A while back, in April, a new IBM Developer for z/OS was announced
. Now its here...
Welcome to IBM Developer for z/OS 15.0.5!
This IBM Developer for z/OS 15.0.5 (IDz 15.0.5) release introduces new Day 1 support for the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.4, Enterprise PL/I for z/OS 6.1, and IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS 6.1 compilers and their IBM z16 compatibility. The IDz 15.0.5 new language version support includes real-time syntax checking, syntax color highlighting, content assist for new grammar constructs, updated application models, and property group support for the CICS 6.1 runtime environment. Download it now
Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.4
IDz 15.0.5 supports the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.4 better interoperability between 31-bit and 64-bit programs, and also Java interoperability. COBOL 6.4 support in IDz introduces user defined functions, which includes supporting the Open Declaration and Occurrences in Compilation Unit editor commands as well as enabling COBOL developers by having a display and navigation of user-defined functions in the Outline view, metrics in the Properties view. IDz also provides real-time syntax checking flags on unreachable code in user-defined functions, if enabled. COBOL 6.4 user-defined functions is also supported in the Software Analyzer code rules, and the COBOL Application Model API is updated to support this. Read about the enhancements, changes, and new features on Enterprise COBOL 6.4 at Enterprise COBOL 6.4 delivers simplified COBOL/Java interoperability, AMODE 31/AMODE 64 interoperability
, and support for the new IBM z16 hardware and Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.4 documentation is now available.
If you are not at COBOL 6 yet, take a look at migrating
Also make sure to check out the IBM Webinar replay of Three must-haves to prep for COBOL on z16
Enterprise PL/I for z/OS 6.1
Enterprise PL/I for z/OS 6.1 allows interoperability between 31-bit and 64-bit applications (look for AMODE31, AMODE 64, and CMPAT) and improved with additional support for EBCDIC JSON, which is supported in IDz 15.0.5 editing and the IDz PL/I Application Model API. We have support in IDz for the new PL/I statements like XDECLARE, INITACROSS, and ALIGNED as well as support for the new year-first patterns in Date/time, WHEREDIFF, ONSUBSCRIPT, and other new and modified built-in functions. Even the new compiler options like CHECKFLOAT are supported in IDz 15.0.5.
Integrated Development Environment
As you start up a new installation and workspace on IDz 15.0.5 for the first time, you may notice something not pop up: the Personalization Questionnaire. The Personalization Questionnaire was deprecated in version 15.0.3, and is removed from the product entirely in IDz 15.0.5, based on user feedback. The ability to change themes and pick your editor is still there in the Preferences.
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The Telnet 3270 Remote Connection Emulator (RCE)
user interface now includes a new sliding window for session status updates. In addition, the keyboard remapping now includes an empty command option so that the default command assignment is blank. Also, some more general improvements have been added in this release.
The TSO/E REXX Editor
has added localized hover help and content assist and can say hi.
The Remote Resource Access API
enhancements, data set interaction enhancements, advanced search capabilities in the JES Spool Editor, and adoption of the Eclipse history view when comparing local file history round out the capabilities found in IDz 15.0.5; read the full list of what is new and exciting in IDz 15.0.5 in our online documentation.
Debug and Code Coverage
If you are Debugging or using Code Coverage, don't forget to also read all of the amazing work put in for the release in What's new in IBM z/OS Debugger 15.0.5
to read about the Day 1 Debug support for the the new IBM z16 new compilers, subsystems and hardware too. This includes the languages as well as Automatic Binary Optimizer for z/OS 2.2 and interoperability in 31 and 64 bit hybrid COBOL applications.
If you have more features you'd like to see, the best way to give us that feedback is to provide Enhancement Requests through IBM Ideas.
- IBM Developer for z/OS
- IBM Debug for z/OS
- IBM Explorer for z/OS
- IBM Dependency Based Build, Z Open Automation Utilities, and Rocket Git for z/OS integration
- IBM Wazi Developer for VS Code
- IBM Wazi Developer for Workspaces
IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z/OS 3.3.2 (ADFz 3.3.2) is a software bundle that includes IDzEE as well as the following products:
- Fault Analyzer for z/OS
- File Manager for z/OS
- Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS