Welcome to the IBM Rational Developer for i hub; a place for the RDi community to mingle and discuss all things RDi and a central place to help you find the RDi information you need. It's an area where you can get to know the developers
We get a lot of questions about SQL tools and Rational Developer for i (RDi) . While we didn't ship the Eclipse Data Tools Platform (SQL tooling) in RDi 7.1 or 7.5, they can be added in after the fact. This is one of the great advantages of an extensible, integrated development environment like Eclipse (which RDi is built on top of). Dmitry Baev , one of the RDi developers, has a new article published in IBM Systems Magazine on Using the Eclipse Data Tools Platform and SQL Tools with RDi .
Over the past 2 months I've been doing a monthly webcast series with Sirius Computer Solutions on Rational Developer for i (RDi) . The format is generall 40 min deep dive on a specific topic, 10 min preview of the next month's topic, and 10 mins for Q&A. So far we have covered an overview and a deep dive on RSE. The webcasts are being recorded and are available for playback . The next one is this coming Friday (November 13th) and will cover the Integrated i Debugger; one of my favorite RDi topics because it's so easy to use and something I... [More]
I get this question a lot: "can I set the set the Date field for a line or selection of lines in the Remote Systems LPEX Editor". The good news is that it's possible. The not so bad news is that you have to setup some simple preferences to make this happen. First, to show the Date field in the LPEX Editor you need to right click in the editor and select Source > Show Date Area. You can also set the Show date area preference on the Remote Systems > Remote Systems LPEX Editor preference page so you don't have to do this every time you open... [More]
I don't know how many times a day I have to hit Ctrl+z to undo Word or PowerPoint's "auto correction" of my i to an I (as in Rational Developer for I, Rational Team Concert for I, or IBM I). So I finally bit the bullet and removed those auto-correction rules since I don't generally write about myself in Word or PowerPoint. Honestly, i have no idea why it took me so long
With RDi V7.5 come some changes to the default user ID for connection types. In previous releases when you would connect to IBM i, Linux, etc. the user ID field would be empty. Now the user ID field is pre-filled with your Windows login ID. If your Windows login ID matches your connection login ID then this is good news and will make logging in quicker. However for those that don't have them matching, like myself, you can manually change the default user ID. Since for IBM i connection types I have the same login ID for all my machines, I... [More]
Tomorrow (Friday Jan 8) is the 4th webcast in the freee RDi series being run by Sirius Computer Solutions (on of our IBM business partners) and co-presented by me. This webcast will focus on the Application Diagram, a tool within RDi that can generate visual overviews of the structure of a set of source members or programs / service programs. This includes: A visual call graph for ILE RPG, COBOL, and CL source members A visual graph showing the ILE bindings between modules, programs, and service programs Here are the details for joining, this... [More]
I'm getting ready for an RDi customer demo for Monday and my co-presenter asked what are the main points I normally cover for RDi. Since I typed up the email, I figured I'd post it here as well. So here is my RDi elevator pitch (provided it's the CN Tower elevator): Modern Eclipse / Rational SDP tools for the IBM i RPG and COBOL developers. SEU / DPM tools are old and don't have even the basic features that developer on other platforms take for granted. Things as simple as the ability to undo and redo changes. Things as advanced as the ability... [More]
System i Developer (a.k.a Susan, Jon, Paul, and Skip) have updated their RSE Pin-up with 10 new shortcuts and new tips on customizing the RPG editor. These 10 new shortcuts now bring the total to 46; including what I would consider to be the core, must know, RSE keyboard shortcuts. Printing and posting this is a must for anyone using the RSE!
Fix Pack 3 for RDi v7.5 is now available. The fix pack contains enhancements and fixes to version 7.5. To install the fix pack, start the IBM Installation Manager and click on 'Update'. The fix pack is also available as a downloadable zip (500MB). You will find it on the Download section of the support site soon. You can also download the zip from: http://download.boulder.ibm.com/ibmdl/pub/software/awdtools/rdi/v75/7503/zips/rdi-188.8.131.52.zip Link to the RDi 184.108.40.206 Release Notes:... [More]
javajoe2000 asked a good question on the RPG discussion forum: Why RDi 7.5? . I've written up a document with my opinions on why I think IBM i development shops should switch from SEU / PDM to RDi here: Why RDi 7.5 Please post discussion comments under Joe's original posting.
Last Friday I was presenting at the Wisconsin user group (WMCPA) on various RDi related topics. It was their all day fall conference and it went really well IMHO. Here are a few random thoughts from the day. There is a mental shift moving from the green screen "single task" based tools to the "multi-task" based RSE environment. I'm not just talking about the learning curve of learning a new tool, it's more about the mental shift of really understanding how the new tool works. That's a bit abstract, so let me try to make it more concrete with an... [More]
Fix Pack 5 for RDi v7.5 is now available. Note: there was no 220.127.116.11 The fix pack contains fixes to version 7.5. To install the fix pack, start the IBM Installation Manager and click on 'Update'. The fix pack is also available as a downloadable zip (580MB). You will find it on the Download section of the support site soon. You can also download the zip from: http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/awdtools/rdi/v75/7505/zips/rdi-18.104.22.168.zip Link to the RDi 22.214.171.124 Release Notes:... [More]
I'm presenting on RDi today as part of SystemiNetwork's free IBM i Development Essentials Virtual Conference today. I'll be presenting "RPG and COBOL Development in Less Time With Better Quality Using Rational Developer for i " at 4PM EST. I've created most of this presentation from scratch and there should be some goodies for both new and experienced RDi users. Hope to see you there!
Fix Pack 1 for RD Power v7.6 is now available. The fix pack contains fixes to version 7.6. To install the fix pack, start the IBM Installation Manager and click on 'Update'. The fix pack is also available as a downloadable zip (200MB). You will find it on the Download section of the support site at: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24027061 Link to the RD Power 126.96.36.199 Release Notes: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27019029 Also available for users of the COBOL Development Tools for AIX or C/C++ Development... [More]
The RDi install is fairly straight-forward. But one question that users have wondered about is the one on using an existing package group or creating a new one. The notion of a package group is of a group of products that are integrated together. If you only have one product, then you create a package group just for the one product. If you have multiple products, you can choose to install them all into the same package group so that they are integrated (all their functionality being available in one IDE). There are additional uses of... [More]