 3ND CPU DIGIT 4007 SW KEY 4TH CPU DIGIT 4008 SW KEY 5TH CPU DIGIT 4009 SW KEY 6TH CPU DIGIT 4010 SW KEY 7TH CPU DIGIT 4011 LPAR support 3441
IBM Software Temporary License Per Processor for i (5733-ITL) feature number IBM Rational Open Access RPG Edition V1.1.1 5987
The following feature numbers are added to 5663-OAR (IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition 3-year renewal)
For other renewal and after license feature number information for the product, refer to Software Announcement 210-114, dated April 13, 2010.
IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition 3-year renewal Charge (5663-OAR) feature number
P05 Open Access: RPG Edition OTC 3-year Renewal 0199 P10 Open Access: RPG Edition OTC 3-year Renewal 0200 P20 Open Access: RPG Edition OTC 3-year Renewal 0201 P30 Open Access: RPG Edition OTC 3-year Renewal 0202 P40 Open Access: RPG Edition OTC 3-year Renewal 0203 P50 Open Access: RPG Edition OTC 3-year Renewal 0204 P60 Open Access: RPG Edition OTC 3-year Renewal 0205 P05 to P10 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0206 P05 to P20 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0207 P05 to P30 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0208 P05 to P40 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0209 P05 to P50 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0210 P05 to P60 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0211 P10 to P20 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0212 P10 to P30 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0213 P10 to P40 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0214 P10 to P50 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0215 P10 to P60 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0216 P20 to P30 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0217 P20 to P40 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0218 P20 to P50 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0219 P20 to P60 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0220 P30 to P40 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0221 P30 to P50 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0222 P30 to P60 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0223 P40 to P50 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0224 P40 to P60 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0225 P50 to P60 Open Access: RPG Edition Upgrade 0226
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Educational allowance available
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
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