Click & Go Z Software trials, now a reality!!
When IBM started building the Z Trial program, we were addressing a need: a way to demo our products free-and-clear of any constraints you might come across when trying to demo software in your real-life environment. IBM wanted to provide a safe place to learn and demo new technologies, at-speed, so the user could demo the products in a pre-configured environment within hours. After all, we are all about DevOps and what is DevOps if not delivering at speed? In doing this, we not only opened an avenue to try our products and do a mini-evaluation prior to a Proof of Concept or Proof of Technology, but we also created a way for people to educate themselves on our products by using real world scenarios to guide themselves through many of the features and functions of our software.
We have many of our software products available in Z Trial for you to get your hands on and “kick the tires,” so to speak. More are getting added every day. And on that note, we would like to welcome IBM’s Application Delivery Foundations for z Systems (ADFz) to the Z Trial family.
In the ADFz Z Trial experience, we set up three walkthroughs based on tasks and workflow models that developers do. These walkthroughs take you through assessing COBOL code coverage, doing development and maintenance tasks, building, and debugging source code, all within a preconfigured, safe (read: not your responsibility to maintain) environment. The trials included are:
Code Coverage – Take IBM’s COBOL code coverage for a spin. In this scenario, you will use JCL to execute Code Coverage for a COBOL program. After viewing the report, you will change an input in the JCL in order to create a new code coverage report based on new data. You will be taken through how to merge code coverage reports, how to create a save location for merged reports, how to modify the reports, and how they display based on the amount of code executed in the program.
Develop and Compile – In this scenario, you are guided through a workflow that has you research, update, apply fixes, and compile COBOL source code using some of ADFz’s most used features and functions. You will be able to get your hands on Advanced Search, Analysis tools including the Program Flow Diagram, snippets, Content Assist, Software Analyzer, and using Code Formatting to make the source file conform to custom formatting standards for ease of readability and maintenance.
Debug – The Debug scenario takes you through debugging COBOL code. To add a little flavor to the scenario, we included tasks like setting up test data using ADFz + Data Studio data tools, preparing the source by making changes and verifying them, then building for debug. Once the build is done and everything checks out, you get to try out the debugger and debug the source you set up in previous steps.
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Experience IBM’s Application Delivery Foundations for z Systems software in a pre-configured environment within hours and see for yourself why millions of developers choose IBM’s DevOps tools.
About the author
Christopher Sayles - DevOps Enablement and Digital Marketing Specialist, IBM Systems
Chris is the DevOps Enablement specialist with a focus around IBM Developer for z Systems and IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence. Chris workswith internal tech and sales teams on many aspects of enablement around the new product line, including stand-up instruction, self-paced video learning, education materials, and training event coordination. Chris isalso a major cont