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
Rational Developer for i V9.5 is now available! It requires a new install and there are new activation kits for the license. RDi product page: htt p :// w ww- 0 3.i b m.c o m/s o ftw a re/ p rod u cts / us/ e n/d e v-i b m - i RDi Fix List: htt p :// w ww- 0 1.i b m.c o m/s u ppo r t/d o cvi e w.w s s?u i d=s w g27 0 384 8 1 Knowledge center: http ://w ww-0 1.ib m.co m/su ppor t/kn owle dgec ente r/SS AE4W _9.5. 0 Announcement: http ://w ww-0 1.ib m.co m/co mmon /ssi /cgi -bin /ssi alia s?in foty pe=A N&su... [More]
Rational Developer for i V9.0 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.0 are now available! (Note: there have been updates to the information. The latest updates are at the bottom of this post.) Overview of Rational V9.0 IDE products: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/rational-ide-v9/index.html RDi 9.0 product page: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/us/en/dev-ibm-i RDi 9.0 Fix List: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038481 RD AIX and Linux C/C++ Edition product page:... [More]
RDi 9.5 has been announced and will be available on September 18. It is a new release so you will need to install it (you can not 'update' to it). There are new license activation kits. Highlights: Addition of a built-in 5250 emulator RemovaI of the 80-column restriction in RPG code editor, to enable fully free-form RPG (use of fully free-form requires corresponding support in the RPG compiler, delivery of which is expected in the form of a TR) Addition of Snippet Support feature in the Push-to-Client feature... [More]
Rational Developer for i V184.108.40.206 fixpack for V9.5 is now available! You can go to IBM Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files (links available in the Fix List documents). Note: there is only 1 fix in this fixpack for the trial license expiration date. SE62590 RDI 9.5.0 THE TRIAL LICENSE PERIOD EXPIRES ON NOVEMBER 9, 2015 INSTEAD OF PROVIDING A 60-DAY TRIAL. Note: to ensure a 60-day trial, the 220.127.116.11 fixpack must be installed at the same time as 9.5. Otherwise, if you install... [More]
Great news everybody, The development team for Rational Developer for Power have been very busy producing videos and demos to illustrate how to install configure, use projects, edit, navigate source, validate, build, debug on our supported languages on IBM i, AIX, and Linux. Check it out. Learning how to effectively use these tools has never been easier. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ieduasst/rtnv1r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.iea.rdp/plugin_coverpage.html
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]
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
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]
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 .
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!
Rational Developer for i V18.104.22.168 fixpack for V9.5 is now available! The fixpack contains many enhancements including IBM i 7.3 support, Windows 10 support, Access Client Solutions integration, and multiple RFEs. You can go to IBM Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files (links available in the Fix List documents). The Fix List document lists the enhancements, APARs, and RFEs addressed by the fixpack. RDi Fix List: h t t p : / / w w w - 0 1 . i b m . c o m /... [More]
Code Coverage has been out for a little while now and it is brand new functionality that isn't just an incremental improvement on existing features from WDSc etc. In order to help people get comfortable with these new feature a new lab has been added to the set of Hands-On labs so that anyone can play with this and see how to apply this within the context of their own shop. The entire set of labs is available at http://ibm.biz/rdi_labs and the 10th lab is the brand new one. You will need at least RDi 9.5 to try this and IBM... [More]
Hello everybody, I am excited to announce that I have refreshed the RDi hands-on labs that are available to everyone at http://ibm.biz/rdi_labs The labs are now at RDi 9.5 and will show off new features like the embedded emulator. Over time we would like to add some new labs for brand new features of the product. Now that it is a part of our local wiki, it will be easier to update. All the necessary libraries, and compiler (supporting fully form RPG) is supplied by IBM on a publically available IBM i. For those... [More]
Rational Developer for i V22.214.171.124 fixpack for V9.5 is now available! You can go to IBM Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files (links available in the Fix List documents). The Fix List document lists the APARs and RFEs addressed by the fixpack. RDi Fix List: h t t p : / / w w w - 0 1 . i b m . c o m / s u p p o r t / d o c v i e w . w s s ? u i d = s w g 2 7 0 3 8 4 8 1
A 'What's New in RDi 9.5' presentation was given at the Toronto User Group's November Meeting of Members. It gives an overview of enhancements in the release. The presentation can be accessed from http://www.tug.ca/MoMHandouts/2015-11-18/What_sNewRDi9_5.pdf
Some customers have been asking where they can go to see the current documented limitations on the live ILE RPG outline view. If you are running into something that is not on the list, please open a PMR. If it is on the list please open an RFE . The documnent of known limitations is here . Edmund Reinhardt RDi Architect
IBM i 7.2 TR3 and IBM i 7.1 TR11 were announced today! These include the RPG compiler change for removing the 80-column limitation (for use in RDi 9.5). Planned availability date is November 20, 2015. For details, see http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/3/872/ENUSAP15-0343/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en
For the Rational Developer for i V9.1 trial ( http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rdi/ ), there are two options. One is to download the zip files of the product, unzip them, and run the install. The other is to perform a web install. This involves installing IBM Installation Manager which is configured to install the product from IBM servers. For the web install method, a technote ( http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21667734 ) was published with manual steps you can perform to accomplish... [More]
The following tutorial will show the functionality of the Test Optimizing Advisor for users of Rational Developer for i. See the promise of analytics applied to your code coverage data being used to optimizing the time you spend testing, and the quality of that testing. If you want to try it out, this is a free beta that is available to anyone who has Rational Developer for i v 9.1.1 or 126.96.36.199 You can get it from https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/cc/earlyprograms/rational/radob2/download.shtml After going to the site above, you will have... [More]
Rational Developer for i V188.8.131.52 fixpack for V9.1 is now available! You can go to IBM Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files (links available in the Fix List documents). The Fix List documents list the enhancements and APARS included in the fixpacks. RDi Fix List: ht t p :/ / w ww - 0 1. i b m. c o m/ s u pp o r t/ d o cv i e w. w s s? u i d= s w g2 7 0 38 4 8 1 Note: Updating from IBM Installation Manager requires Installation Manager to be at 1.8.0 or... [More]
A Beta is now available for an experimental technology optimizing test coverage and utilization that is provided in the form of IBM Installation Manager offering that can be installed into existing instances of IBM Rational Developer for i V9.1.1 or IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.1.1. This is an enhanced code coverage experience which allows your testers and developers to understand your automated or manual test coverage. You will gain insight into what source files are covered and what tests need to be run when changes... [More]
When clicking Update in IBM Installation Manager, it will search the IBM service repositories for product updates (e.g. fixpacks). The service repositories are hosted on IBM servers. There have been recent changes to the servers to address security vulnerabilities. As a result, Installation Manager 1.7.3 or older will no longer find product updates. Installation Manager 1.8 or newer works with the updated server. For more information, see http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21695613
Rational Developer for i V9.1.1 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.1.1 fixpacks for V9.1 are now available! You can go to IBM Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files (links available in the Fix List documents). The Fix List documents list the enhancements and APARS included in the fixpacks. RDi Fix List: htt p :// w ww- 0 1.i b m.c o m/s u ppo r t/d o cvi e w.w s s?u i d=s w g27 0 384 8 1 Knowledge center: http ://w ww-0 1.ib m.co m/su ppor t/kn owle dgec... [More]
The IBM Support Portal has a feature for sending you email notifications for the latest information on products including Rational Developer for i. It is very configurable. You can choose which products you are interested in and you can also choose what type of information you want to be notified about. e.g. new releases, new fixpacks, APARs, etc. To set this up: - go to the RDi Support Portal at http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/product/rational/rational_developer_for_i?productContext=219228721 - click on the... [More]
There is a new video available which shows you the Push-to-Client feature being introduced in Rational Developer for i V9.1.1. The feature provides the capability for centralizing administration of tool and workspace configurations and settings. RDi V9.1.1 will be available Dec 12, 2014 as a fixpack for V9.1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEBKyI8QjTA
Version 9.1.1 of Rational Developer for i and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux were announced today. They will be made available as fixpacks (not new installs) in December. For details, see: http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&subtype=CA&htmlfid=897/ENUS214-461&appname=USN
There is a Redbook and a Redpaper covering modernizing IBM i Applications you might find useful. Redbook: Modernization of IBM i Applications - from the Database Up to the User Interface and Everything in between http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg248185.html?Open Redpaper: Tools and Solutions for Modernizing your IBM i Applications http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redp5095.html?Open
We are gathering some good resources to help those who have decided to purchase and need to navigate the product fulfillment process. There is now a new section to the wiki on how to purchase RDi It points to helpful primer information on different editions, license types and product fulfillment channels. There is an intro to the ordering process for both channels complete with flow chart . This will be helpful... [More]
Check out the newly updated Enterprise Modernization Power Systems Sandbox and experience Rational application development solutions for IBM i, IBM AIX, and Linux on Power. We are especially excited with the latest updates for IBM i developers, featuring: New instant access to the environment - "Nothing to install!" Refreshed levels of software - IBM i OS, server and client components Improved usability - your server credentials last for the whole work week! Nine RDi labs updated with new level of function Three new... [More]
NOTE: Please read as the information on this blog post has been corrected. Anyone entitled to 9.0 should also see 9.1 available on ESS. If you do not see RDi 9.0 or 9.1, it is possible that you need to change the IBM i OS level to 6.1 or higher in order to see them.
IBM SDK for Node.js 184.108.40.206 for Cordova tools interim fix has been made available for Rational Developer for i v9.1. The interim fix is to address the OpsenSSL vulnerability in the IBM SDK for Node.js used by the Cordova tools in the Modernization Tools, Java Edition. The interim fix does not affect any other features. To apply the interim fix, open IBM Installation Manager and select Update.
RDi provides you with options to use both local and remote help. A number of people were asking if it is possible to switch to local help to avoid firewall or network lag. Here is a wiki page documenting how.
Rational Developer for i V9.1 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.1 are now available on Passport Advantage! Note: see the bottom of the post for updated information. RDi product page: http ://w ww-0 3.ib m.co m/so ftwa re/p rodu cts/ us/e n/de v-ib m- i RDi Fix List: http ://w ww-0 1.ib m.co m/su ppor t/do cvie w.ws s?ui d=sw g270 3848 1 Knowledge center: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSAE4W_9.1.0 RD AIX and Linux C/C++ Edition product page: http ://w ww.i bm.c om/s oftw are/ prod ucts /us/ en/d ev-c... [More]
Version 9.1 of Rational Developer for i and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux were announced today. For details, see http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUSC14-019#214-188 The new versions will be available May 23, 2014.
There are multiple methods for how to have Rational Developer for i installed and updated when considering a large number of developer machines. For an overview of the methods, please see http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21668005 ,
The Rational Developer for i trial page ( https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rdi/ ) is not currently showing the Web Install option but it is possible. With the Web Install option, you do not need to download the large zip files. For details how you can do a web install, please see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21667734 .
The following presentation shows what RDi, the latest RPG language enhancements, embedded SQL, RPG Open Access and Profound Logic can do to make your ILE RPG programs look modern from the language and tools to the end application. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxI38_w_CEs&feature=youtu.be
What's New in Rational Developer for i 9.0.1 was presented at the Toronto Users Group ( www.tug.ca ) on January 22, 2014. The presentation includes the updates that were done to support the RPG language changes for free-form H/F/D/P specs along with the list of RFEs and APARs that were addressed. The presentation is available at http://www.tug.ca/Downloads.html
Joe Pluta wrote an excellent article on how the 2 different ordering channels for Rational Developer for i http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/general/rational_procurement1/?page=2 We recently got a question on how to get the activation kit for RDi if you ordered through the hardware channel. http://archive.midrange.com/wdsci-l/201401/msg00143.html You should have a CD in your media pack the contains the activation kit. The description should be on the CD label. For RDi 9.0 the activation kit CD number should be... [More]
The Rational Developer for i V9.0.1 fix pack for V9.0 is now available. Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RDi 9.0.1. 9.0.1 Download http ://w ww.i bm.c om/s uppo rt/d ocvi ew.w ss?u id=s wg24 036660 Fix List http ://w ww.i bm.c om/s uppo rt/d ocvi ew.w ss?u id=s wg27 0384 8 1
The Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V9.0.1 fix pack for V9.0 is now available. Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RD AIX and Linux 9.0.1. 220.127.116.11 Download http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24036659 Fix List http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038480
The Rational Developer for i V18.104.22.168 fix pack for V9.0 is now available. Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RDi 22.214.171.124. 126.96.36.199 Download http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24035419 Fix List http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038481
The Rational Developer for AIX and Linux V188.8.131.52 fix pack for V9.0 is now available. Customers can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to find the downloadable files for RD AIX and Linux 184.108.40.206. UPDATE - August 3, 2013 220.127.116.11 Download http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24035421 Fix List http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038480
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise now offers software images with Rational Developer for i 9.0 and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux 9.0. There are enhanced configuration options for the images which let you customize the instance created. Options include also installing Rational Team Concert and IBM Data Studio for you! Note: currently it is offered as BYOL - Bring your own license. http ://w ww.i bm.c om/d evel oper work s/cl oud/ devt est. html #byo l Learn more about the enterprise-ready IBM SmartCloud Enterprise... [More]
Managing software and product lifecycle integration has always been a challenge and with the rate of the new demands on the enterprise the challenges are increasing. Leaders from different standards organizations and industry will lead interactive discussions on the importance of open technologies to help enterprises manage the lifecycle activities within their environments. Learn about the direction lifecycle integration is taking as a result of the inclusion of open standards and the importance of this work to you. You will also hear how you... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise now offers a software image with RD Power 8.5.1. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/devtest.html Note: currently it is offered as BYOL - Bring your own license. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/devtest.html#byol Here is a link to an overview of SmartCloud Enterprise for development and test: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-cloudview.html IBM on the Cloud FAQ: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-cloudfaq.html Update: here is a direct link for the RD Power Cloud... [More]
The Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.5.1 fix pack for V8.5 is now available. Customers
can go to Installation Manager and click Update or go to FixCentral to
find the downloadable files for RD Power 8.5.1. Also
available is the November 2012 AIX server runtime refresh for Rational
Developer for Power Systems Software V8.5 and the November 2012 Power
Linux server runtime refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems
Software V8.5. Fix List (has list of the changes/RFEs/APARs): ... [More]
I’ve compiled a short list of sources to help folks get started with RD Power. If you know of any references that can be added to this list, let me know and I’ll update this entry to include them. Announcements 8.5.1 announce and content Eric Simpson has written another blog entry on the availability of 8.5.1 I hope to have an article with some details of the 8.5.1 features available soon - improvements made to compare and to RPG Live! 8.5 announce and content IBM Announcement Letter I have finally published an article with some details of... [More]