Today I was talking with a customer who has Java applications that call COBOL and SQL stored procedures to do some additional business logic. My customer asked me if IBM offers a tool that can assist programmers and DBAs to do seamless debugging between Java applications and stored procedures.
This isn’t the first time that I have heard this request from customers because it can be a real pain point.The scenario is this: during development, developers need to debug a Java application that invokes a COBOL stored procedure and a SQL procedure. To debug that, you might need multiple tools - one that debugs the Java application, one for debugging COBOL stored procedures and another for the SQL. In fact, by co-installing (shell sharing) Optim Development Studio with Rational Developer for System z, you actually can do this end to end debugging without switching contexts. ODS provides the SQL procedure debugging capability, and RDz provides Java application and COBOL stored procedure debugging capabilities.
Next week, please join me on a follow up to our previous session on on building and deploying SQL stored procedures for DB2 for z/OS. In next week's session, Marichu Scanlon and I will go into more details on debugging, including some hints and tips. And we have our Rational friends on board to demonstrate debugging how to debug COBOL stored procedures.
May the demo gods be smiling upon us.