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IBM WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries V5R4 provides tools to create modern IBM eServer iSeries solutions

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-018
January 31, 2006

 

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TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Demonstrations
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Technical information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Planning statement TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
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At a glance

IBM WebSphere Development Studio (WDS) for iSeries V5R4 includes:

Server tools

  • ILE RPG
  • ILE COBOL
  • ILE C/C++
  • Application Development ToolSet

Workstation tools (via the entitlement of unlimited workstation licenses of WDSC V6.0 per System i5 with WDS installed)

  • WDSC refresh pack V6.0.1
  • RWD refresh pack V6.0.1
  • Remote System Explorer — a powerful integrated development environment for i5/OS application development
  • i5/OS plug-ins to help Java™, Web, and Web services developers access i5/OS data and applications
  • i5/OS re-facing tools
    • IBM WebFacing Tool and Host Access Transformation Services Toolkit V6.0.4
  • IBM integrated i5/OS debugger (Eclipse-based) for all languages
  • Separate installation of CODE and VARPG

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Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

IBM WebSphere® Development Studio (WDS) for iSeries™ V5R4 offers significant enhancements to both the IBM i5/OS™ host tools and the entitled workstation components.

Key WDS V5R4 enhancements:

  • ILE RPG
    • Ability to access data in XML documents from an ILE RPG application
    • Ease-of-use improvement for result data structures for I/O operations, by assigning all corresponding subfields between two data structures
    • Ability to pass null-capable fields as parameters
  • ILE COBOL
    • Ability to output COBOL data records into XML format
    • Support for null-terminated nonnumeric literals and for intrinsic functions
    • Compile options for listing view compression in debug
  • Application Development ToolSet
    • Support for network server configuration objects in PDM and for changing PDM defaults
    • Toleration of the STAPLE keyword in RLU
    • Syntax checking of free-form calculations while editing ILE RPG source

WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries (WDSC) is an IDE for creating traditional i5/OS and e-business on demand™ applications.

Key WDSC V6.0.1 enhancements:

  • It is based on Rational® Web Developer for WebSphere Software (RWD) refresh pack V6.0.1 (part of the IBM Rational Software Development Platform) and it includes other Eclipse-based development tools that allow you to adapt and extend your development environments with IBM and partner tools.
  • IBM WebFacing Tool delivers extensions to allow Web-enabled applications created with the WebFacing Tool to interoperate with 5250 applications in a browser. (Deployment for applications using these extensions requires IBM WebFacing Deployment Tool for WebSphere Development Studio — with HATS technology, V6.0.1, 5724-N52.)
  • HATS Toolkit V6.0.4 delivers dynamic run-time transformation of the 5250 datastream with no requirement for Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) capacity starting with i5/OS V5R4.
  • A new WDSC Lite technology preview provides a light-weight edit/compile/debug environment for developing native i5/OS applications (256 MB of RAM is recommended to operate effectively).
  • It provides V5R4 support for RPG, COBOL, and CL.
  • It has a new extension to the Web Service wizard to create Web Services from ILE RPG/COBOL programs in one step, making it easier to create SOA applications.
  • The WebFacing Tool and Web Tools generate Common Base Event (CBE) logging data that can be used by the Log and Trace Analyzer, provided in WebSphere Development Studio Client Advanced Edition for iSeries.

 
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Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements section.
 
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Planned availability date

February 14, 2006
 
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Description

What's new in V5R4

IBM continues to focus on the RPG IV compiler for ILE RPG. The new enhancements make it easier to:

  • Parse and use the data in XML documents
    • By receiving the XML data gradually using the SAX event handling procedure, which requires some XML knowledge
    • By assigning XML data directly to an RPG variable, which requires little or no XML knowledge
  • Use result data structures for I/O operations by using the EVAL-CORR to assign from one data structure to another, subfield-by-subfield
  • Pass null-capable fields as parameters by allowing the called program or procedure direct access to the null-indicator of the parameter

The focus of the COBOL enhancements is to address customer requirements and language consistency between platforms.

  • The ability to output COBOL data records into XML format allows the integration with partner tools that require/use data in this format and also provides consistency with the COBOL support on IBM eServer zSeries®.
  • Support for null-terminated nonnumeric literals is a platform consistency enhancement.
  • The compile option to control compression of the debug listing view is an ease-of-use enhancement.
  • Added support for the following intrinsic functions:
    • DISPLAY-OF
    • NATIONAL-OF
    • TRIM
    • TRIML
    • TRIMR

While the effort is focussed on expanding the capabilities of the workstation development tools in WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries, IBM continues to maintain the currency of ADTS.

  • The syntax checking in SEU is updated to address the language enhancements available in i5/OS V5R4. Additionally, syntax checking in SEU is now performed for free-form RPG calculations.
  • A new network server configuration object (*NWSCFG) support in PDM allows you to operate on the *NWSCFG object using the options in PDM.
  • New options in the command (CHGPDMDFT) for changing the PDM defaults.
    • Log option commands — Specify whether or not commands resulting from PDM options or user-defined options are logged to the job log.
    • Exit lists on ENTER — Specifies whether the user can exit list panels using the ENTER key. The list panels include Library, Object, Member, and User-Defined Options.
  • RLU has been updated to include toleration support for the STAPLE keyword.

For a description of WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries V6.0 and refresh pack V6.0.1, refer to:

  • Software Announcement 205-161 , dated July 12, 2005 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries V6.0)
  • Software Announcement 206-021 , dated January 31, 2006 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries refresh pack V6.0.1)

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries is capable as of February 14, 2006, when used in accordance with IBM's associated 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 U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via IBM's Web site at


 
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Product positioning

Available since May 2001, WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries is the most successful iSeries application development product in the history of the AS/400® and iSeries systems. Since its introduction, IBM has shipped the product on over 80% of the operating systems shipped in V5R1, V5R2, and V5R3. It is the most comprehensive and integrated suite of iSeries tools for:

  • Developing traditional server applications using a powerful, integrated file/project/edit/compile/debug integrated development environment for iSeries
  • Web-enabling existing 5250 applications using either WebFacing Tool or HATS technology
  • Developing the next generation of Java and Web applications that support the new JavaServer Faces standard
  • Leveraging and extending iSeries data and applications when developing Java, Web, and Web services applications
  • Leveraging Web services development tools for creating Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications

 
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Planning statement

RPG and COBOL System/36™ and System/38™ compatible compilers, January 2006

IBM plans for WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries V5R4 to be the final release to ship and support the following S/36 and S/38 compiler options. V5R4 will be the final release to include these compilers in the Software Maintenance or Software Subscription contract.

  • 5722-WDS Option 32 — System/36 Compatible RPG II
  • 5722-WDS Option 33 — System/38 Compatible RPG III
  • 5722-WDS Option 42 — System/36 Compatible COBOL
  • 5722-WDS Option 43 — System/38 Compatible COBOL

Suggested alternative:

  1. IBM recommends you migrate existing S/36 and S/38 environment applications to the Integrated Language Environment® (ILE) on i5/OS.
  2. The S/36 and S/38 compilers will be available as separate non-warranted PRPQs in the next release after V5R4. The PRPQs will not be covered by the Software Maintenance or Software Subscription contract. More information will be available in the future at

 
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Reference information
  • Software Announcement 205-161 , dated July 12, 2005 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries V6.0)
  • Software Announcement 206-021 , dated January 31, 2006 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries refresh packs V6.0.1)
  • Software Announcement 206-023 , dated January 31, 2006 (WebFacing Deployment Tool for WebSphere Development Studio V6.0.1 — with HATS technology)

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 206-018

Trademarks

 
iSeries, i5/OS, e-business on demand, System/36, and System/38 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, WebSphere, Rational, zSeries, AS/400, and Integrated Language Environment are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Education support

A multichannel delivery strategy is planned to address the e-business education requirements in the iSeries marketplace.

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Service offerings

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Demonstrations

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Technical information

Hardware requirements

System:

  • IBM eServer iSeries™ Models 270, 800, 810, 820, 825, 830, 840, 870, 890, SB2, and SB3.
  • eServer i5 Models 520, 550, 570, and 595.
  • System i5 Models 520, 550, 570, and 595.
  • IBM eServer p5 Model 9117-570 or 9119-590 servers configured with 1.65 GHz POWER5™ processor or the IBM eServer p5 Model 9119-595 server configured with 1.65 GHz or 1.9 GHz POWER5 processors.
  • Minimum hardware requirements: If WebSphere® Application Server on iSeries is used for applications built with WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries components, refer to the WebSphere Application Server documentation for details.
  • Memory and disk space:

Option                             Auxiliary storage
 
Base                               22 MB
 
Utilities                          50 MB
(PDM, DFU, SDA, and so on)
 
RPG options                        50 MB
 
COBOL options                      65 MB
 
C and C++ Compiler options         120 MB
 
                                   The C++ compiler
                                    requires a machine
                                    capable of running
                                    i5/OS(TM) PASE (option
                                    33 of i5/OS)

Note: The product's service directories will grow according to the number of service pack PTFs installed for the workstation tools.

Workstation: Refer to Software Announcement 206-021 , dated January 31, 2006 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries refresh packs V6.0.1).

System:

  • WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries V5R4 requires i5/OS V5R4 (5722-SS1).
  • The C and C++ compilers require "Openness Includes" (option 13 of 5722-SS1). Installing "Openness Includes" is optional for RPG and COBOL. The C++ compiler requires i5/OS PASE (option 33 of 5722-SS1). To use the ixlc shell command, the Qshell interpreter (option 30 of 5722-SS1) must be installed.

Component/                    Server software
Feature                       requirement
 
ADTS                          i5/OS (5722-SS1) V5R4
 
ILE RPG option                i5/OS (5722-SS1) V5R4
 
ILE COBOL option              i5/OS (5722-SS1) V5R4
 
ILE C and C++ option          i5/OS (5722-SS1) base
                               V5R4 + option 13
 
                              C++ needs option 33
  • WebSphere Development Client refresh pack V6.0.1 supports OS/400® V5R2, and i5/OS V5R3 and V5R4.

  • Development Studio Client V6.0 and refresh pack V6.0.1 support will end for the release of OS/400 or i5/OS when that OS/400 or i5/OS release officially ends service, or when Development Studio Client V6.0 officially ends service.

  • Some components will need additional PTFs. The PTF information is available at

  • OS/400 or i5/OS is only needed if the programming objects are located on the iSeries system or the applications contain backend code on the iSeries system.

  • To compile RPG, COBOL, C, or C++ on the iSeries server, 5722-WDS must be installed.

Workstation: Refer to Software Announcement 206-021 , dated January 31, 2006 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries refresh pack V6.0.1).

ILE RPG V5R4 enhancements

  • New operation code EVAL-CORR assigns subfields with the same name from one data structure to another. This is useful for transferring data between data structures used as the result field in I/O operations.
  • New operation code XML-SAX initiates a SAX parse for an XML document. A user-provided SAX-event-handling procedure receives control for each XML event detected by the XML parser.
  • New operation code XML-INTO reads the contents of an XML document directly into an RPG variable, which can be a field, array, data structure, or array of data structures. It can also read an unlimited number of array elements using a user-provided procedure that handles the data for several array elements at a time.
  • OPTIONS(*NULLIND) can be specified for a parameter of a prototyped procedure, indicating that the null-indicators for the field or data structure should be passed with the parameter. This allows the called program or procedure to directly access the null-indicator of the caller's variable.
  • The ILE RPG syntax checker used by SEU now checks the syntax of /FREE calculation statements.
  • The DEBUG keyword for Control specifications is enhanced to provide more granular control over which debugging features are generated into the module. New parameters *INPUT and *DUMP provide the two features that were previously available with DEBUG(*YES). A new value *XMLSAX can be specified to enable an array of event names that can be used while debugging an XML-SAX event handling procedure.

ILE COBOL V5R4 enhancements

  • XML support has been enhanced. A new statement, XML GENERATE, converts the content of COBOL data records to XML format. XML GENERATE creates XML documents encoded in Unicode UCS-2 or in one of several single-byte EBCDIC or ASCII CCSIDs.
  • Nonnumeric literals can be null-terminated. They can be used anywhere a nonnumeric literal can be specified except that null-terminated literals are not supported in "ALL literal" figurative constants.
  • New CRTBNDCBL/CRTCBLMOD option *NOCOMPRESSDBG/*COMPRESSDBG specifies whether listing view compression should be performed by the compiler when DBGVIEW option *LIST or *ALL is specified.
  • New intrinsic functions:
    • DISPLAY-OF
    • NATIONAL-OF
    • TRIM
    • TRIML
    • TRIMR

Application Development ToolSet V5R4 enhancements

  • ADTS has made minor enhancements to support the V5R4 system changes.
  • PDM
    • New *NWSCFG (network server configuration) object support allows users to operate on the *NWSCFG object using PDM option.
    • PDM Change Defaults (F18) screen's display informational messages flag has been changed from '1'/'2' to 'Y'/'N'.
    • New options for CHGPDMDFT command:
      • Log option commands — Specify whether or not commands resulting from PDM options or user-defined options are logged to the job log.
      • Exit lists on ENTER — Specifies whether the user can exit list panels with the ENTER key. List panels include Library, Object, and Member.
      • User-defined options.
  • RLU
    • Tolerate keyword STAPLE.

For WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries V6.0 enhancements, refer to Software Announcement 205-161 , dated July 12, 2005 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries V6.0).

For WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries refresh pack V6.0.1 enhancements, refer to Software Announcement 206-021 , dated January 31, 2006 (WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries refresh pack V6.0.1).
 
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Terms and conditions

If you purchased WebSphere Development Studio Advanced Edition for iSeries and have a current iSeries Software Maintenance or Software Subscription contract that was purchased prior to March 16, 2004, you are entitled to receive V6.0 of WebSphere Development Studio Client Advanced Edition for iSeries (WDSC AE). You may install WDSC AE for developing iSeries applications onto an unlimited number of development workstations that are connected to the iSeries system to which the WebSphere Development Studio Advanced Edition for iSeries program is licensed, without paying additional license fees.

WebSphere Development Studio Advanced Edition for iSeries was withdrawn from marketing on March 16, 2004. The renewal of your iSeries Software Maintenance or Software Subscription contract purchased after March 16, 2004, will not cover WDSC AE. If you purchased or renewed your iSeries Software Maintenance or Software subscription contract prior to March 16, 2004, you have the option to purchase a customer-determined number of WDSC AE maintenance licenses through Passport Advantage® when your iSeries Maintenance or Software subscription contract expires.
 
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Ordering information

Refer to Software Announcement 206-019 , dated January 31, 2006 (LPs and LPOs supported on V5R4 i5/OS).
 
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Prices

For local charges, contact your IBM representative.
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

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 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
iSeries, POWER5, i5/OS, and developerWorks are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, WebSphere, OS/400, and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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