Developing with IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces
IBM® Wazi for Dev Spaces provides the z/OS® application development capabilities in the OpenShift® Container Platform environment. After the cluster administrator of your organization completes the installation, each z/OS application developer on the team can create a development workspace. Then, the z/OS application developer can edit, build, and debug mainframe applications from any machine without any local environment configurations.
What is IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces
IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces is a development environment that provides an in-browser IDE that you can use to code, build, test, debug, and run applications from any machine. It provides a single-click developer workspace and eliminates local environment configuration.
IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces is built on the Red Hat® CodeReady Workspaces project. The core functionality for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces is provided by an open source project called Eclipse Che. IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces uses Kubernetes and containers to provide your team with a consistent, secure, and zero-configuration development environment that interacts with your IBM Z® platform.
IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces provides a modern experience for mainframe software developers working with z/OS applications in the cloud. Powered by the open source projects Zowe™ and Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces offers an easy, streamlined onboarding process to provide mainframe developers with the tools they need. Using container technology, IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces brings the necessary tools to the task at hand.
By using the IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces stack with custom plug-in and devfile registry support, mainframe developers can now have the all-in-one mainframe development package that includes the following capabilities:
Rich language support for COBOL, PL/I, HLASM, REXX, and JCL using IBM Z Open Editor
Connectivity to Z host via a command-line interface or GUI
IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces provides a custom stack with the all-in-one mainframe development package that enables mainframe developers to:
Use a modern mainframe editor with rich language support for COBOL, JCL, Assembler (HLASM), REXX, and PL/I, which provides language-specific features such as syntax highlighting, outline view, declaration hovering, code completion, snippets, a preview of copybooks, copybook navigation, and basic refactoring using IBM Z Open Editor, a component of IBM Wazi for VS Code
Integrate with any flavor of Git source code management (SCM)
Perform a user build with IBM Dependency Based Build for any flavor of Git
Work with z/OS resources such as MVS, UNIX files, and JES jobs
Connect to the Z host with z/OSMF or IBM Remote System Explorer (RSE) API, using Zowe Explorer plus IBM Z Open Editor for a graphical user interface and Zowe CLI plus the RSE API plug-in for Zowe CLI for command line access
Debug COBOL and PL/I applications using IBM Z Open Debug
Use a mainframe development package with a custom plug-in and devfile registry support from the IBM Wazi stack
Leverage the full language support for Ansible and Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z to author and execute playbooks to configure z/OS for development. Automate the deployment and configuration of tools and dependencies such as build, test and debug, to quickly build, deploy and run your applications.
Why IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces
What if you, as a developer, could just join a project by getting access and logging on to a website? After you log in, the source code, access to z/OS, and the development environment that is required for maintaining the project would just be there and you can just dive in?
Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces is an open source platform built to realize this vision. It was built to make development environments uniformly accessible for development teams, by providing one-click developer workspaces and eliminating the need for local environment configurations. IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces leverages this for z/OS mainframe application development by using z/OS connectivity features, such as the ones provided by the Zowe open source project.
You can run IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces in the public or private cloud, in an OpenShift Container Platform (OCP). Built for extensibility, IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces allows organizations to create additional enhancements or features tailored to the needs of their development teams.
Components of IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces
IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces, which is built on the Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces project, inherits existing components including Keycloak (RH-SSO) and the CodeReady Dashboard. IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces customizes the plug-in and devfile registries to deliver a modern mainframe development experience to software developers.
IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces devfile registry is a web service that provides a list of Wazi for Dev Spaces stacks to create ready-to-use workspaces. The list of stacks is used in the Quick Add, CodeReady Dashboard. A devfile stack contains the definitions for an application developer workspace based on devfile specifications.
IBM Wazi for Dev Spaces plug-in registry is a web service that provides a list of plug-ins available for application developer workspaces. A devfile references the plug-ins that are published in the plug-in registry or hosted externally.
Keycloak is an upstream open source community project for Red Hat Single Sign-On (RH-SSO). RH-SSO is a core service that provides authentication and authorization services to Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces and support for multi-user mode. A PostgresSQL database instance is created for backend support.
The CodeReady Dashboard is the landing page for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces. The CodeReady Dashboard is where application developers create, start, stop, and manage their development workspaces all from a web browser.