Release Notes

Xpediter/CICS 9.4

October 21, 2016

Latest Release Notes

The Industry Leader for Maintaining Reliable, High Quality CICS Applications

What’s New in Release 9.4

Software and Hardware Requirements

Technical Notes

Known Issues

Support Resources


Latest Release Notes

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The Industry Leader for Maintaining Reliable, High Quality CICS Applications

Xpediter/CICS is the premier product choice for interactive, source-level testing of COBOL, Assembler, C, and PL/I programs. With Xpediter/CICS you can interactively analyze and test at the source code level to understand how programs process data and logic. Programmers can even see the potential impact of program logic changes before any changes are made. Xpediter automates the testing and debugging process within the development life cycle, so your applications move quickly into production--and stay there.

Users drive Xpediter/CICS sessions either through the classic character-based 3270 screens, or through the modernized Eclipse graphical user interface provided by Xpediter/Eclipse. Xpediter/Eclipse is provided at no charge and supports a large subset of Xpediter/CICS functionality.


What’s New in Release 9.4

Compuware is pleased to announce Xpediter/CICS Release 9.4, with these new features:

July 26, 2016

Xpediter/CICS Release 9.4 now includes support for IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V6.1 (with PTF XD*O094).

October 1, 2015
Currency

Xpediter/CICS now supports the new ARCH(10) Opcodes for producing Enterprise COBOL and PL/I code that uses instructions available on the 2827-xxxx (IBM zEnterprise EC12) models in z/Architecture mode.

Xpediter/CICS Quick Configuration Guide

The new Xpediter/CICS Quick Configuration Guide provides the basic required steps to configure, start, access, and test Xpediter at your site. This document is available on the Xpediter/CICS product documentation site at Compuware GO/FrontLine .

July 1, 2015
Progressive and Classic Releases

Compuware is introducing a new release numbering system and will now offer two concurrent types of General Availability release: Classic and Progressive.

  Progressive releases provide the latest functionality and have a permanent release number, for example 17.02.00, where the first two digits are the upcoming year and the second two digits are the quarter of initial release. Licensees who choose Progressive releases acknowledge that their cumulative maintenance, which includes defect fixes and currency updates, may also require them to accept new functionality or reinstall with possible changes to the end-user experience.

  On January 1 of each year, the prior year’s Progressive release is transitioned to become that year’s Classic release. Cumulative maintenance on Classic releases will include currency updates and bug fixes, but will not introduce new functionality.

Although Progressive releases are generally backward-compatible with Classic releases of related products, new Progressive release functionality may require a related product to also be a Progressive release.

COBOL OPT(n) Indicator

OPT is displayed at the top of Xpediter screens for any program compiled with some level of optimization or inlining. For optimized COBOL 5.1 and above programs, OPT(n) is displayed, where n is the level of optimization. For optimized C programs, either OPT or OPT(n) is displayed, depending on the level of optimization.

Support for New IBM z13 Mainframe

Xpediter/CICS operates on the latest IBM z Systems hardware.

Currency and Defect Fixes
November 7, 2014
Xpediter/Eclipse API Enhancements

Users can now add “watches” on variables without first having to find the referenced name.

Installation Verification Program Enhanced to Detect and Report Additional Installation Problems
Currency

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1.1

  IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.2


Xpediter/CICS Maintenance Support

Compuware is committed to actively supporting its current product releases. Up-to-date product release support and retirement information is available on Compuware’s FrontLine Support - Product Currency Tables page.


Software and Hardware Requirements

The Software and Hardware Requirements section of the release notes has been standardized across all Compuware Mainframe products and their Distributed components. Please note that any versions of third-party software that are no longer supported by their vendors under standard published contracts have been removed from the Software and Hardware Requirements section and placed in the Discontinued Support section of the release notes. However, any third-party software that was supported when this Compuware product went GA will continue to be supported until this product release has reached its End of Support date. No functionality has been removed from the product.

For further information about IBM System z software and hardware compatibility--specifically regarding IBM's z/OS Recommended Service Upgrade, IBM's Extended Address Volumes, IBM DB2 for z/OS, and z/OS product compatibility--refer to http://frontline.compuware.com/charts/hardware.aspx .

Hardware Platforms

  Mainframe Systems:

-- z13

-- zEC12, zBC12

-- z196, z114

-- z10-EC/BC

-- z9-EC/BC

-- z900, z990

-- z800, z890

Operating Systems

  IBM z/OS V1.12, 1.13, 2.1, 2.2

  IBM ISPF for the supported z/OS releases

Major Subsystems

  IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2

  IBM DB2 for z/OS V9.1, 10.1, 11.1, 12.1

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V11.1, 12.1, 13.1

  IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS V7.0.1, 7.1

Languages (under IBM Language Environment for supported z/OS releases and in compatibility mode)

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V3.4, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 (with PTF XD*O094)

  IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS V3.9, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

  IBM XL C/C++ for supported z/OS releases

Non-LE Languages

  IBM High Level Assembler for z/OS, z/VM, and z/VSE V1.6

Corequisites

  Compuware Products and Components:

-- Compuware Shared Services 9.0

-- License Management System 4.0

Xpediter/CICS requires no modifications to CICS control programs. Installation requires updating CICS resources in the same manner as any CICS application package.

Xpediter/CICS cannot be used to debug executable modules that reside in CA Technologies CA-Panexec® libraries.

Discontinued Support

Release 9.4 is the last release to support the following:

  IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V3.1, 3.2

  IBM z/OS V1.12

  IBM DB2 for z/OS V9.1

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V11.1


Technical Notes

A currently supported release of either Compuware Workbench, Topaz, or Topaz Workbench is required for Xpediter/Eclipse testing in a CICS region running on a different LPAR from the one running the Host Communication Interface (HCI) task to which the Workbench is connected.


Known Issues

Xpediter transaction XPOF may fail in CICS TS 5.1 or above, if Omegamon or CA-ENF are in use. For Omegamon, see APAR OA42454 for more information. For CA-ENF, obtain fix RO66173 for release 14.0 or fix RO66175 for release 14.1.


Support Resources
Compuware GO Support Website

Access online technical support for Compuware products via our Compuware GO (FrontLine) support website. View or download documentation, frequently asked questions, and product fixes, or directly e-mail Compuware with questions or comments. To access Compuware GO, you must first register and obtain a password at http://go.compuware.com .

Online Documentation

Documentation for this product is provided in the following electronic formats:

  PDF files: Portable Document Format (PDF) files can be accessed from the Compuware GO support website, and are provided on the installation media (if ordered). They can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader, available at http://www.adobe.com . If you encounter a problem opening a PDF, you may be using an unsupported version of the Adobe Reader. Access the Adobe website and download the most current version.

  HTML files: This version of the documentation can be accessed from the Compuware GO support website and viewed with any standard Web browser.

World Wide Web

Compuware’s site on the World Wide Web provides information about Compuware and its products. The address is http://www.compuware.com .


Contacting Compuware Customer Support

At Compuware, we strive to make our products and documentation the best in the industry. Feedback from our customers helps us to maintain our quality standards.

Questions about any Xpediter product or comments on this document should be directed to:

Xpediter/CICS Customer Support
Compuware Corporation
One Campus Martius
Detroit, MI 48226-5099
1-800-538-7822

Outside the USA and Canada, please contact your local Compuware office or agent.

If problems occur, consult your manual or the Xpediter/CICS technical support representative at your site.

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