Unifying Development Environments
RosalindRadcliffe 100000CDYG Visits (1222)
I have been spending lots of time recently with clients discussing their z/OS development environments and I am finding a new push for change. While I am not sure of all the factors that are driving this it does seem that there is more desire within development organizations to change. One is the development teams are, on average perhaps, getting younger. The newer developers are more reluctant to learn the older tools and are more used to the modern development practices. A second is the pressure to move faster with fewer resources.
But whatever is driving the interest, the good news is there are now multi platform modern development tools that provide all the necessary capabilities for doing z/OS development. It's only recently that true multi platform development tools have been developed. Generally the tooling for z/OS development has been isolated and has not had significant change in years. With the new multi platform development tools there is finally a reason to development teams to move.
This is where the Rational development tools come in to play, a complete multi platform modern development environment for z/OS as well as distributed. One critical component to the new development environment is the source control and build capability. This specifically points to Rational Team Concert (RTC). It’s a modern team collaboration development environment that truly supports your development no matter your language or platform. With RTC you have a full change set based SCM that provides clear view of the history of all the changes and fully supports parallel development. And you have a full dependency build capability for z/OS as well as distributed build and the ability to integrate with other distributed build systems such as Jenkins. Just go to Jazz.net to see RTC in action along with many other products.
I will be part of a Systems Magazine Web event on Wednesday May 14th at 11am with Robin Macfarlane of RRMac Associates to discuss Unifying Mainframe and Distributed Development Environments, from IBM . Register for the event at http