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/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.
• 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.
Compuware is pleased to announce the Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS Classic Release 16.05, which includes the following features added during the prior year’s Progressive release increments (where applicable):
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.
Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS added functionality to provide debugging information for the Topaz Workbench Runtime Visualizer, the Compuware Eclipse plugin used to view a dynamic visualization of program and I/O calls presented in the sequence in which they occur.
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 .
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.
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 .
The product installation package does not include the product documentation. The following Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS documentation is available in electronic format on the product documentation site at Compuware’s FrontLine customer support website, http://go.compuware.com .
Access the Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS documentation on the FrontLine documentation site at go.compuware.com .
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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.
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