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This is your “one stop shop” for all of the key information that you might need to know, as you plan and execute your adoption of new releases of IBM Rational Developer for i. Below you see a row of tabs showing Rational Developer for i version numbers -- one tab for each Version (V.x.x.x), Release (x.R.x.x), or Modification (x.x.M.x) that is still in active service.

The content of each tab is a second row of tabs, each of which contains a particular type of information. As you select each release-specific tab on the top row, the content in all of the tabs in the second row will change to reflect information that corresponds to that product release.

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Rational Developer for i v9.5.1

Announced: September 6, 2016
General Availability: September 9, 2016

Rational Developer for i Announcement letter

Rational Developer for i 9.5.1 general availability information.

Rational Developer for i v9.5.1 contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Version 9.5.1 is a fixpack release. You can apply 9.5.1 as an update to an existing 9.5 installation. A full install is not required.

Version 9.5.1 uses the same license keys and floating user license keys as version 9.5.0 and does not require a new license key. For general information on obtaining license keys, see How to obtain license keys for IBM Rational products.

For information on downloading Rational Developer for i from Passport Advantage, see Passport Advantage Parts list for Rational Developer for i.

To see the complete product documentation, see the Rational Developer for i IBM Knowledge Center.

Highlights in this release:
  • Mac OS X v10.11 support
  • Kerberos authentication
  • Context-sensitive help for embedded SQL in ILE RPG
  • Consolidated Project View - remote reconciler with remote contexts on IFS. All projects in RDi except for i Projects can now be associated with an IFS location
  • Identify where in the code you are at - enhanced Show Block Nesting for SQL ILE RPG and ILE RPG
  • Always make Run SQL Scripts available, not just when in SQLRPGLE source - Objects subsystem popup menu has Run SQL Scripts action
  • Display additional parameter information in RPGLE content assist
  • Enhancements to LPEX editor ctrl-f find function
  • Integrated Access Client Solutions updated to 1.1.6 version with Visual Explain in Run SQL Scripts
  • Show Syntax errors as annotations instead of SHOW lines
  • The ILE RPG Outline now displays items representing the control-options (H-Specs), I-Specs and O-Specs sections
  • Added commenting key shortcuts/actions for CL and DDS (like RPG)
  • Added toolbar button to ILE RPG outline view to toggle filtering out unreferenced fields/prototypes/data structures/procedures/files in the outline view

Fixes:
For a list of fixes in version 9.5.1, see the Fix list for Rational Developer for i. Click the tab for 9.5.

For system requirements, see the System Requirements tab on the Rational Developer for i product page.

Supported Specifications:
ILE RPG: IBM i version 7 release 3, IBM i version 7 release 2, and IBM i version 7 release 1
C/C++: See the Industry Standards section of the ILE C/C++ Compiler Reference
COBOL: See the Level of Language Support section of the ILE COBOL Programmer's Guide
Java: See the Support for multiple Java Development Kits informaton in the IBM i 7.3 Knowledge Center

Included test environments

  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
Supported test environments
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
  • WebSphere Application Server 7.0

"Packaging" refers to how a product is named, how it is structured (for example, as one or more editions), how it is licensed, and the PIDs and part numbers used to execute transactions such as license purchases and support agreement renewals.

Rational Developer for i is currently marketed as three editions. (See the "Editions comparisons" tab for more information.):

  • RPG and COBOL Tools
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, Java Edition
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, EGL Edition

Because it is structured as a bundle, the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is available only with the Authorized User licensing metric. The other editions of Rational Developer for i are offered with the following license metrics:

  • Authorized User
  • Floating User Single Install
  • Token

No packaging changes were introduced as part of the Rational Developer for i 9.5.1 release.

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction".

(For more details about the packaging changes that were introduced as of version 9.0.0 of Rational Developer for i, see the "Packaging" tab for the 9.0.0 version on this page.)

The "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is structured as a bundle of these two products:

  • IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools
  • IBM Rational Business Developer

The following links take you to the information you need to migrate Rational Developer for i.

Rational Developer for i is available in three editions:

  • RPG and COBOL Tools For developing basic compiled language applications that run on the IBM i operating system (Note: This edition also supports C, C++, CL, DDS, and SQL development).
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, Java Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with a rich Java, Web, SOA, and mobile development environment to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications.
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, EGL Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with the complete Rational Business Developer product to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications using the EGL language.

Rational Developer for i v9.5.0

Announced: September 1, 2015
General Availability: September 18, 2015

Rational Developer for i Announcement letter

Rational Developer for i 9.5.0 general availability information.

Rational Developer for i v9.5.0 contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Version 9.5.0 requires a full install. You cannot apply 9.5.0 as an update to an existing installation.

Version 9.5 does not require a new version of the Floating User license keys. However, the Authorized User (AU) license activation kit is version-specific. As of version 9.1 in Passport Advantage, the product installable image includes the AU activation kit. The AU activation kits will also continue to be available from the Rational License Key Center for those who prefer to keep track of their license keys there. For general information on obtaining license keys, see How to obtain license keys for IBM Rational products.

For information on downloading Rational Developer for i from Passport Advantage, see Passport Advantage Parts list for Rational Developer for i.

To see the complete product documentation, see the Rational Developer for i IBM Knowledge Center.

Highlights in this release:
  • Addition of a built-in 5250 emulator
  • Support for fully free-form RPG (removal of 80-column restriction)
  • Snippet support in push-to-client feature
  • Improvements to free-form RPG formatting support
  • Improved RPG Content Assist
  • Improvements to code coverage analysis capabilities and performance
  • A new Update Notifier utility that alerts you to the availability of new patches, fixpacks, and modification releases in Fix Central.
  • Moves up to Eclipse version 4.4.2 (Luna). Runs on IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8.

Fixes:
For a list of fixes in version 9.5.0, see the Fix list for Rational Developer for i. Click the tab for 9.5.

For system requirements, see the System Requirements tab on the Rational Developer for i product page.

Supported Specifications:
ILE RPG: IBM i version 7 release 2 and IBM i version 7 release 1
C/C++: See the Industry Standards section of the ILE C/C++ Compiler Reference
COBOL: See the Level of Language Support section of the ILE COBOL Programmer's Guide
Java: See the Support for multiple Java Development Kits informaton in the IBM i 7.2 Knowledge Center

Included test environments

  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
Supported test environments
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
  • WebSphere Application Server 7.0

"Packaging" refers to how a product is named, how it is structured (for example, as one or more editions), how it is licensed, and the PIDs and part numbers used to execute transactions such as license purchases and support agreement renewals.

No packaging changes were introduced as part of the Rational Developer for i 9.5.0 release.

Rational Developer for i is currently marketed as three editions. (See the "Editions comparisons" tab of this page for more information.)

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction".

(For more details about the packaging changes that were introduced as of version 9.0.0 of Rational Developer for i, see the "Packaging" tab for the 9.0.0 version on this page.)

The "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is structured as a bundle of these two products:

  • IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools
  • IBM Rational Business Developer

Because it is structured as a bundle, the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is available only with the Authorized User licensing metric. The other editions of Rational Developer for i are offered with the following license metrics:

  • Authorized User
  • Floating User Single Install
  • Token

The following links take you to the information you need to migrate Rational Developer for i.

Rational Developer for i is available in three editions:

  • RPG and COBOL Tools For developing basic compiled language applications that run on the IBM i operating system (Note: This edition also supports C, C++, CL, DDS, and SQL development).
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, Java Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with a rich Java, Web, SOA, and mobile development environment to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications.
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, EGL Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with the complete Rational Business Developer product to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications using the EGL language.

Rational Developer for i v9.1.1

Announced: October 6, 2014
General Availability: December 12, 2014

Rational Developer for i Announcement letter

Rational Developer for i 9.1.1 general availability information.

Rational Developer for i v9.1.1 contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Version 9.1.1 is a fixpack release. You can apply 9.1.1 as an update to an existing 9.1 installation. A full install is not required.

Version 9.1.1 uses the same Floating User license keys and Authorized User activation kits as version 9.1.0.

For information on downloading Rational Developer for i from Passport Advantage, see Passport Advantage Parts list for Rational Developer for i.

To see the complete product documentation, see the Rational Developer for i IBM Knowledge Center.

Highlights in this release:
  • Push-to-client capability for centralizing administration of tool and workspace configurations and settings.
  • Code coverage: interactive and service entry point support added.

What's new:
For complete information about what's new in this release, click here to access the announcement letter and see the section 'New and updated capabilities'

Fixes:
For a list of fixes in version 9.1.1, see the Fix list for Rational Developer for i. Click the tab for 9.1 and scroll down to the 9.1.1 section.

For system requirements, see the Installation requirements information in the Rational Developer for System i Knowledge Center, or the System Requirements tab on the Rational Developer for i product page.

Supported Specifications:
ILE RPG: IBM i version 7 release 2
C/C++: See the Industry Standards section of the ILE C/C++ Compiler Reference
COBOL: See the Level of Language Support section of the ILE COBOL Programmer's Guide
Java: See the Support for multiple Java Development Kits informaton in the IBM i 7.2 Knowledge Center

  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
  • WebSphere Application Server 7.0

"Packaging" refers to how a product is named, how it is structured (for example, as one or more editions), how it is licensed, and the PIDs and part numbers used to execute transactions such as license purchases and support agreement renewals.

No packaging changes were introduced as part of the Rational Developer for i 9.1.1 release.

Rational Developer for i is currently marketed as three editions. (See the "Editions comparisons" tab of this page for more information.)

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction".

(For more details about the packaging changes that were introduced as of version 9.0.0 of Rational Developer for i, see the "Packaging" tab for the 9.0.0 version on this page.)

The "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is structured as a bundle of these two products:

  • IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools
  • IBM Rational Business Developer

Because it is structured as a bundle, the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is available only with the Authorized User licensing metric. The other editions of Rational Developer for i are offered with the following license metrics:

  • Authorized User
  • Floating User Single Install
  • Token

The following links take you to the information you need to migrate Rational Developer for i.

Rational Developer for i is available in three editions:

  • RPG and COBOL Tools For developing basic compiled language applications that run on the IBM i operating system (Note: This edition also supports C, C++, CL, DDS, and SQL development).
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, Java Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with a rich Java, Web, SOA, and mobile development environment to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications.
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, EGL Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with the complete Rational Business Developer product to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications using the EGL language.

Rational Developer for i v9.1.0

Announced: April 28, 2014
General Availability: May 23, 2014

Rational Developer for i Announcement letter

Rational Developer for i 9.1.0 general availability information.

Rational Developer for i v9.1.0 contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Version 9.1.0 requires a full install. You cannot apply 9.1.0 as an update to an existing installation.

Version 9.1 does not require a new version of the Floating User license keys. However, the Authorized User (AU) license activation kit is version-specific. As of version 9.1 in Passport Advantage, the product installable image includes the AU activation kit. The AU activation kits will also continue to be available from the Rational License Key Center for those who prefer to keep track of their license keys there. For general information on obtaining license keys, see How to obtain license keys for IBM Rational products. For more information about the inclusion of AU license activation kits with product images, see this DCF document.

For information on downloading Rational Developer for i from Passport Advantage, see Passport Advantage Parts list for Rational Developer for i.

To see the complete product documentation, see the Rational Developer for i IBM Knowledge Center.

Highlights in this release:
  • Free-form RPG: expanded tooling support enabled by ILE RPG compiler enhancements that were delivered in fourth quarter, 2013.
  • Code coverage: line level analysis capability.

What's new:
For complete information about what's new in this release, click here to access the announcement letter and see the section 'Rational Developer for i new capabilities in V9.1'

Fixes:
For a list of fixes in version 9.1, see the Fix list for Rational Developer for i.

For system requirements, see the Installation requirements information in the Rational Developer for System i Knowledge Center, or the System Requirements tab on the Rational Developer for i product page.

Supported Specifications:
ILE RPG: IBM i version 7 release 2
C/C++: See the Industry Standards section of the ILE C/C++ Compiler Reference
COBOL: See the Level of Language Support section of the ILE COBOL Programmer's Guide
Java: See the Support for multiple Java Development Kits informaton in the IBM i 7.2 Knowledge Center

  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
  • WebSphere Application Server 7.0

"Packaging" refers to how a product is named, how it is structured (for example, as one or more editions), how it is licensed, and the PIDs and part numbers used to execute transactions such as license purchases and support agreement renewals.

No packaging changes were introduced as part of the Rational Developer for i 9.1.0 release.

Rational Developer for i is currently marketed as three editions. (See the "Editions comparisons" tab of this page for more information.)

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction".

(For more details about the packaging changes that were introduced as of version 9.0.0 of Rational Developer for i, see the "Packaging" tab for the 9.0.0 version on this page.)

The "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is structured as a bundle of these two products:

  • IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools
  • IBM Rational Business Developer

Because it is structured as a bundle, the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is available only with the Authorized User licensing metric. The other editions of Rational Developer for i are offered with the following license metrics:

  • Authorized User
  • Floating User Single Install
  • Token

The following links take you to the information you need to migrate Rational Developer for i.

Rational Developer for i is available in three editions:

  • RPG and COBOL Tools For developing basic compiled language applications that run on the IBM i operating system (Note: This edition also supports C, C++, CL, DDS, and SQL development).
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, Java Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with a rich Java, Web, SOA, and mobile development environment to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications.
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, EGL Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with the complete Rational Business Developer product to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications using the EGL language.

Rational Developer for i v9.0.1

Announced: December 10, 2013
General Availability: December 13, 2013

Announcement letter: See the IBM Rational Developer for System z V9.0.1 announcment letter. This letter includes information about updates to Rational Developer for i 9.0.1.

Version 9.0.1 is a fixpack release. You can apply 9.0.1 as an update to an existing 9.0 installation. A full install is not required.

Version 9.0.1 uses the same floating license keys and Authorized User activation kits as version 9.0.0.

To see the complete product documentation, see the Rational Developer for i 9.0.0 at IBM Knowledge Center. Documentation updates corresponding to 9.0.1 product changes were made directly in the Rational Developer for i 9.0.0 Knowledge Center.

Highlights in this release:
  • Free-form RPG support introduced

What's new:
For complete information about what's new in this release, click here to access the 9.0 announcement letter and see the 'New capabilities' section. In addition to the new features provided in 9.0, version 9.0.1 includes Free-form RPG support and additional fixes.

Fixes:
For a list of fixes in version 9.0.1, see the Fix list for Rational Developer for i. At that page, click the 9.0 tab and scroll down to the 9.0.1 Fix Pack section.

For system requirements, see the Installation requirements information in the Rational Developer for System i Knowledge Center.

Supported Specifications:
ILE RPG: IBM i version 7 release 1
C/C++: See the Industry Standards section of the ILE C/C++ Compiler Reference
COBOL: See the Level of Language Support section of the ILE COBOL Programmer's Guide
Java: See the Support for multiple Java Development Kits informaton in the IBM i 7.1 Knowledge Center

  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
  • WebSphere Application Server 7.0

"Packaging" refers to how a product is named, how it is structured (for example, as one or more editions), how it is licensed, and the PIDs and part numbers used to execute transactions such as license purchases and support agreement renewals.

No packaging changes were introduced as part of the Rational Developer for i 9.0.1 release.

Rational Developer for i is currently marketed as three editions. (See the "Editions comparisons" tab of this page for more information.)

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for i".

Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction".

(For more details about the packaging changes that were introduced as of version 9.0.0 of Rational Developer for i, see the "Packaging" tab for the 9.0.0 version on this page.)

The "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is structured as a bundle of these two products:

  • IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools
  • IBM Rational Business Developer

Because it is structured as a bundle, the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is available only with the Authorized User licensing metric. The other editions of Rational Developer for i are offered with the following license metrics:

  • Authorized User
  • Floating User Single Install
  • Token

The following links take you to the information you need to migrate Rational Developer for i.

Rational Developer for i is available in three editions:

  • RPG and COBOL Tools For developing basic compiled language applications that run on the IBM i operating system (Note: This edition also supports C, C++, CL, DDS, and SQL development).
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, Java Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with a rich Java, Web, SOA, and mobile development environment to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications.
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, EGL Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with the complete Rational Business Developer product to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications using the EGL language.

Rational Developer for i v9.0.0

Announced: April 23, 2013
General Availability: June 14, 2013

Rational Developer for i Announcement letter

Version 9.0.0 requires a full install. You cannot apply 9.0.0 as an update to an existing installation.

Because it is structured as a bundle, the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is available only with the Authorized User licensing metric. The other editions of Rational Developer for i are offered with the following license metrics:

  • Authorized User (AU)
  • Floating User Single Install (FUSI)
  • Token

Versions 9.0 and later of "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" when sold as FUSI can all use the same floating license key that unlocked "Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i" at versions 8.0.x and 8.5.x.

Versions 9.0 and later of "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" when sold as FUSI require two floating keys:

  • One key unlocks the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" part of the product and as just noted, this is the same key that was used to unlock this portion of "Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i" at version levels 8.0.x and 8.5.x.
  • The second key unlocks the "+Modernization Tools Java Edition" portion of the product, and for this part the key for versions 9.0 and later is different from the key used for the 8.0 and 8.5 versions of "Rational Developer for Power System Software Power Tools for i". So as you install version 9.0.0 or later of "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" for the first time, you must visit the Rational License Key Center to get the newer floating key, and you must configure it into your license server.

For PPA customers, AU license activation kits are always version specific but are provided as part of the product installable images (for versions 8.5 and later). So for PPA customers it is not necessary to visit the Rational License Key Center to obtain updated kits. The AU activation kits also continue to be available from the Rational License Key Center for those who prefer to keep track of all their license keys there.

To see the complete product documentation, see the Rational Developer for i IBM Knowledge Center.

Highlights in this release:
  • Remote Systems Explorer: significant improvements to qualities of service
  • In selected editions:
    - A rich subset of the Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software offering.
    - IBM Worklight Studio capabilities to add support for developing hybrid mobile applications

What's new:
For complete information about what's new in this release, click here to access the 9.0 announcement letter and see the 'New capabilities' section.

Fixes:
For a list of fixes in version 9.0.0, see the Fix list for Rational Developer for i. At that page, click the 9.0 tab and scroll down to the Initial Release (9.0) section.

For system requirements, see the Installation requirements information in the Rational Developer for System i Knowledge Center.

Supported Specifications:
ILE RPG: IBM i version 7 release 1
C/C++: See the Industry Standards section of the ILE C/C++ Compiler Reference
COBOL: See the Level of Language Support section of the ILE COBOL Programmer's Guide
Java: See the Support for multiple Java Development Kits informaton in the IBM i 7.1 Knowledge Center

  • WebSphere Application Server 8.5.5
  • WebSphere Application Server 8.0
  • WebSphere Application Server 7.0

"Packaging" refers to how a product is named, how it is structured (for example, as one or more editions), how it is licensed, and the PIDs and part numbers used to execute transactions such as license purchases and support agreement renewals.

Extensive packaging changes were introduced as part of the Rational Developer for i 9.0.0 release. In addition to the changes described below, there were changes to the license keys for Floating User Single Install product entitlements. Please see the "Product fulfillment" tab for version 9.0.0 on this page.

Prior to version 9.0.0, the Rational Developer for i (RDi) products were marketed under either the "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software" (RD Power) family name, or the "IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction" name. The RD Power family of products included development tools for AIX and Linux on Power systems, as well as development tools for IBM i. At version 9.0.0, the "IBM Rational Developer for Power System Software" name was retired, and replaced by two new family names:

  • "IBM Rational Developer for i" (RDi)
  • "IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux" (RDAL)

"IBM Rational Developer for i" is currently marketed as three editions. (See the "Editions comparisons" tab of this page for more information.) Those editions and their relationships to previous product names are as follows:

  • Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i".
  • Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools Java Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for i".
  • Prior to 9.0.0, "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" was marketed as "IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction".
Below is a graphical depiction of the evolution of these products. ( Click to see a full size image)

Like "Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction" before it, the "BM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is structured as a bundle of these two products:

  • "IBM Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL Tools"
  • "IBM Rational Business Developer"

Because it is structured as a bundle, the "Rational Developer for i RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools EGL Edition" offering is available only with the Authorized User licensing metric. The other editions of Rational Developer for i are offered with the following license metrics:

  • Authorized User
  • Floating User Single Install
  • Token

The following links take you to the information you need to migrate Rational Developer for i.

Rational Developer for i is available in three editions:

  • RPG and COBOL Tools For developing basic compiled language applications that run on the IBM i operating system (Note: This edition also supports C, C++, CL, DDS, and SQL development).
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, Java Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with a rich Java, Web, SOA, and mobile development environment to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications.
  • RPG and COBOL + Modernization Tools, EGL Edition Supplements the RPG and COBOL Tools with the complete Rational Business Developer product to support extension and modernization of heritage IBM i applications using the EGL language.

Rational Developer for Power v8.5.1

Announcement 8.5.0: March 29, 2012
General Availability 8.5.1: November 26, 2012

Rational Developer for Power Announcement letter

Version 8.5.1 is a fixpack release. You can apply 8.5.1 as an update to an existing 8.5 installation. A full install is not required.

To see the complete product documentation, see the Rational Developer for Power IBM Knowledge Center.

Highlights in this release:
  • For C/C++ for AIX and Linux on Power:
    - Performance Advisor for C/C++ for AIX & Linux (workflow-driven performance analysis and advisory tools for optimizing application performance)
    -Enhancements to basic C/C++ IDE when working in remote projects
  • For COBOL on AIX and for C/C++ on AIX and Linux
    -Porting and Migration Advisor (in-migration and porting guidance for C/C++ and COBOL for AIX and Linux )
    -Light weight, debuggable executables
    -Code coverage analysis capability for C, C++, and COBOL on AIX and Linux
  • For IBM i
    -Live outline view for RPG applications
    -Enhancements to the i Project Perspective
  • For all operating systems
    -Expanded set of data development tools in the Data Perspective
    -Support for build specifications for multiple contexts (such as for multiple promotion levels or even multiple target platforms)
    -Service reliability enhancements
    -64-bit desktop operating system support (product can now exploit larger memory space)

What's new:
For complete information about what's new in this release, click here to access the announcement letter and see the 'What's new in Version 8.5' section.

Fixes:
For a list of fixes in version 8.5.1, see the Fix list for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software 8.5.

For system requirements, see the Technical information section of the announcement letter.

No WebSphere Application Server test environments were supported in Rational Developer for Power 8.5.1

After Rational Developer for Power version 8.5.1, this product was marketed as two separate products: Rational Developer for i and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux.

The following links take you to the information you need to migrate Rational Developer for Power.

Rational Developer for Power is available in ten offerings. See the announcement letter for complete details:

  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software RPG and COBOL Development Tools for i
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software C/C++ Development Tools for AIX
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software COBOL Development Tools for AIX
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software C/C++ Development Tools for Linux
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software C/C++ Development Studio for AIX
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software COBOL Development Studio for AIX
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software C/C++ Development Studio for Linux
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for i
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Power Tools for AIX
  • Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction

Document information

More support for: Rational Developer for i
Documentation

Software version: 9.0, 9.0.0.1, 9.0.1, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.1.1, 9.5, 9.5.0.1, 9.5.0.2, 9.5.0.3, 9.5.1

Operating system(s): IBM i, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1681378

Modified date: 16 September 2016


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