IBM Debug for z/OS
Advanced debugging of composite applications for all your z/OS environments
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IBM Debug for z/OS® offers debugging and code coverage for z/OS applications written in COBOL, PL/I, C/C++ and Assembler. 

IBM Debug for z/OS, the traditional z/OS debugging product, is powered by the IBM z/OS Debugger and provides a 3270 user interface and remote debugging through Eclipse. Additional z/OS Debugger capabilities and client options are available in IBM Developer for z/OS, IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition, and IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack (previously Wazi Developer).

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Benefits Accelerate everyday developer tasks

Enable developers to examine, monitor, and control the execution of programs in context while testing and debugging.

Optimize testing

Use code coverage combined with code coverage results to optimize your testing resources.

Simplify debugging

Ease grasp of complex z/OS applications with visual debug.

Features
Deep and wide z/OS environment support

Provides extensive subsystem support including environments such as Batch, CICS®, IMS, Db2®, z/OS Unix and TSO -- for day one support of the latest hardware, compilers, z/OS, CICS, IMS, Db2 and batch. This includes the ability to debug 64 bit applications and modules optimized with IBM Automatic Binary Optimizer for z/OS.

Code coverage to measure testing

Offers both client initiated and automated (headless) code coverage collection and the ability to view and combine code coverage results.

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Valuable data at your fingertips

Monitor variables, registers, memory and expressions.

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Extensive debugging options

Set breakpoints at statements, programs and conditions, run until a breakpoint is reached, view and change the values of variables and storage and much more.

Boost your debug experience

For debugging using a traditional 3270 user interface, use IBM Debug for z/OS or IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition.

Visual debug, available through IBM Developer for z/OS, IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition, or IBM Wazi Developer, provides a graphical view of program execution flow, including the current execution path, plus features like setting breakpoints from the source editor. This extends the basic debugging with Eclipse IDE offered by IBM Debug for z/OS.

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Supports shift-left testing initiatives

Measure the effectiveness of your automated testing by using code coverage in conjunction with IBM Z Virtual Test Platform or the ZUnit capability of IBM Developer for z/OS.

Simplify system test activities with IBM Debug for z/OS or IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition used in conjunction with the Rational Integration Tester beta to enable virtualization of Db2 calls.

Software trials Explore IBM Z software trials with Debug for z/OS as a component. IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z/OS

All Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition capabilities plus additional problem determination tools in one enterprise license.

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Bring Your Own (BYO) IDE for Cloud Native Development

Choose your preferred IDE (Eclipse® or Microsoft® VS Code™) integrated with DevOps tools such as Git and Jenkins to develop a z/OS application.

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The whole analysis and debugging process is faster and more intuitive in IBM Developer for z/OS, with easy access to new tools that we developed. Henrik Hartvig Jensen Lead Software Engineer and Technical Architect Danske Bank Read the case study
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Find out how visual debug simplifies your debugging experience.

Learn how you can install, configure, and get started with IBM Z Open Debug.

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Jumpstart or accelerate application modernization and take a standardized approach to IT automation on IBM Z systems.

IBM Developer for z/OS

A modern, robust toolset for developing and maintaining IBM z/OS applications through the use of DevOps practices.

IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS

Measure, report and maximize performance of systems and applications.

IBM File Manager for z/OS

Flexible, easy-to-use application development.

IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS

Helps developers analyze and fix system and application failures for CICS®, WebSphere® MQ, IMS™ and Db2® environments.

IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z/OS

Delivers the core set of tools to help you accelerate the delivery of z/OS applications.

Next steps

Learn more advanced debugging of composite applications for all your z/OS environments with IBM Debug for z/OS. Schedule a no-cost 30-minute meeting with an IBM Z representative.

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