For the most current version of these Release Notes , go to Compuware GO , Compuware’s technical support Web site. The first time you access Compuware GO, you are required to register and obtain a password. After logging onto Compuware GO, select your product from the drop-down list and click Go. On the left side of the page, click the Documentation link. You will find the latest Release Notes listed with the other product documentation.
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.
• 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.
Refer to the Technical Notes section for important related information.
A new Production Global Table Parameter has been added (FORCEOK) to enable installers to configure Xpediter/CICS to allow or disallow users from using the FORCE parameter with the Xpediter/CICS termination transaction XPOF.
New Xpediter Global Table parameters allow the installer to implement a timeout feature that will terminate inactive Xpediter/CICS debugging sessions. Sessions that have had no activity within the timeout interval specified by the installer will be terminated.
Compuware Source Support Best Practices recommend that Source Shared Directories (SSD) be paired with each load library and the SSD dataset name match the load library name with either the name of the load library’s last qualifier changed to SSD, or SSD appended to the load library’s name. If this practice is followed, Xpediter now automatically derives the SSD name for each listing based on the program’s load library name.
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
• To enable IBM Password Phrase Authentication for z/OS when connecting via Topaz Workbench, see the step entitled “Install and Customize for Xpediter/Eclipse” in the Xpediter/CICS Installation and Configuration Guide and follow the instructions there. In Figure 3-10, parameter MSGLEN is shown set to 61. To use Password Phrase Authentication, set MSGLEN to 512.
• 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.
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.
The product installation package does not include the product documentation. The following Xpediter/CICS documentation is available in electronic format on the product documentation site at Compuware’s FrontLine customer support website, https://go.compuware.com .
Access the Xpediter/CICS documentation on the FrontLine documentation site at https://go.compuware.com .
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Compuware creates a PDX file for each release of every mainframe product. The file is available in ZIP format on FrontLine, Compuware’s customer support website, along with this README and a folder containing two data files. By pre-cataloging the content of the product’s PDFs, the PDX file allows you to quickly search across the entire documentation set without having to search each PDF individually.
1. Go to FrontLine ( https://go.compuware.com ) and navigate to the Documentation page for the desired product.
Your search results will appear almost instantly, grouped by document. Each document with results can be expanded to show a list of matches, with each match including a brief sample of the context in which it occurred. Every match is hyperlinked to the specific page in the PDF where it was found, enabling you to quickly locate the information you’re looking for.
For your convenience, Compuware also provides the Xpediter/CICS manuals in the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format. View HTML files with any standard web browser. Click the icon in the HTML column on the selected FrontLine Documentation page.
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