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Rational Developer for i V9.0 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.0 are now available!
(Note: there have been updates to the information. The latest updates are at the bottom of this post.)
Overview of Rational V9.0 IDE products: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/rational-ide-v9/index.html
RDi 9.0 product page: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/us/en/dev-ibm-i
RDi 9.0 Fix List: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038481
Great news everybody, The development team for Rational Developer for Power have been very busy producing videos and demos to illustrate how to install configure, use projects, edit, navigate source, validate, build, debug on our supported languages on IBM i, AIX, and Linux. Check it out. Learning how to effectively use these tools has never been easier. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ieduasst/rtnv1r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.iea.rdp/plugin_coverpage.html
With RDi V7.5 come some changes to the default user ID for connection types. In previous releases when you would connect to IBM i, Linux, etc. the user ID field would be empty. Now the user ID field is pre-filled with your Windows login ID. If your Windows login ID matches your connection login ID then this is good news and will make logging in quicker. However for those that don't have them matching, like myself, you can manually change the default user ID. Since for IBM i connection types I have the same login ID for all my machines, I... [More]
I don't know how many times a day I have to hit Ctrl+z to undo Word or PowerPoint's "auto correction" of my i to an I (as in Rational Developer for I, Rational Team Concert for I, or IBM I). So I finally bit the bullet and removed those auto-correction rules since I don't generally write about myself in Word or PowerPoint. Honestly, i have no idea why it took me so long
Over the past 2 months I've been doing a monthly webcast series with Sirius Computer Solutions on Rational Developer for i (RDi) . The format is generall 40 min deep dive on a specific topic, 10 min preview of the next month's topic, and 10 mins for Q&A. So far we have covered an overview and a deep dive on RSE. The webcasts are being recorded and are available for playback . The next one is this coming Friday (November 13th) and will cover the Integrated i Debugger; one of my favorite RDi topics because it's so easy to use and something I... [More]
We get a lot of questions about SQL tools and Rational Developer for i (RDi) . While we didn't ship the Eclipse Data Tools Platform (SQL tooling) in RDi 7.1 or 7.5, they can be added in after the fact. This is one of the great advantages of an extensible, integrated development environment like Eclipse (which RDi is built on top of). Dmitry Baev , one of the RDi developers, has a new article published in IBM Systems Magazine on Using the Eclipse Data Tools Platform and SQL Tools with RDi .
System i Developer (a.k.a Susan, Jon, Paul, and Skip) have updated their RSE Pin-up with 10 new shortcuts and new tips on customizing the RPG editor. These 10 new shortcuts now bring the total to 46; including what I would consider to be the core, must know, RSE keyboard shortcuts. Printing and posting this is a must for anyone using the RSE!
A Beta is now available for an experimental technology optimizing test coverage and utilization that is provided in the form of IBM Installation Manager offering that can be installed into existing instances of IBM Rational Developer for i V9.1.1 or IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.1.1.
This is an enhanced code coverage experience which allows your testers and developers to understand your automated or manual test coverage. You will gain insight into what source files are covered and what tests need to be run when... [More]
When clicking Update in IBM Installation Manager, it will search the IBM service repositories for product updates (e.g. fixpacks). The service repositories are hosted on IBM servers. There have been recent changes to the servers to address security vulnerabilities. As a result, Installation Manager 1.7.3 or older will no longer find product updates. Installation Manager 1.8 or newer works with the updated server.
For more information, see http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21695613
Rational Developer for i V9.1.1 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.1.1 fixpacks for V9.1 are now available!
You can go to IBM Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files (links available in the Fix List documents). The Fix List documents list the enhancements and APARS included in the fixpacks.
RDi Fix List: htt p :// w ww- 0 1.i b m.c o m/s u ppo r t/d o cvi e w.w s s?u i d=s w g27 0 384 8 1
Knowledge center: http ://w ww-0 1.ib... [More]
The IBM Support Portal has a feature for sending you email notifications for the latest information on products including Rational Developer for i.
It is very configurable. You can choose which products you are interested in and you can also choose what type of information you want to be notified about. e.g. new releases, new fixpacks, APARs, etc.
To set this up:
- go to the RDi Support Portal at http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/product/rational/rational_developer_for_i?productContext=219228721
There is a new video available which shows you the Push-to-Client feature being introduced in Rational Developer for i V9.1.1. The feature provides the capability for centralizing administration of tool and workspace configurations and settings. RDi V9.1.1 will be available Dec 12, 2014 as a fixpack for V9.1.
Version 9.1.1 of Rational Developer for i and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux were announced today.
They will be made available as fixpacks (not new installs) in December.
For details, see:
There is a Redbook and a Redpaper covering modernizing IBM i Applications you might find useful.
Redbook: Modernization of IBM i Applications - from the Database Up to the User Interface and Everything in between
Redpaper: Tools and Solutions for Modernizing your IBM i Applications
We are gathering some good resources to help those who have decided to purchase and need to navigate the product fulfillment process.
There is now a new section to the wiki on how to purchase RDi
It points to helpful primer information on different editions, license types and product fulfillment channels.
There is an intro to the ordering process for both channels complete with flow chart .... [More]
Check out the newly updated Enterprise Modernization Power Systems Sandbox and experience Rational application development solutions for IBM i, IBM AIX, and Linux on Power.
We are especially excited with the latest updates for IBM i developers, featuring:
New instant access to the environment - "Nothing to install!"
Refreshed levels of software - IBM i OS, server and client components
Improved usability - your server credentials last for the whole work week!
Nine RDi labs... [More]
NOTE: Please read as the information on this blog post has been corrected.
Anyone entitled to 9.0 should also see 9.1 available on ESS. If you do not see RDi 9.0 or 9.1, it is possible that you need to change the IBM i OS level to 6.1 or higher in order to see them.
IBM SDK for Node.js 220.127.116.11 for Cordova tools interim fix has been made available for Rational Developer for i v9.1.
The interim fix is to address the OpsenSSL vulnerability in the IBM SDK for Node.js used by the Cordova tools in the Modernization Tools, Java Edition.
The interim fix does not affect any other features.
To apply the interim fix, open IBM Installation Manager and select Update.
RDi provides you with options to use both local and remote help.
A number of people were asking if it is possible to switch to local help to avoid firewall or network lag.
Here is a wiki page documenting how.
Rational Developer for i V9.1 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.1 are now available on Passport Advantage!
Note: see the bottom of the post for updated information.
RDi product page: http ://w ww-0 3.ib m.co m/so ftwa re/p rodu cts/ us/e n/de v-ib m- i
RDi Fix List: http ://w ww-0 1.ib m.co m/su ppor t/do cvie w.ws s?ui d=sw g270 3848 1
Knowledge center: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSAE4W_9.1.0
RD AIX and Linux C/C++ Edition product page: http ://w ww.i... [More]
Version 9.1 of Rational Developer for i and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux were announced today.
For details, see http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUSC14-019#214-188
The new versions will be available May 23, 2014.
There are multiple methods for how to have Rational Developer for i installed and updated when considering a large number of developer machines.
For an overview of the methods, please see http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21668005 ,
The Rational Developer for i trial page ( https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rdi/ ) is not currently showing the Web Install option but it is possible. With the Web Install option, you do not need to download the large zip files.
For details how you can do a web install, please see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21667734 .
The following presentation shows what RDi, the latest RPG language enhancements, embedded SQL, RPG Open Access and Profound Logic can do to make your ILE RPG programs look modern from the language and tools to the end application.
What's New in Rational Developer for i 9.0.1 was presented at the Toronto Users Group ( www.tug.ca ) on January 22, 2014.
The presentation includes the updates that were done to support the RPG language changes for free-form H/F/D/P specs along with the list of RFEs and APARs that were addressed.
The presentation is available at http://www.tug.ca/Downloads.html
Joe Pluta wrote an excellent article on how the 2 different ordering channels for Rational Developer for i
We recently got a question on how to get the activation kit for RDi if you ordered through the hardware channel.
You should have a CD in your media pack the contains the activation kit. The description should be on the CD label. For RDi 9.0 the activation kit... [More]
The Rational Developer for i V9.0.1 fix pack for V9.0 is now available.
Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RDi 9.0.1.
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Fix List http ://w ww.i bm.c om/s uppo rt/d ocvi ew.w ss?u id=s wg27 0384 8 1
The Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.0.1 fix pack for V9.0 is now available.
Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RD AIX and Linux 9.0.1.
18.104.22.168 Download http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24036659
Fix List http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038480
The Rational Developer for i V22.214.171.124 fix pack for V9.0 is now available.
Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RDi 126.96.36.199.
188.8.131.52 Download http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24035419
Fix List http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038481
The Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V184.108.40.206 fix pack for V9.0 is now available.
Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RD AIX and Linux 220.127.116.11.
UPDATE - August 3, 2013
18.104.22.168 Download http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24035421
Fix List http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038480
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise now offers software images with Rational Developer for i 9.0 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux 9.0.
There are enhanced configuration options for the images which let you customize the instance created. Options include also installing Rational Team Concert and IBM Data Studio for you!
Note: currently it is offered as BYOL - Bring your own license. http ://w ww.i bm.c om/d evel oper work s/cl oud/ devt est. html #byo l
Learn more about the... [More]
Managing software and product lifecycle integration has always been a challenge and with the rate of the new demands on the enterprise the challenges are increasing. Leaders from different standards organizations and industry will lead interactive discussions on the importance of open technologies to help enterprises manage the lifecycle activities within their environments. Learn about the direction lifecycle integration is taking as a result of the inclusion of open standards and the importance of this work to you. You will also hear how you... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise now offers a software image with RD Power 8.5.1. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/devtest.html Note: currently it is offered as BYOL - Bring your own license. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/devtest.html#byol Here is a link to an overview of SmartCloud Enterprise for development and test: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-cloudview.html IBM on the Cloud FAQ: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-cloudfaq.html Update: here is a direct link for the RD Power Cloud... [More]
The Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.5.1 fix pack for V8.5 is now available. Customers
can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to
find the downloadable files for RD Power 8.5.1. Also
available is the November 2012 AIX server runtime refresh for Rational
Developer for Power Systems Software V8.5 and the November 2012 Power
Linux server runtime refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems
Software V8.5. Fix List (has list of the changes/RFEs/APARs): ... [More]
I’ve compiled a short list of sources to help folks get started with RD Power. If you know of any references that can be added to this list, let me know and I’ll update this entry to include them.
8.5.1 announce and content Eric Simpson has written another blog entry on the availability of 8.5.1 I hope to have an article with some details of the 8.5.1 features available soon - improvements made to compare and to RPG Live! 8.5 announce and content
IBM Announcement Letter
I have finally published an article... [More]
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Tap Your Full Potential with POWERful Software Development If you've made the wise investment in IBM Power Systems, why not maximize it with Rational Developer for Power Version 8.5? This compelling new IDE offers powerful code performance recommendations, code coverage analysis and code porting capabilities -- all of which add up to better software, rolled into production faster, with fewer bugs and higher uptime.
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IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software is a family of software
development tools that afford proven benefits of increased developer
productivity and skills transferability. For a full use case, see “Sky High.” Until now, one could have accurately described it
as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) optimized for developing on Power
Systems technology. However, new capabilities just introduced extend it into
something more: an integrated development, optimization and porting environment,
if you will. Read more .
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i, AIX, and Linux for Faster Time to Market
Get an early look at
the next version of Rational's offerings for Power Systems. New advancements in
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Listen to the replay .
Read Dave Dykstals latest article about RD Power v8.0.3. Although this is a service release, it contains some significant new functions. Check out the improvements described in
the IBM i enhancements section, which are a direct result of many Requests for Enhancement (RFEs) of the IBM® i
operating system support in Rational Developer for Power. Then read up about common AIX and Linux support, including reconciler updates and launch configuration updates. Next, see COBOL on AIX features that include a new COBOL editor, a new structured... [More]
The Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V22.214.171.124 fix pack is now available. Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RD Power 126.96.36.199. Also available is the January 2012 AIX server runtime refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0 and the January 2012 Power Linux server runtime refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0. Fix List: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27021392 188.8.131.52 Fixpack: Readme doc: ... [More]
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The Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0.3 refresh pack is now available. For new customers, you can download a full electronic image of 8.0.3 or order the physical media using Passport Advantage or AAS. Existing customers can update to the 8.0.3 level. Also available is the October 2011 AIX refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0 and the October 2011 Power Linux refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0. Fix List: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27021392 8.0.3... [More]
Rational® Developer for Power Systems Software™ offers
integrated development environments for the major development workloads
on IBM® i, AIX®, and Linux™,
including RPG, COBOL, DDS, CL, C/C++, Java™ on IBM i, Java,
C/C++ on Linux, C/C++, COBOL,
and Java on AIX. Version 8.0.3 enhancements include:
Support for GNU C/C++ compiler, including a parser, compile result
integration and the ability to debug applications compiled using the
GNU compiler A new migration and porting assistance framework, and an initial
set of rules for COBOL... [More]