IBM TPF Toolkit V4.2 delivers significant development tools enhancementsIBM United States Software Announcement 214-221
June 10, 2014
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The TPF Toolkit integrates Transaction Processing Facility (TPF) application development with the Eclipse-based development environment. It supports development of applications for TPF and z/TPF. TPF Toolkit offers TPF application developers state-of-the-art, workstation-based tools that are designed to be integrated and powerful, yet easy to use and easy to customize.
What's new in TPF Toolkit V4.2
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TPF Toolkit V4.2 delivers the following enhancements:
Rational Team Concert integration
Rational Team Concert (RTC) is a collaboration tool for software development teams. It provides source control management, defect tracking, and project planning capabilities. TPF Toolkit V4.2 provides RTC integration as an optional feature, including support for a remote development model, enabling you to adopt RTC as part of your development process. TPF Toolkit views recognize RTC artifacts and support decorators (for example, incoming and outgoing changes) and actions seamlessly.
User Defined Debugger Summary view
The z/TPF debugger provides you the ability to map binary data with an XML map. This XML mapping feature gives helpful context and meaning to an otherwise difficult to interpret view of memory as hexadecimal data. The new User Defined Summary view allows you to apply these XML maps to memory in a prescriptive manner thereby simplifying the process of applying XML maps significantly. You can define rules - such as applying a particular XML map to any data level that contains a record with a given ID - which are automatically applied with a single click when viewing the contents of a data level.
TPF Debugger File view
z/TPF applications frequently access data stored on DASD as a TPF file with z/TPFDF APIs, FIND/FILE macros, and so on. The commands ZDCOR and ZACOR can be used from the TPF terminal to view and alter the contents of these TPF files. The TPF Debugger File view lets you view and alter the contents of TPF files through a graphical user interface within TPF Toolkit. The debugger shows the contents of these TPF files in a memory-like view with the ability to render the contents in a variety of ways including applying XML maps to the data.
Code Coverage Histogram view
The Code Coverage tooling available in TPF Toolkit is an excellent means of analyzing test suites and determining the overall quality of your testing efforts. The Code Coverage feature lets you determine the percentage of code executed at various levels of detail, and allows for multiple code coverage results to be compared in a graphical comparison editor. The new Code Coverage histogram feature also lets you view the distribution of coverage results across user-defined percentage ranges in a graphical manner. This feature provides a more intuitive way to consume code coverage results for thousands of modules, objects, and functions.
Graphical Trace Log compare
TPF Toolkit provides a Trace Log feature that lets you capture the execution path of a particular entry control block (ECB) as it executes on your TPF system. You can then use the full featured Trace Log editor to view the execution path and use the powerful filtering capabilities available to better understand your application. In TPF Toolkit V4.2, a new trace log compare feature is provided that lets you compare two execution paths side-by-side in a graphical editor. This allows you to quickly ascertain points of deviation between two ECB executions and visually identify the context where the deviation occurred.
TPF Registration Entry monitor
TPF Toolkit provides a rich set of features that require connecting to a TPF system, such as the debugger, performance analyzer, and code coverage tools. The new registration entry monitor displays the status of a session - registered or not - within your TPF connections in the TPF Toolkit. This lets you know at a glance exactly which sessions are registered on the TPF system.
Both Eclipse (4.2.2) and Java (1.7 SR6) have been upgraded to improve stability and security of the TPF Toolkit platform.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
IBM TPF Toolkit V4.2 is capable as of June 13, 2014, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested on
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TPF Toolkit is built on the Eclipse application development environment.
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IBM TPF Toolkit is an ideal product if you want to:
TPF Toolkit continues to support programming of applications in C, C++, and High Level Assembler targeted to run on a TPF system. TPF users are aware that assembler programmers are becoming scarce and more expensive. TPF Toolkit offers an excellent opportunity for TPF users who want to expand their skills by starting to write more applications in C or C++, while simplifying their assembler programming environment.
Using the Java Development Tools (JDT) that are included within TPF Toolkit's development environment, TPF users can write stand-alone workstation applications in Java. They can also use JDT to create Java plug-ins to extend the TPF Toolkit IDE.
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Program Program number VRM name 5724-H79 4.2.0 IBM TPF Toolkit
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Specified operating environment
Before attempting to install IBM TPF Toolkit, you must ensure that you meet the client system requirements for each workstation.
Each workstation must meet the following requirements:
Client programming requirements
The TPF Toolkit client supports either 32- or 64-bit operation depending on the hardware and operating system configuration.
Note: If you plan on shell-sharing TPF Toolkit and Rational Team Concert (RTC) - that is, installing RTC within the same Eclipse instance as TPF Toolkit - please ensure that your workstation meets the minimum requirements for RTC.
TPF system requirements
Linux on System z® system requirements
z/OS® system requirements
z/OS 1.12, or later, with the following installed
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IBM TPF Toolkit V4.2 DVD
Security, auditability, and control
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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