Thursday, 16 January 2014 18:57

Compuware releases ‘new innovations’ to the Workbench

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Mainframe solutions vendor Compuware has released what it says are new innovations to its Workbench Eclipse-based mainframe development environment.

The vendor says updated offerings in Workbench, first released in 2010, include significantly more robust data search and editing capabilities, additional debugging support and a code coverage reporting feature.

Kris Manery, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Compuware Mainframe Solutions said the Workbench has also been more tightly integrated with Compuware APM for Mainframe and the company's other Developer Productivity solutions, “dramatically improving the way teams collaborate when resolving application exceptions and performance problems.”

Manery said the Workbench's “deeper integration with Compuware APM for Mainframe and other Developer Productivity solution components helps IT break down the barriers between development, QA and operations teams. New capabilities enable the automated capture of detailed information about application problems so development can more quickly re-create the issue, debug the code and ultimately fix the problem.”

Commenting further, Manery said that IT teams “face a number of external and internal pressures to deliver quality multi-platform applications under budget and ahead of schedule.”

“That's a tall order, given today's complex and dynamic IT environment. By further innovating the Compuware Workbench and integrating it with our application performance management solution and our other Developer Productivity solution components, we are taking developer productivity to the next level, enabling more team-to-team collaboration and higher levels of developer proficiency to meet business and end-user demands."

Manery said developers at all experience levels will benefit from the following enhancements to the Workbench:

•    More powerful search and edit capabilities. Compuware has strengthened the Workbench with extensive File-AID search and edit capabilities, significantly reducing the time developers spend finding and editing data

•    File-AID Search. Users can now perform sophisticated data queries and searches across multiple files using selection criteria

•    File-AID Data Editor. New functionality includes:
    -   Enhanced "find and replace" within an edit session, with complex Boolean search criteria and multiple field format support.
    -   Segmented record support, providing formatted segment edit capabilities, including insertion of new segments.
    -   Occurs Depending On (ODO) support, also providing formatted segment edit capabilities.
    -   3-line vertical hex that simplifies editing with hex aware cursor advancement

•    z/OS Unix File Support. File-AID Data Editor now supports browse and edit of files on z/OS UNIX

•     Time-saving Copybook support. TheSlickEdit source code editor, which brings intelligent source code editing to the Workbench, now includes support for mainframe based copybook libraries. This addition gives developers and technicians the ability to better leverage the predictive variable name type-ahead feature by specifying mainframe copybook libraries to be referenced for variable field definitions during an editing session

•    More flexibility when debugging programs. Xpediter/Eclipse now includes cross-LPAR support, which removes the requirement for Xpediter/Eclipse workstation to be directly connected to the LPAR where the program being tested is executing

•    Code Coverage. The sophisticated code coverage reporting capabilities of Xpediter Code Coverage have now been implemented in a new perspective in the Workbench. The graphical interface of the Workbench enables even non-technical users to create reports detailing testing efficiency and risk metrics for COBOL, PL/I, and High Level Assembler programs.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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