Using IBM AD Build Client

Following is an overview of the use of IBM® AD Build Client. It introduces the concepts and capabilities of the product and describes the typical sequence of tasks to be followed for setting up a project and undertaking the analysis.

Projects, folders, and files

Organizational entities for working with IBM AD Build Client include projects, folders, and source files. A project corresponds to an application.

A project contains a number of folders, where each folder refers to a specific type of source file that is used by the application. The default folders for a project are determined by the project definition at creation time. For example, a COBOL project has by default folders for COBOL, Copy, BMS, JCL, and Configuration source files. A Natural project has by default folders for Natural programs, Natural Include, Natural Maps and Data Area. Each folder contains a list of the files of the corresponding type that are used by the original application. These files are also used by IBM AD Build Client.

Although for each IBM AD Build Client project folder a physical folder is created automatically under the project folder on the disk, any file can be added through IBM AD Build Client to the project folder without having to physically copy it to the corresponding folder on the disk. The physical folders are created only at the default location where IBM AD Build Client looks for files when you add files to the project folders. Files in an IBM AD Build Client project folder are references to the original source files somewhere on the disk or on a remote network drive and not physical copies of them.

Note: Starting with the 5.0.4 release, additional folders of specific type can be manually added to a project, if the Extensibility features have been enabled.