Release Notes

Topaz Workbench 19.02

October 1, 2018

What’s New in Release 19.02

Topaz Workbench provides an Eclipse-based IDE to streamline mainframe application development with System z software. Its intuitive and easy-to-use interface provides the essentials of modern mainframe application development, testing, and maintenance powered by Compuware Abend-AID, File-AID, Hiperstation, Xpediter, and Strobe.

The Topaz Workbench media is composed of Topaz Workbench, a branded Eclipse Rich Client Platform application that includes the Compuware z/OS Product Plug-ins. Topaz Workbench plug-ins are also made available on the Topaz Workbench media for installation into Eclipse and IBM RDz/IDz environments.

Release 19.02 includes the following enhancements:
October 1, 2018

Topaz Workbench has been enhanced as follows:

Host Explorer

  JES Explorer now by default lists the referenced DDs based on the DSID, the same order as SDSF.

  Online Projects enhancements:

-- Online projects have been enhanced to include capabilities currently available within Host Explorer right-click options such as compare, submit, and submit compile.

-- Searching is now allowed at the online project folder level.

-- Context menus have been cleaned up for consistency and to follow standard UI guidelines.

-- Icons have been updated to indicate if an entire PDS/PDSe library was added to a project or a subset of members from that library.

-- The icons have also been updated to indicate if the entry is a link (as to an existing mainframe asset) or is a local file.

Topaz for Enterprise Data

  Data Privacy now includes Encryption Sets which allow users to limit the characters used as replacements during encryption rule actions. A new function was added to Administration to define the Encryption Set.

  File-AID/EX has been changed to eliminate the use of the Windows Registry; existing values will be automatically migrated to configuration files.

Topaz for Program Analysis

Performance for Project Hierarchy has been improved by only analyzing referenced copybook members.

Topaz for Total Test

Ability to edit the DB2 structure length in a stub without recapturing the test case.

ISPW Eclipse

  Ability to copy values to the clipboard from Tasks View and Error Logs View.

  Ability to select a selective deploy environment when using the fast path operations (Promote/Deploy/Fallback/Regress).

June 28, 2018

Topaz Workbench has been enhanced as follows:

Topaz Workbench

  Topaz Workbench has been updated to be based off Eclipse Neon. Please check the Installation Guide 's “Task 1.1 Verify System Requirements” section for corequisite software requirements.

  JES Explorer has been updated to have a more intuitive user experience.

-- The view now has three panels, including a collapsible dialog on the left for entering search criteria. The middle panel will show the jobs in the queue, and the right side will show the DDs for the selected job. A filtering capability has been added for the jobs that appear in the middle panel as well as the total number of records for the selected jobs DDs.

-- Additionally, JES Explorer has the ability perform Hold and Release actions on jobs in the queue.

  Online Projects functionality has been significantly enhanced.

-- Online projects now allow the user to easily organize assets into user-defined folders as well as add mainframe data assets (MVS, IMS, and DB2) to the project in addition to source code and JCL.

-- Online projects now support submit/debug and Search via File-AID and Host Explorer search.

-- Additionally, DIFFZilla has been added as a compare option for comparing source code. DIFFZilla allows columns to be ignored in the comparison, which can be useful when source code line numbers are part of columns 0-7 or 72-80.

  Host connections are now specified in the user interface throughout Topaz by the description vs. the host:port.

  The locate functionality in the Host Explorer Content view has been replaced with a Find capability that will filter the members displayed based off members that match the filter.

  Xpediter/Eclipse will now default the showing of the Xpediter log file to off when creating a new Xpediter debug profile.

   '.COPY' has been added to the Dataset Extension Mapping Definitions for the .cpy extension.

  Changed the default browser setting in Eclipse to use the External Browser setting.

Topaz for Enterprise Data

  Data Privacy Rule tree display will now include the names of translate tables and composites used within the rule.

  Search and Replace were added to the right-click menu of the Data Privacy Rule Editor.

  Security improvements were made to File-AID/EX to provide secure socket communication and password encryption. A utility was added to generate key stores and trust stores for securing communication.

  Execution of System Commands from within File-AID/EX specifications will be blocked. A new Execution Server option must be set to permit System Commands to execute.

  The Data View within File-AID/EX Homebase has been dropped; Host Explorer provides the ability to list database tables.

  The File-AID/EX installation instructions and the File-AID Data Privacy Configuration Guide are now part of the Topaz Enterprise Data Installation and Configuration Guide . A section on “Good Practices” for security has been added to this guide.

  File-AID/EX fixes have been applied to the jtds driver installed with the product.

Topaz for Program Analysis

The Program Structure view now persists the setting for the Node Text which controls the text displayed in each node in the chart.


  Improved File-AID DB2 editors messaging when no rows are selected.

  Added the Data Source Explorer view to the File-AID Data Editor perspective.

Topaz for Total Test

  IMS MPP Program support.

  User-defined Static and Dynamic structure Redefinition.

ISPW Eclipse

  Performance Improvements.

  Improved the Workflow--Fast Path and Advanced.

-- Made a fast path to quickly Generate, Promote, Deploy, Regress, and Fallback.

-- Advanced options for scheduling and modify processing. You can now schedule Regress and Fallback processing.

  New APIs for your DevOps tool chain.

-- Assignment and Release Operations: Cancel, Close.

-- Set Operations: Restart, Terminate and Approve, Deny, Reset.

  Topaz CLI for ISPW now supports downloading of specific Set, Assignment, or Release containers as well as downloading of changes (instead of complete download) on subsequent runs of the downloading process.

April 2, 2018

Topaz Workbench has been enhanced as follows:

Topaz Workbench

Topaz Workbench icons have been updated to reflect new product branding.

Topaz for Enterprise Data

  Import and Export functionality has been added for Execution Suites. Each File-AID/EX specification contained within the suite will be exported with an extension specific to the type of specification. The suite can be exported as XML or Batch; the batch option will include the batch execution script.

  Import and SaveAs functionality will identify if any of the objects within the import already exist and will allow the User to select which objects are to be overwritten.

  A new Log Viewer is now available for viewing the results of running an Execution Suite; this new view will display the logs from each of the specifications within the suite in a nicely indented format.

  Existing ConverterPro Sets and ComparePro Sets will be opened and saved as Execution Suites when they are edited in this release.


Now provides the ability to use the Eclipse Data Tools capability to connect to DB2 for z/OS using the Compuware connection to complete the requests through File-AID for DB2. This reuses the same, safe connection that is currently used in Topaz to edit and browse DB2 tables. With this new capability, you can perform certain Data Tools functions, such as building and executing SQL statements. (Requires File-AID for DB2 17.02.00 with an API level of 18.03.01 or later.)

Topaz for Total Test

  Stubbing an IMS program.

  Stubbing stored procedures called in a COBOL program.

  Support for programs using Occurs Depending On.

  Program entry assertion on sub-program calls.

  Update test case when record structure field length is changed.

  Ability to redefine an element to a different structure in a stub.

ISPW Eclipse

  Generate can now be performed while task is open for edit.

  Users now have the ability to view Container Impact Messages.

  Data in Generate Impacts View can now be exported to a CSV.

  Copy to Workstation now defaults to the path of the Topaz Workbench workspace.

  The ISPW Life Cycle View will now show all paths in logical order without overlapping promotion lines.

  Components Versions View now has a right click option to view Generated Listings.

  Latest Maintenance and Performance Improvements.

Software and Hardware Requirements

The Software and Hardware Requirements can be found in the Topaz Workbench Installation and Configuration Guide.

Technical Notes

Topaz for Total Test

  A 64-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is required for the Topaz for Total Test Command Line Interface (CLI).

  Topaz for Total Test does not support KSDS READ NEXT using alternate key for which duplicates are allowed when there are duplicates and they are not ordered in prime key order.

  Generating Topaz for Total Test unit test cases for very large programs may require increasing the memory allocated to Topaz Workbench. To do this edit the topaz.ini file in your installation directory of Topaz Workbench (by default the path is C:\Program Files\Compuware\Topaz Workbench\eclipse):

Find the entries:


Change them to:


This change doubles the amount of memory available to the Topaz Workbench and Topaz for Total Test.

Save the topaz.ini file and restart Topaz Workbench.


When installing the File-AID/Eclipse feature into Eclipse-based IDEs, the following update sites must also be included and enabled:

  For Neon - and

  For Oxygen - and

If installing the File-AID/Eclipse feature into IBM IDz 14.1 releases, additional setup must be performed. Please review “Task 2.2.2 Install Topaz Workbench Features into Eclipse or an IBM IDE” in the Topaz Workbench Installation Guide .

Supported DB2 and IMS Releases


-- V11 CM, NFM

-- V12 (Refer to File-AID for DB2 for further support details)


-- IMSV12.1

-- IMSV13.1

-- IMSV14.1 (Refer to File-AID for IMS for further support details)

Supported Distributed RDBMS Platforms

  Oracle Database 11g, 12c

  DB2 for LUW V9.5, V9.7, V10.1, V10.5

  Sybase 15

  MS SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2012

Program Analysis

Supported COBOL, PL/I, DB2, and IMS Releases

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS:

-- V4.2

-- V5.1

-- V5.2

-- V6.1

-- V6.2

  Toleration of all supported GA versions of:

-- IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS

-- IBM DB2 for z/OS

-- IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS

-- IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers.

ISPW Installation in Eclipse or RDz/IDz Environments

For the ISPW plug-in to be fully functional in an Eclipse or IBM RDz/IDz environment, be sure to select Host Explorer and SlickEdit (optional, for copybook support) for installation along with ISPW.

Running Topaz Workbench in 32-bit mode on a 64-bit OS

If you wish to run a new installation of Topaz Workbench as 32-bit in a 64-bit environment, run the Install32on64.bat file, which launches an installer containing an option to install as 32-bit on 64-bit. The batch file is located in the same folder on the Media Browser disk image as the setup.exe file.

VIPA Networks

A minimum of HCI 3.0 is required for VIPA networks.

Host Explorer and SlickEdit Licensing

Use of Host Explorer and SlickEdit will require a valid Compuware Mainframe License (any product) on any LPAR serving Host Explorer connections. The HCI hosting these communications must have access to Compuware’s License Manager. If there is any licensed Compuware mainframe product running on an LPAR where HCI is executing, no further effort is necessary.


Compuware Shared Services Enhanced Listings

Xpediter/Eclipse does not support Compuware Shared Services (CSS) enhanced listings. For information on enhanced listings, refer to the Compuware Shared Services documentation.

Xpediter/Eclipse requires a direct connection to an LPAR with a working version of Xpediter/CICS, Xpediter/TSO, and/or Xpediter/IMS on any LPAR where Xpediter debugging sessions are to execute.

Audit Preference

By default, the Enable auditing preference is turned on, and an audit file is created on the mainframe. Be aware that when auditing is enabled, the FORCE option on the Concurrent Update view does not work because it would negate the audit.


  The Hiperstation/Eclipse feature is not compatible with the Eclipse Oxygen 4.7 release. This will be corrected with later maintenance.

  Security for the Hiperstation for WebSphere MQ product is now checked not only when the product is started, but also whenever a Restart command for a global recording request is issued. If security has changed for the request owner or rules have been changed, requests that ran before may no longer run.

  Only single-byte characters are supported on code page 939.

Configuring Eclipse Memory Settings

Java OutOfMemory errors may occur when editing a large file or displaying a large JES report. These errors can often be avoided by increasing the maximum size of the JVM memory heap. The initialization files in Topaz Workbench or Eclipse (topaz.ini or eclipse.ini) include an Xmx parameter (default 512m or 1024m) used to specify the maximum heap size. The optimum value for this parameter varies depending on the OS used, memory fragmentation, and other factors.

On 32-bit Windows, the theoretical heap size is limited to 2GB due to how Windows allocates memory, but this is reduced by many factors. Generally, the stated maximum is 1536m, while a commonly stated max range is 1200m to 1500m. The optimal setting for a particular installation--with no OutOfMemory errors or noticeable garbage collection pauses--can only be determined by experimenting with different values. Compuware recommends increasing the Xmx value to 1200m as a starting point and increasing or decreasing the value in small increments, such as 512m, until an optimum value is found. However, even with a setting of 1536m, large JES output can easily exceed that value. The only practical solution in such situations is to install the products on a 64-bit OS.

On 64-bit Windows operating systems, heap size is limited by your Windows virtual memory specification, minus a small amount of memory used by the OS and other processes. Specifying 4GB or more for the Xmx parameter can be practical depending on the Windows virtual memory size.

Known Issues

Viewing Exported Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Files

When exporting an image from Program Analysis or Visualizer, if the View document after export checkbox is selected, *.png is selected from the Save as type dropdown list, and the default application associated with .png files is Microsoft Paint, the exported image cannot be opened automatically. Browse to the export location and open the file manually.

Overlaid Error and Warning Marks in Overview Ruler

When using Program Analysis, markers for Information items can potentially overlay and obscure Error and Warning markers in the SlickEdit Overview Ruler. The suggested workaround is to deselect the Overview Ruler for Information items, leaving Errors and Warnings displayed without being overlaid.

Potential for Missing Menus and Toolbars

The topaz.ini file sets the osgi.instance.area.default to the @user.home location, which is typically mapped to a local drive or absolute path. If the user has their @user.home set to a UNC network path, the toolbars and menus within Topaz Workbench may not appear. To correct the problem, edit the topaz.ini file (default location is Topaz Workbench installation’s eclipse directory), replacing the @user.home location with a local drive or absolute path. If Topaz Workbench has been installed via p2repo into an Eclipse instance, the edit should be done to the eclipse.ini file instead.

Internet Explorer 11 Security Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 Causes Topaz Workbench Failure After Closing the Welcome Page

Microsoft Internet Explorer cumulative security update KB2977629 can cause failure of Eclipse-based products when closing the Welcome page. To resolve this issue, install Microsoft Internet Explorer cumulative security update KB2987107 or uninstall KB2977629.

File-AID Data Editor

Potential Loss of Precision

The potential exists for loss of precision on FLOAT and DOUBLE data types between the mainframe and the File-AID Data Editor user interface. See “Chapter 9. Floating-Point Overview and Support Instructions” in IBM's z/Architecture Principles of Operation (SA22-7832-09) for more information.

Formatting of COMP and COMP-4 COBOL Fields

Picture clauses for COMP and COMP-4 (binary data) field types are not used when displaying the decimal numeric value of these fields. Any implied decimals (V) or implied scaling (P) in the Picture are ignored and not used to display the numeric value of the field. The value displayed is a positive or negative integer.

Unformatted Mode Ruler and Data Alignment

The ruler at the top of unformatted mode is intended to line up with the data below it, but this may not always happen. Although the same fixed-width font is used for both the ruler and the data, certain characters on code pages 930 and 939 are narrower than others, causing the ruler and the data to fail to line up when those characters appear in the data.

The recommended solution is to substitute the narrow characters with red “periods” as currently done for binary data that cannot be translated to characters. Any modifications to those letters and punctuation must be done in the 3-line Hex display option.

Locked Oracle Table Postpones Timeout Error

When saving data to a locked Oracle table, the timeout error does not return after the set timeout period. It does return after the lock has been released.

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