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]
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 .
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]
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
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]
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
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the RPG/COBOL Development Tools for IBM i workshop, see Link: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/techbriefings/details/r-rationalpowercc.html For more details about the COBOL Development Tools for AIX workshop, see Link:... [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]
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]
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]
IBM Rational® Developer for i for SOA Construction V8.0.3 is a comprehensive application development and modernization solution. It is based on Eclipse. It provides a powerful, flexible, and extensible workbench environment for IBM i development with support for RPG, COBOL, CL, DDS, SQL, C++, Java, and EGL (an open source business application language developed on Eclipse).
IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction V8.0.3 helps you: Reduce development costs Simplify the development of service-oriented architecture (SOA)... [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.
IBM Rational® Developer for i for SOA Construction V8.0 is a comprehensive application development and modernization solution. It is based on Eclipse. It provides a powerful, flexible, and extensible workbench environment for IBM i development with support for RPG, COBOL, CL, DDS, SQL, C++, Java, and EGL (an open source business application language developed on Eclipse). It accelerates IBM i development teams who need to: Create, maintain and enhance RPG and COBOL applications on IBM i Extend those applications to the web to provide end users... [More]
We have created three playlists on the
IBMRational Youtube Channel to show what you can do with Rational
Developer for Power, and how you can do it. As we create more videos
they'll be added to these playlists, so all you need to do is
bookmark the playlist and you'll have access to all the demos
COBOL Development with Rational Developer for Power C
and C++ Development with Rational Developer for Power Advanced
Uses of Rational Developer for Power
Read Dave Dykstals latest article about RD Power v8.0.3. Although this is a service release, it contains some significant new functions. Check out the improvements described in
the IBM i enhancements section, which are a direct result of many Requests for Enhancement (RFEs) of the IBM® i
operating system support in Rational Developer for Power. Then read up about common AIX and Linux support, including reconciler updates and launch configuration updates. Next, see COBOL on AIX features that include a new COBOL editor, a new structured... [More]
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
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]
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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]
Tap Your Full Potential with POWERful Software Development If you've made the wise investment in IBM Power Systems, why not maximize it with Rational Developer for Power Version 8.5? This compelling new IDE offers powerful code performance recommendations, code coverage analysis and code porting capabilities -- all of which add up to better software, rolled into production faster, with fewer bugs and higher uptime.
Rational Developer for i V126.96.36.199 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]
The Rational Developer for i 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 RDi 184.108.40.206. 220.127.116.11 Download http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24035419 Fix List http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038481
Rational® Developer for Power Systems Software™ offers
integrated development environments for the major development workloads
on IBM® i, AIX®, and Linux™,
including RPG, COBOL, DDS, CL, C/C++, Java™ on IBM i, Java,
C/C++ on Linux, C/C++, COBOL,
and Java on AIX. Version 8.0.3 enhancements include: Support for GNU C/C++ compiler, including a parser, compile result
integration and the ability to debug applications compiled using the
GNU compiler A new migration and porting assistance framework, and an initial
set of rules for COBOL... [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
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]
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]
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 .
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]
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]
You may have heard about Rational Developer for Power Systems Software , which now has support for COBOL and C/C++ development on AIX as well as IBM i application development. It is easy to kick the tires by downloading the trial from here . But if you only have 3 minutes just check out the YouTube video below and be amazed at the COBOL functionality now available for AIX developers. For more information go to the product web site at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/products/rdp/ .
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-22.214.171.124.zip Link to the RDi 126.96.36.199 Release Notes:... [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!
The Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0.3 refresh pack is now available. For new customers, you can download a full electronic image of 8.0.3 or order the physical media using Passport Advantage or AAS. Existing customers can update to the 8.0.3 level. Also available is the October 2011 AIX refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0 and the October 2011 Power Linux refresh for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0. Fix List: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27021392 8.0.3... [More]
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The 188.8.131.52 fixpack is now available for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0. Also available is the April 2011 AIX PTF for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0 and the April 2011 Power Linux PTF for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0. Fix List: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27021392 184.108.40.206 Fixpack: Readme DCF: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27020962 Download DCF: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24029233 To install the fix pack, start the IBM... [More]
A new video has been added to the AIX COBOL playlist for IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software . This video covers all of the rich language understand features build into the editor that will greatly improve your COBOL programming productivity on AIX.
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]
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.
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
Fix Pack 2 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). Readme: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27020917 Download link: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24029161 The following corrections and enhancements have been included in this fix pack. IBM i:
SE45905 - Free form SQL formatter removes plus characters '+' from statements.
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 v8.0 is now available. The fix pack contains fixes to version 8.0. Link to the RD Power 220.127.116.11 Release Notes: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27020492 To install the fix pack, start the IBM Installation Manager and click on 'Update'. The fix pack is also available as a downloadable zip (100MB). You will find it on the Download section of the support site at: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24028500 Also
available: December 2010 AIX
server runtime PTF available for download from:... [More]
IBM SDK for Node.js 18.104.22.168 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.
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]
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]