DLIModel Utility - an RDz Plug-in for visualizing IMS Databases
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Among the many reasons to use RDz - includes the fact that, while ISPF has a mature and excellent set of tools for developing z/OS apps, ISPF has been at the top (probably even down
Software innovation and enhancements - useful time and cost-saving features are seldom added to technologies at the of the S Curve - because other technologies (and here I'm referring to the Eclipse tools and to RDz) are where the world has turned to invest software engineering cycles.
Consider say, a rotary phone versus the iPhone as an analogy. Certainly you can call someone up using a rotary phone (I think) - but there are soooooo many things you can't do with a rotary phone (like respond to digital prompts) - and it takes significantly longer to do the basics. And then there are things newer phones - and iPhones do, that rotary phones can't even dream of. iPhone-Apps <==> RDz/Ecplise plug-ins.
So plug-ins allow you to extend the functionality of your workbench into areas not installed by default base. One of many functional-areas addressed by plug-ins is the ability to view or visualize a DL/I database graphically. I've uploaded some files to this Blog that show this capability - and also how to get up and running with it.
If you use DL/I (either from IMS or through CICS-DL/I) Give this a try and let me know how it works it out for you? Thanks and Happy Memorial Day to you guys in the U.S.