IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-010
January 28, 2003
IBM WebSphere Development Studio Client for IBM iSeries, V5.0 A New Level of Tool Integration for iSeries Application Development
At a Glance
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5 delivers:
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WebSphere® Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 consolidates the standard set of application tools for iSeries server and e-business development into one comprehensive, integrated, and attractively priced iSeries product.
The suite inherits the improved Web and Java development capabilities from WebSphere Studio Site Developer, V5.0 that make it easy to create, test, deploy, and maintain sophisticated e-business applications with little Java, Web, or Web-service programming. It also includes a new visual builder for easily constructing Web applications conforming to the open-source Struts standard.
The IBM WebFacing Tool included with this offering makes it easy to quickly and cost effectively Web-enable your existing 5250 applications. The iSeries-specific wizards, additions to the Struts builder, and other extensions, make it easy to build e-business applications that reuse existing iSeries programs, data, and skills.
The improved iSeries server development capabilities of the new integrated development environment (IDE) provide many compelling reasons for application developers to upgrade from Application Development ToolSet (ADTS) or cooperative development environment (CODE).
The Eclipse IDE reduces the learning curve by providing a consistent interface for developing iSeries server applications and e-business applications. This allows your developers to progress easily to new levels in their application development. The IDE delivers on the promise of tool integration and interoperability. It enables seamless integration with best-of-breed tools from IBM and several key iSeries partners to support end-to-end application development life cycle.
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0, is the next generation of workstation development tools to create iSeries e-business applications that leverage the iSeries and the power of WebSphere Application Server (WAS).
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0, inherits and extends the WebSphere Studio Site Developer's robust, easy-to-use development environment for creating, building, and maintaining dynamic Web sites, or developing Java, Web, and Web Services applications. It also includes a robust, easy-to-use development environment for creating, building and maintaining iSeries RPG, COBOL, C, C++ applications, and Web-enabled applications using the IBM WebFacing Tool. The Remote System Explorer (RSE) also makes it easy to access UNIX®, Windows, and Linux application resources.
WebSphere Studio Workbench
WebSphere Studio Workbench is a standards-based, cross-platform IDE based on the Eclipse foundation. The Workbench infrastructure facilitates the seamless integration of all development tools, IBM and non-IBM. Tool providers can focus on delivering additional function instead of being concerned about the underlying infrastructure and integration with other tools.
WebSphere Studio Site Developer
WebSphere Studio Site Developer is a robust, easy to use development environment for creating, building, and maintaining dynamic Web sites, and developing Java, Web, and Web services applications.
You can speed the creation, testing, deployment, and maintenance of your Web, Java, and Web services applications with:
You can build robust Java applications, attractive Web interfaces and integrate your business applications with Web services easier then before with:
WebSphere Studio Site Developer lets you span platforms, devices, and standards with its robust, feature-rich, development environment. It supports JDK 1.3, JSP 1.2, and Servlet 2.3 along with concurrent support for WAS V3.5.6, and higher, WAS-Express, and Tomcat. It provides effortless migration between WebSphere Studio configurations and third-party best-of-breed tools.
In this release, IBM has updated the Page Designer with support for Visual Custom Tags. IBM has added support for static Web pages and the capability to reproduce, subset, and extend past HTML with new support for XHTML. A new Web view is added to the perspectives to organize Web resources.
For Web Services, IBM has improved the samples and provided enhanced support through a pop-up action. We have added support for UDDI V2 and provided discovery through the Web Service Inspection Language (WSIL).
The IDE also includes significant iSeries-specific extensions for Web and Java development:
IBM Webfacing Tool
One of the most exciting components of WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries is the IBM WebFacing Tool. The IBM WebFacing Tool creates a Web interface to an existing 5250 application in a development-time conversion process. The conversion process typically requires little or no change to the existing iSeries programs. The resulting application continues to support a green screen and will also support the Web interface. The tool generates standard JavaServer Pages and XML definitions, based on the display file DDS, and includes a servlet-based runtime. The JSPs and runtime run in any application server that supports these Java Web components.
The conversion process just keeps getting easier. With the increased DDS keyword support, most iSeries applications will convert without any code changes. A typical business application with a hundred screens can be converted and published to the application server for test in just a few hours.
In this release, IBM introduces the performance and scalability enhancements to allow the IBM WebFacing Tool to support extremely large and complex applications with high traffic flows. A Web interface is provided to the most requested system support WRKSPLF.
Tools for Developing Server Applications
In the V4.0 release of WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, the first phase of support for RPG, COBOL, CL, and DDS development in the IDE was introduced. This was a first step in the ultimate goal of reproducing the development capabilities of the classic ADTS and CODE tools, in a highly integrated and productive environment, offering a consistent experience for all development work from RPG to Java. This support includes a Remote System Explorer (RSE) for PDM-like access to OS/400® resources, and iSeries Projects for disciplined team development that leverages the excellent team capabilities of Eclipse.
In the new V5.0 release, there are significant enhancements in both the RSE and the iSeries Projects support.
The RSE enhancements include:
The built-in editor available in the RSE has been significantly enhanced to include many more of the classic CODE editor capabilities.
Running and debugging iSeries programs, is now tightly integrated with the RSE and the built-in editor.
The iSeries Projects support now includes significant enhancements:
Business partners can easily leverage and extend RSE and iSeries Projects. There are also many enhancements to make it even easier to tightly integrate their tools with the IBM base development environment.
Many leading iSeries tool vendors are actively integrating their tools into this new release. These vendors include, but are not limited to, change management and impact analysis tool suppliers.
While WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 closes the gap for CODE classic function, there are still many loyal and happy CODE users. The classic CODE tools remain available and installed with WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0, and easily accessible directly from the RSE. For those who prefer direct access to these tools, a command is available to enable adding CODE entries to the Windows startup menu. Help for the classic tools can also be enabled.
The RSE is able to access iSeries OS/400 resources, Integrated File System (IFS) files and commands, remote UNIX, Windows, and Linux files and commands, and local Windows files. In V5.0, the "universal" support for files and commands has been dramatically improved. There is new support for drag and drop, command shells, and intelligent command interpretation. For example, if a programmer runs a remote compile, 'make' or 'grep' command, the results are shown in the RSE command console. The programmer can double click on an error or search result to open the editor on the file. Any local editor can be opened on any remote file, including, for example, the built-in Java editor for remote Java files. There is a new table view for files that complements the existing tree view.
Programmers can now search a remote file system for a file name pattern and see the resulting matching files in a table view, and then use the full suite of actions on those files, including edit. There is new support for running local Window commands in the RSE command console.
VisualAge RPG is shipped with WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0. VisualAge RPG lets RPG programmers:
VisualAge RPG provides all the features of the RPG IV language like
external file description. VisualAge RPG also lets you generate Java
code from VARPG source to run VisualAge RPG applications on platforms
other than Windows. VisualAge RPG is easy to learn for experienced RPG
IV programmers who want to create applications with a GUI. In this
version the language level of VisualAge RPG is upgraded to the language
level of RPG IV V5.2. The enhanced features of the RPG IV language,
including Free Form Statements, Monitor Group, and Qualified Data
Structures, are now available in VARPG, with some exceptions when
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 supports the following features:
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 is entitled to the customers of the iSeries tier-priced host product, WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries (WDS). WDS contains the server application development (AD) tools: ILE RPG, ILE COBOL, ILE C, ILE C++ and Application Development ToolSet (ADTS).
WDS provides entitlement to the new workstation components, WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0. In most shops, WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 will be delivered in this manner. WDS is priced and packaged to make it pervasive in the iSeries marketplace.
The workstation tools are packaged into WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 to provide the following:
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 contains tools for:
Web and Java Development
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0, is based on WebSphere Studio Site Developer. WebSphere Studio Site Developer is a hybrid based on the merging of capabilities from VisualAge for Java, Professional Edition, and WebSphere Studio, Standard Edition and integration with the new WebSphere Studio Workbench. WebSphere Studio Site Developer provides a comprehensive set of tools for Web and Java development. iSeries specific enhancements are added to these Web and Java developments tools as part of WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0. These enhancements make it easier to develop Web and Java applications for the iSeries server.
ADTS has been the traditional method for developing and maintaining server-side iSeries applications. WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0, includes new highly integrated and highly extendible tools for iSeries RPG, COBOL, C, C++, CL and DDS development. These new tools offer programmers a development experience that is consistent with the experience for developing Java, Web, Web Services, and XML applications, lowering the learning curve for all.
These new generation tools include the Remote System Explorer for a PDM-like experience, and iSeries projects for team-based development (together with a Eclipse-compliant software change management repository). They offer rich support for exploring the file system, compiling/building, editing, running, and debugging. The iSeries Projects support enables effective team support leveraging any iSeries or LAN resident source repository which supports Eclipse.
The new tools also allow the programmer to leverage the classic CODE tools for extremely rich editing and DDS design support. The combination of the Remote System Explorer, the iSeries Projects, and the easily accessible CODE classic tools offers a superset of functionality over the classic, and feature-frozen, ADTS tools. It offers significant productivity and usability gains, support for disconnected and team development, and a common harness for the tight integration of IBM- and ISV-supplied tools for server development. Using these new generation tools also implicitly increases a programmer's skills and makes the transition into new programming models easier, such as IBM WebFacing Tool, Web, Web Services, Java, and XML.
Web-Enabling Applications IBM WebFacing Tool Versus 5250 Intercept Products
The IBM WebFacing Tool offers significant advantages over the 5250 intercept tools in terms of standards, costs, and extendibility.
The IBM WebFacing Tool creates a Web interface to an existing 5250 application by generating standard Java ServerPages (JSPs). The Web interface is created in a development-time conversion step. The data created by the 5250 application is passed to Java beans and then to the JSPs at runtime. The WebSphere Application Server then ships the HTML to the browser. The Java components can be customized or extended, and should execute in any application server supporting the Java standards. Customization of the Web enabled application can be accomplished using WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0
Typically, 5250 intercept products interpret/decompose the 5250 datastream to create the Web interface, and are tied to a proprietary, chargeable runtime environments.
There are no additional tools or runtime charges associated with a Web-enabled application created with the IBM WebFacing Tool. The IBM WebFacing Tool creates standard Java components that should run in any application server. Many 5250 intercept tools have both a development time tool charge and a runtime/usage charge. An application that has been Web-enabled using the IBM WebFacing Tool can support both a 5250 and Web interface concurrently.
The IBM WebFacing Tool creates standard JSPs that can be leveraged and extended with standard Java tools. Using the IBM WebFacing Tool is often the first step in leveraging 5250 applications and extending them to an e-business environment. With intercept tools, a base e-business/Web application is not created. The e-business interfaces are generated at run-time. This makes it difficult to customize the user interfaces.
When would you use a 5250 intercept product rather than the IBM WebFacing Tool?
A 5250 intercept tool should be chosen if the workstation DDS source code (required by the IBM WebFacing Tool) is unavailable. If the DDS source code has used DDS keywords that were not supported by the IBM WebFacing Tool, then an intercept tool might prove a better choice.
Refer to Software Announcement 202-329 , dated December 3, 2002, (WebSphere Studio Site Developer for Linux and Windows, V5.0).
WebSphere® Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 is built on the WebSphere Studio Workbench, and extends WebSphere Studio Site Developer to include iSeries specific tools and features.
The key features of WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 are:
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 Has Four Functional Objectives
Develop iSeries Classic Applications Using the Remote System Explorer
Develop Web GUIs for iSeries classic applications using IBM WebFacing Tool and the Web Tools
Develop Client and Server Applications for iSeries Using the Java Tools
Work with Other Integrated WebSphere Studio Site Developer Tools
A multi-channel delivery strategy is planned to address the e-business education requirements in the iSeries marketplace.
For more education information, visit the following Web sites:
IBM, in concert with its Business Partners, plans to offer the following services in support of the product offering:
For more information on the service offerings, visit the following Web site:
A product specification sheet is available at:
IBM WebFacing Tool
iSeries Web tools
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Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
System: iSeries and AS/400® RISC models
If WebSphere Application Server on iSeries is used for applications built with WebSphere Development Studio Client components, refer to the WebSphere Application Server documentation for minimum iSeries hardware requirements.
Workstation (minimum requirements):
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Security, Auditability, and Control
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0 uses the security and auditability features of the respective operating systems.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.
WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, V5.0, is a stand-alone product with one charge unit user. It is available in units of one.
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