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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.
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 .
• 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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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 .
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