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Host Configuration Assistant for Z Development (HCA) V3.0 released


Host Configuration Assistant for Z Development (HCA) V3.0 has been released.

The product page for HCA is now available in the IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua Downloads site:

In V3.0, HCA is redesigned to extend its support for the host configuration of new products, host component, and the VS Code interface.

  • New products
  • New host component
    • Remote System Explorer API: Provides tasks to allow a client to work with various components on the z/OS host system, including MVS data sets, z/OS UNIX files and commands, JES jobs, and more. This component requires z/OS Explorer as the dependency and is an optional add-on to Z Open Editor in a VS Code client.
  • New interface
    • VS Code: A set of Visual Studio Code (VS Code) extensions including Z Open Editor, Z Open Debug, and user build to provide z/OS developers with a familiar and straightforward edit, build, and debug experience. These VS Code extensions are available with IBM Wazi for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition, and Application Delivery Foundation for z/OS.

HCA has been updated to support the most current release levels of the supported products. Below is a summary of updates to the host components:

  • Remote System Explorer API
    • You can install and configure this new host component to enable users to access z/OS resources with RSET APIs, and ensure a seamless integration of z/OS for users when they use the code capabilities of Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces or IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition with VS Code.
  • z/OS Debugger
    • Now provides VS Code extensions to enable remote debugging from a VS Code client. To use VS Code as the debugger interface, install and configure Remote Debug Service to enable interactive debugging of COBOL and PL/I applications.
  • z/OS Dynamic Test Runner
    • Supports recording batch Db2 applications.
  • Z Open Automation Utilities
    • When ordered from IBM Shopz, ZOA Utilities is available with optional IBM Software Subscription and Support (S&S). To set up for S&S, register as IBM Z Open Automation Utilities in IFAPRDxxx
    • You must add ZOA Utilities to the LIBPATH environment variable for all APIs including Shell commands.
    • You can enable logging to gather debug information for Java and Python programs.

Please play with the tool and let us know should there be any comments or feedback.

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