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]
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 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]
With 9.5.1, RDi now installs and runs on Mac OS X 10.11. Most of the functions are the same as in Windows/Linux but there are differences. http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038481#9510 has an overview of the limitations. In terms of installing, you can use the web install method (install IBM Installation Manger for OS X and then point to the IBM servers for RDi 951 - see http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21667734 for details) or install from a downloaded image of 9.5.1 from Passport Advantage... [More]
Rational Developer for i V9.5.1 update for V9.5 is now available! Also, the media images available for download have been refreshed to 9.5.1 level in Passport Advantage (Sept 9) and ESS (Sept 13). No new license needed. The update contains many enhancements including Mac OS X 10.11 support, Kerberos support, IFS project support via Remote Reconciler, 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... [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
Hi, I am trying to migrate my department's source version/control into a git based environment. I tried to install eGit and it complained about missing dependencies. Does eGit plug-in to RDi v.9.5. require Modernization Tools, Java Edition (I have only RPG and COBOL Tools as the only feature in 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]
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!
Here is the What's New in RDi 9.5.1 presentation which was presented at the Toronto User Group's meeting on November 30, 2016. https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/form/api/wiki/6798aec4-969a-4fa1-99a6-07f4a1493062/page/6066c731-9cf5-43aa-ac6e-0a7fe9500468/attachment/c7f08058-8990-40f2-a4de-79089698a7ac/media/RDi%20What%27s%20new%209.5.1.pdf
Determining the Mac equivalent of a Windows shortcut key is not always obvious. To help alleviate this, the following document has been created that will list a number of useful shortcut keys and lists both the Windows and Mac keys to accomplish the desired function. https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSAE4W_9.5.1/com.ibm.etools.iseries.rse.doc/topics/keyboard_shortcuts_platforms.html
Due to a change in the digital certificate used to sign Windows executable files in the IBM Installation Manager, users may experience problems installing and running the Installation Manager on Microsoft Windows machines. A new version (18.104.22.168) of IBM Installation Manager for Windows is available that has been signed with new code signing certificates. For details on downloading the image from Fix Central and updating Installation Manager, see: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21992450
Shortly after making RDi 9.5.1 available, a problem was found using the Find Next Error/Find Previous Error actions in the Remote Systems LPEX Editor. APAR SE65785 RDI 9.5.1 ERROR LIST FIND NEXT ERROR ICONS OR KEYS NOT WORKING IN THE REMOTE SYSTEMS LPEX EDITOR was opened for the problem. There is now an interim fix available for this APAR. The fix is available from FixCentral as a zip download. Download the zip, unzip it, and follow the instructions in the readme file. FixCentral link:... [More]
In Rational Developer for i 9.5.1, IFS project support was added for RFE45970 ( https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=45970 ). The RFE was requested by users who worked with HTML/C/Java/etc. files on the IFS. In Remote System Explorer, you can work directly with those files but RDi has richer support for them when organized in Eclipse projects (Web project, Java project, etc.). With 9.5.1, now you can associate a IFS folder with all project types (except for IBM i Projects which are still... [More]
RDi 9.5.1 has been announced and will be available on September 9. It is an update for all existing users. No new license is required. For new users, there are refreshed images at the 9.5.1 level (instead of having to get 9.5 and update to 9.5.1) in Passport Advantage (Sept 9) and ESS (Sept 13). IBM® Rational® Developer for i, V9.5.1 delivers the following significant new capabilities: Support for Apple Mac OS X operating system Support for ILE RPG O-Spec in the dynamic outline view F1 language-sensitive help... [More]
In the details of the IBM i 7.3 announcement you will find that the Orion editor will be shipped for free as part of the OPS product on IBM i. It even supports free form RPG. Orion works very well with Git which is an open source, fast and robust source control facility. Both of these are just now available via PTF, the details can be see on the 5733=OPS developerworks page . To see a video overview of Orion and Git which gives you free source control see this YouTube link . Very exciting and... [More]
Rational Developer for i V22.214.171.124 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 V126.96.36.199 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 188.8.131.52 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 V184.108.40.206 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 220.127.116.11 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