Release Notes

Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS 9.4

October 21, 2016

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What’s New in Release 9.4

Software and Hardware Requirements

Technical Notes

Known Issues

Support Resources

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The Industry Leader for Maintaining Reliable, High Quality Batch and IMS Applications

Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS is the premier product choice for interactive, source-level testing of COBOL, Assembler, C, and PL/I programs. Xpediter provides an easy method for testing and debugging IMS/DC programs as they execute in a message region. Programmers avoid the complexity and limitations associated with debugging in IBM’s BTS (Batch Terminal Simulator).

With Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS, you can interactively analyze and test at the source level to understand how batch 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/TSO and Xpediter/IMS sessions, either through the classic character-based 3270 panels and screens, or through the modernized Eclipse graphical user interface provided by Xpediter/Eclipse. Xpediter/Eclipse is provided at no charge within the Xpediter installation packages and supports a large subset of Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS functionality.

What’s New in Release 9.4

Compuware is pleased to announce Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS Release 9.4, with these new features:

October 1, 2015
Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS Quick Configuration Guide

The new Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS 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/TSO and Xpediter/IMS 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/TSO operates on the latest IBM z Systems hardware.

Currency and Defect Fixes
April 1, 2015
Health Checks

The Health Checks enhancement adds the following Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS health checks to execute under the IBM Health Check for z/OS:

  Multi-Batch Intercept

  DB2 Stored Procedure Intercept

  IMS UserID Intercept

  Breakpoint Type.

The optional installation, configuration, and activation of these routines is accomplished through the use of an HZSPRMxx PARMLIB member. Refer to the Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS Installation and Customization Guide for more information about health checks.

COBOL 5.2 Toleration Support

The following initial maintenance is available to provide toleration support for COBOL 5.2:

  Xpediter/TSO and IMS 09.04.00 (Requires CSS 9.0 PTF CXQ0143 & CXQ0314)

  Xpediter/TSO and IMS 09.03.00 (Requires CSS 9.0 PTF CXQ0143 & CXQ0314)

  Xpediter/TSO and IMS 09.02.00 (Requires CSS 9.0 PTF CXQ0143 & CXQ0314).

January 1, 2015
Single or Limited Iteration Multi-Batch Intercept

This feature adds support for:

  Inactivating a Multi-Batch request

  Activating a previously inactivated Multi-Batch request

  Activating a Multi-Batch request with a limiting iteration count. (The count indicates how many times the request can successfully cause the intercept of a batch job before the request is inactivated.) The count can be a single digit from 1 to 9 inclusive.

COBOL 5.1 Monitor/Reverse Support

Xpediter/TSO’s Monitor/Reverse functionality is now supported with COBOL 5.1.

Xpediter/Code Coverage TDO Functionality Restored for COBOL 5.1 (XV PTF XVC0070)

The Test Data Optimization (TDO) feature in Xpediter/Code Coverage has been restored for COBOL 5.1 with PTF XVC0070.

Support for COBOL 5.1.1

Xpediter/TSO supports source display, breakpoints, data display, dynamic module calls, Code Coverage, and System Flow for IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1.1 (or COBOL 5.1.1). Note that due to changes in the COBOL compiler, multiple verbs coded on the same line can be problematic. Because of this, Code Coverage support for COBOL 5.1 is at the line level. If the “multiple verbs on a line” coding technique is used, Code Coverage statistics--and especially Branch Coverage statistics--will be affected.


Xpediter/TSO now supports the following:

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1.1

Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS 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.

Xpediter/TSO is invoked as an ISPF dialog under TSO or within a batch initiator. Xpediter/IMS DC executes in an IMS-dependent region within your TSO address space or within a batch initiator.

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 .

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

  IBM IMS Batch Terminal Simulator for z/OS V3.1, 4.1

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V11.1, 12.1, 13.1, 14.1

Languages (under IBM Language Environment for supported z/OS releases)

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V3.4, 4.2, 5.1, 5.1.1, 5.2, 6.1 (all in compatibility mode)

  IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS V3.9, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1 (all in compatibility mode)

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

  IBM XL C/C++ for supported z/OS releases. Note: Support is limited to C, not C++.

ISV Software

  CA Datacom/DB 12, 14

  CA IDMS 17.0, 18.0, 18.5


  SAG Adabas 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5



  System 2000




  Compuware Products and Components:

-- Enterprise Common Components (ECC) 16.05.00 1 (or Compuware Shared Services 9.0 and License Management System 4.0) or newer.

1 Compuware Shared Services 16.5 is now part of the Enterprise Common Components 16.5 single install image.

Contact Compuware Customer Support for information on releases not mentioned above.

Discontinued Support

Release 9.4 is the last release to support the following:

  IBM z/OS V1.12

  IBM DB2 for z/OS V9.1

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V11.1

Technical Notes

There are no technical notes at this time.

Known Issues

There are no known issues at this time.

Support Resources
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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 . 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

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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/TSO and Xpediter/IMS Customer Support
Compuware Corporation
One Campus Martius
Detroit, MI 48226-5099

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

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

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