Release Notes

Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS 16.05

October 21, 2016

Latest Release Notes

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

Progressive and Classic Releases

What’s New in Release 16.05

Software and Hardware Requirements

Technical Notes

Known Issues

Support Resources


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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.


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.


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.


What’s New in Release 16.05

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):

January 4, 2016
Installation & Customization
Inactive MPP Debug Timeout

A configuration parameter (CTLMPPTO) has been added which defines the number of minutes an MPP test being debugged in Xpediter can be inactive before it times out.

Features & Functionality
Enhanced SHOW COMPOPTS

The SHOW COMPOPTS command has been enhanced to display additional compilation option information.

Source Support Best Practices Enhancement

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.

Topaz Workbench Runtime Visualization Support

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.

Debugging Multiple IMS Transactions in a Single Xpediter/Eclipse Debugging Session

Xpediter/IMS has been enhanced to provide support for Xpediter/Eclipse to debug multiple IMS transactions from within a single Xpediter/Eclipse debugging session.

Sort Xpediter Profile Entries by Last Modified Date

Xpediter profile entries displayed on the Xpediter profile screen can now be sorted alphabetically or by the last modified date.

Currency

  Support IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS V4.5 Compiler

  IBM z/OS V2.1 Support 8-byte Jobclass

  IBM z/OS V2.1 Support PARMDD keyword allowing 32,760 bytes of parameter data to be provided via a DDNAME

  IBM Information Management System (IMS) V14

  Improved debugging of IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5 Optimized Code.

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
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.

Currency

COBOL 5.2 Toleration Support


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 http://frontline.compuware.com/charts/hardware.aspx .

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

  IBM DFSORT

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

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, 4.5 (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

  Hogan

  SAG Adabas 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5

  SUPRA

  Syncsort

  System 2000

  TIS

  TOTAL

Corequisites

  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.

Discontinued Support

This is the last release to support the following:

  z/OS V1

  IBM IMS Transaction and Database Servers V11.1 and 12.1

  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V3.4

  IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS V3.9, 4.2

  IBM DB2 for z/OS V9.1

  CA IDMS 17.0, 18.0

  SAG Adabas 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6

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


Technical Notes

There are no technical notes at this time.


Known Issues

There are no known issues at this time.


Product Documentation

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 .

  Release Notes in HTML format

  The product manuals in PDF format, which may include a PDX index file and associated folder.

Access the Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS documentation on the FrontLine documentation site at go.compuware.com .

PDF and PDX Files

View and print the PDF files with Adobe Reader version 6.0 or more current. Download a free copy of the reader from Adobe’s website, http://www.adobe.com .

Note: With a few minor exceptions, the provided PDF files comply with the requirements of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

How to Use a PDX File to Search a Compuware Documentation Set

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.

To use the PDX file for a Compuware product:

1. Go to FrontLine (go.compuware.com) and navigate to the Documentation page for the desired product.

2. Download all of the PDF files for that product to the same local directory. (The Compuware Installer PDF is only cataloged in the Enterprise Common Components PDX file.)

3. Download the ZIP containing the product’s index file.

4. Extract the contents of the ZIP, sending it to the same directory as the PDF files. Be sure to select “All files/folders in archive” and “Use folder names.”

5. Double click the product’s PDX file (< product >Index.pdx). A Search dialog box will appear with the index pre-selected.

6. Enter a word or phrase to search for. To optimize your search, select one or more qualifiers such as “Whole words only,” then click Search.

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.

HTML Format

For your convenience, Compuware also provides the Xpediter/TSO and Xpediter/IMS 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.


Support Resources
Compuware GO Support Website

Access online technical support for Compuware products via our Compuware GO (FrontLine) support website. View or download documentation, frequently asked questions, and product fixes, or directly e-mail Compuware with questions or comments. To access Compuware GO, you must first register and obtain a password at http://go.compuware.com .

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 http://www.adobe.com . 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

Compuware’s site on the World Wide Web provides information about Compuware and its products. The address is http://www.compuware.com .


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
1-800-538-7822

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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