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Code Coverage has been out for a little while now and it is brand new functionality that isn't just an incremental improvement on existing features from WDSc etc. In order to help people get comfortable with these new feature a new lab has been added to the set of Hands-On labs so that anyone can play with this and see how to apply this within the context of their own shop. The entire set of labs is available at http://ibm.biz/rdi_labs and the 10th lab is the brand new one. You will need at least RDi 9.5 to try this and IBM... [More]
Joe Pluta wrote an excellent article on how the 2 different ordering channels for Rational Developer for i http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/general/rational_procurement1/?page=2 We recently got a question on how to get the activation kit for RDi if you ordered through the hardware channel. http://archive.midrange.com/wdsci-l/201401/msg00143.html 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 CD number should be... [More]
javajoe2000 asked a good question on the RPG discussion forum: Why RDi 7.5? . I've written up a document with my opinions on why I think IBM i development shops should switch from SEU / PDM to RDi here: Why RDi 7.5 Please post discussion comments under Joe's original posting.
In the details of the IBM i 7.3 announcement you will find that the Orion editor will be shipped for free as part of the OPS product on IBM i. It even supports free form RPG. Orion works very well with Git which is an open source, fast and robust source control facility. Both of these are just now available via PTF, the details can be see on the 5733=OPS developerworks page . To see a video overview of Orion and Git which gives you free source control see this YouTube link . Very exciting and... [More]
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 changes... [More]
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]
RDi 9.5.1 has been announced and will be available on September 9. It is an update for all existing users. No new license is required. For new users, there are refreshed images at the 9.5.1 level (instead of having to get 9.5 and update to 9.5.1) in Passport Advantage (Sept 9) and ESS (Sept 13). IBM® Rational® Developer for i, V9.5.1 delivers the following significant new capabilities: Support for Apple Mac OS X operating system Support for ILE RPG O-Spec in the dynamic outline view F1 language-sensitive help... [More]
Fix Pack 2 for RD Power v7.6 is now available. The fix pack contains fixes to version 7.6. To install the fix pack, start the IBM Installation Manager and click on 'Update'. The fix pack is also available as a downloadable zip (~200MB). Readme: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27020917 Download link: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24029161 The following corrections and enhancements have been included in this fix pack. IBM i:
SE45905 - Free form SQL formatter removes plus characters '+' from statements.
IBM SDK for Node.js 22.214.171.124 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.
Last Friday I was presenting at the Wisconsin user group (WMCPA) on various RDi related topics. It was their all day fall conference and it went really well IMHO. Here are a few random thoughts from the day. There is a mental shift moving from the green screen "single task" based tools to the "multi-task" based RSE environment. I'm not just talking about the learning curve of learning a new tool, it's more about the mental shift of really understanding how the new tool works. That's a bit abstract, so let me try to make it more concrete with an... [More]
Here is a link to an updated What's New in RDi presentation that was presented to the Gateway/400 user group on February 9, 2017: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/form/api/wiki/6798aec4-969a-4fa1-99a6-07f4a1493062/page/6066c731-9cf5-43aa-ac6e-0a7fe9500468/attachment/e325e89d-5237-4554-8864-01232fa28a08/media/RDi%20What%27s%20new%209.5.1%20and%126.96.36.199.pdf It includes 9.5.1 and 188.8.131.52 items.
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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