IBM Developer for z/OS features

Modern, simple z/OS development

Get support for advanced COBOL, PL/I and JCL editors with improved navigation and content assist, with real-time syntax checking and highlighting, hyperlinks for copybooks and JCL Procs and sequence number support.

Advanced debugging of composite z/OS applications

Use the IBM strategic debug component, IBM z/OS® Debugger for debugging applications written for COBOL, PL/I, C/C++ and assembler applications targeting a variety of z/OS environments.

Advanced application structure and quality analysis tools

Use application structural analysis, code analysis and code metrics to help deliver COBOL and PL/I applications that conform to in-house programming guidelines.

Automated unit testing and code coverage

Use the ZUnit capability to automatically generate unit tests to find and fix problems earlier. Combine unit testing with code coverage to determine how effectively your applications are being tested.

IBM Dependency Based Build (available in Enterprise Edition)

IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB) provides the capabilities to build traditional z/OS®applications that are developed in programming languages such as COBOL and PL/I. It provides a modern scripting-language-based automation capability that can be used on z/OS. IBM DBB, with modern Software Configuration Management and Continuous Integration tools such as Git™ and Jenkins®, provides uniform DevOps processes and practices across multiple platforms.

Source control, lifecycle management and problem diagnosis

Embrace modern, parallel development practices with built-in integration with Git™ or IBM Engineering Workflow Management. Or, leverage built-in integration with CA Endevor® Software Change Manager. Integration with IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS, IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS and IBM File Manager for z/OS gives you faster problem resolution.

With Enterprise Edition, choose Microsoft® VS Code™ or Eclipse®

z/OS Developers can choose their preferred development environment: Microsoft® VS Code™ or Eclipse®.

Customize and extend the development environment

Use flexible customization options to enable developers to work in whatever manner they prefer. The workbench also provides documented APIs and tools that allow organizations to extend the out of the box capabilities for features unique to your enterprise.

Licensing to suit your needs

Choose the tools and licensing that works best for your business. IBM Developer for z/OS includes the IBM z/OS Debugger and is licensed by user. Need more? Add Microsoft® VS Code™ as an IDE option, IBM Dependency Based Build and 3270 debugging in IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition, with Value Unit licensing. Or, get a comprehensive toolset that includes Problem Determination Tools with IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z/OS.

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