IBM Rational Developer for System i was the first Eclipse-based Rational IDE offering for IBM i. It was introduced in 2007 in support of i5/OS application development. It has since evolved as follows:
- Name changed to "Rational Developer for i" at v7.5
- to reflect re-branding of the i operating system, from "IBM System i" to "IBM i"
- Name changed again to "Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i" at v7.6
- to reflect that the IDE was evolving to all three of the operating systems supported on the newly introduced Power Systems platform: IBM i, AIX, and Linux on Power
- Name changed again to "Rational Developer for i, RPG and COBOL Tools" at v9.0, and the editions of "Rational Developer for Power Systems Software" that supported development for AIX and Linux were evolved to "Rational Developer for AIX and Linux"
- to reflect that the Power hardware architecture is now marketed both as Power Systems and as Pure Systems, making it more meaningful to name the IDEs based on their associations to operating systems as opposed to hardware systems
For the latest information on these and all other Rational IDE products please see the Rational Developer Family page