Rational Developer for System z Backward/Forward compatibility

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What levels of the IBM Rational Developer for System z host and client are compatible?

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Client/Server Compatibility
In general, Rational Developer for System z follows a two level backward and forward compatibility tolerance for basic Client /Server functionality.

Rational Developer for System z v9.1 host/client is compatible with versions v9.1, v9.0.x, and v8.5.x client/host.

Rational Developer for System z v9.0.x host/client is compatible with versions v9.1, v9.0.x, v8.5.x and v8.0.x client/host.

Rational Developer for System z v8.5.x host/client is compatible with versions v9.1, v9.0, v8.5, v8.0.x, and v7.6.x client/host.

Rational Developer for System z v8.0.x host/client is compatible with versions v9.0, v8.5, v8.0.x, and v7.6.x client/host.

Rational Developer for System z v7.6.x host/client is compatible with versions v8.5, v8.0.x, and v7.6.x client/host.

Basic Client/Server functionality includes:

  • Connecting to a z/OS System
  • Allocating z/OS Data sets
  • Creating a z/OS Project
  • Working with z/OS COBOL & Pl/I remote assets – edit, syntax check, submit, execute, debug and view the output
  • Basic CARMA functionality
  • Compatibility between service levels within a release is also supported (for example, using the v8.0.2 client to access a v8.0.1 server).


As an example, if you upgrade your Developer for System z host to v9.0, client versions v8.5.x and v8.0.x are compatible with the v9.0 server.
Likewise, if you upgrade your Developer for System z client to v9.0, server versions v8.5.x.and v8.0.x are compatible with the v9.0 client.

Note: Server enhancements that are client-dependent are not available to developers using earlier versions of the client.

Client enhancements that are server-dependent are not available to developers accessing earlier versions of the server.

For the Integrated Debugger,
  • Developer for System z v9.0.1 clients only support connecting to Developer for System z v9.0.1 servers.
  • Developer for System z v9.0.1.1 clients can connect to either Developer for System z v9.0.1 or V9.0.1.1 servers.
  • Developer for System z v9.1 clients can connect to Developer for System z v9.1, v9.0.1 or V9.0.1.1 servers.

Workspace Data Compatibility

Rational Developer for System z supports upward compatibility of workspace data but does not support backward compatibility of the workspace as a whole or of individual artifacts.

Workspace data may be used with updated versions, mod levels and interim fixes of clients but is not backward compatible. For example, a workspace used with Rational Developer for System z v7.6 may be used with Rational Developer for System z v8.0.1 but after it is used with Rational Developer for System z v8.0.1 it can no longer be used with Rational Developer for System z v7.6. This policy also applies to individual artifacts of a work space, for example, property groups.

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Rational Developer for System z
General Information

Software version:

7.6, 7.6.1, 7.6.2, 7.6.2.2, 7.6.2.3, 7.6.2.4, 7.6.2.5, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.3.1, 8.0.3.2, 8.0.3.3, 8.0.3.4, 8.0.3.5, 8.5, 8.5.0.1, 8.5.1, 8.5.1.1, 8.5.1.2, 8.5.1.3, 8.5.1.4, 8.5.1.5, 9.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.1.1, 9.0.1.2, 9.1

Operating system(s):

Linux, Windows, z/OS

Reference #:

1568844

Modified date:

2014-06-20

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