Application Developers - first task ... getting started
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The task of writing software, either creating it from nothing or editing existing software to make changes and enhancements, is a task that requires focused attention and concentration. Anything that provides a distraction or pulls the person away from the specific task they need to accomplish simply gets in the way of the programmer. Because of this need to concentrate on the task of programming, it is very difficult to "get into the zone". And once a programmer is in that zone, the last thing you want to do is pull them out. For doing so will just require them to spend the extra effort and time to re-engage and catch up to where they had left off when they were interrupted.
The day-to-day tasks of the application programmer require similar tasks to be performed over and over. These include accessing source code, finding a particular location in the source code that needs attention, making those changes, building a test driver, and testing the changes to the application that the programmer made. These steps are performed countless times by programmers, no matter what language, runtime environment, or platform they are working on.
The Rational Developer tools (for System z, zEnterprise, and Power Systems) are well-suited to streamline the tasks noted above. As such, after they have been set up appropriately, these capabilities help the programmer make an easier task of getting started on making changes (i.e. it's easier to "get in the zone"). And once the programmer is in that zone, the integrated development environment (IDE) helps to keep them engaged on completing that task.
The following links contain videos which show off some very basic examples of using the IDEs to do these common application programming tasks. I hope you enjoy them: