What is a release train? Think of it as an integration platform for delivering Dev and Ops capability. And, the good news - Explorer for z/OS V3.0 Aqua is part of the z/OS operating system entitlement. So you can benefit from the capability available on this platform at no additional charge!
So, what is Aqua? z/OS Explorer Aqua release brings the base Eclipse platform to Luna platform (Eclipse V4.4). If you are using Eclipse-based tools while you are interacting with z/OS, you may wonder what this announcement may bring to you. You should continue to read this blog as we plan to bring significant advancements to all z/OS users on this platform.
Aqua brings an improved user experience for all z/OS application developers & system programmers. z/OS Explorer Aqua release provides more robust infrastructure for accessing resources you need while performing day-to-day activities with your z/OS systems. For example, it provides robust connection while editing data sets and HFS files. It also provides improved views for interacting with JES as well as a console for issuing TSO commands. It includes a smart editor for JCL scripts, too.
With Aqua, installation and deployment is made simpler. Aqua simplifies installation of IBM plug-ins by allowing you to select a set of plug-ins from a list of compatible tools. We are taking steps to simplify this experience by leveraging the open standard (P2) as well as continue to provide support for IBM Installation Manager.
z/OS Explorer Aqua includes push-to-client technology to simplify the task of deploying maintenance of plug-ins. Using this technology, a system administrator is able to set up a policy to enable all connecting clients/workbenches to be updated upon connection to the server. The centrally managed policy ensures all users are using the right level of plug-ins based on your policy and frequency of updates required.
As I said earlier, the Aqua “release train” is an integration platform for delivering Dev and Ops capability, and we eat our own cooking.
As part of DevOps transformation internally at IBM, we built a brand new continuous build and test infrastructure which spans across development teams within z Systems Software, our own internal release train. This means we are able to build & test plug-ins together and ensure they are compatible before we make them available to you. This infrastructure is our strategic investment to enable us to deliver high value integrated solutions to you. Having a common infrastructure means our developers are able to work more collaboratively and address problems which span multiple products in our portfolio. This is a true DevOps platform because we bring capabilities for Development (RDz and PD Tools), Operations (CICS Tools), and Runtime (CICS Explorer). And, we plan to make additional capabilities available on this platform. So stay tuned!
IBM Explorer for z/OS V3.0 Aqua release brings significant enhancements to all z/OS users – specifically for application developers and system programmers.
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Kenichi Yoshimura, IBM Offering Manager (z/OS Explorer, CICS Tools, PD Tools and RDz)
Joe Winchester, STSM & IBM Master Inventor