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IDz Hidden Gems – LPEX Line Mod Annotations

May 23rd, 2022 Jon Sayles When you make code changes to files – typically COBOL, JCL, or PL/I program source, IDz marks the changed line(s) with light-gray rectangles in the left  Annotations/frame area of your editor pane (See Figure 1). This Annotations area is a white vertical bar immediately to the left of the Prefix Area. Note also that the…

IDz Hidden Gems – the Benefits of Bookmarks

May 16th, 2022 Jon Sayles Not everyone pounds code 8, 10, 12 hours/day – at least not all the time. And when you’re not typing you’re thinking/analyzing – and when you’re studying COBOL or PL/I (or Assembler) applications there will be occasions aplenty where you’re on the hunt for something – and need (momentarily) to go somewhere else -be it…

Setup for IDz Rollout Success

May 2nd, 2022 Jon Sayles High level steps The stages in a successful IBM Developer for z/OS Rollout traditionally consist of the following steps: Product work (both server and client):InstallationCustomization and integration:ServerClient tooling:WorkspaceConnectionsPreferencesProperty Groupsz/OS File MappingMenu ManagerSnippets/TemplatesCode ReviewTestingFunctionPerformance (stress testing)SCM integration:ProductsProcessesTraining – if migratingDeveloper environment transition:Critical CLIST and REXX access from IDzTraining based on customizationClient toolingMenu Manager (shop specific CLIST…

How do I import a GoDaddy SSL Cert into an IBM HTTP Server keystore?

November 8th, 2021 Kenny Smith When you get a new SSL certificate from GoDaddy, you likely will a zip file that includes multiple CRT files and a PEM file. These are the raw Certificate Request, GoDaddy root CA and intermediate CA certs, as well as the private key for the actual certificate. WHen using Apache, you typically would use the…

How healthy is your z/OS on zD&T? (How to monitor z/OS Health)

April 14th, 2021 Kenny Smith A good systems programmer should generally know how to monitor the health of his or her z/OS system. However, if you're using z/OS Development and Test (ZD&T), you're likely a developer with only the basic skills. Fortunately, the product comes with Health Checker for z/OS, and it should be configured to run out of the…

How to enable licensing in IBM Developer for z/OS and ADFz

April 5th, 2021 Kenny Smith Overview IDz is offered in three different packaging options. Overall, its the exact same client, but the licensing differs considerably. First, let's discuss how these packages flesh out: IBM Developer for z/OS This is the "base" edition, and is common for smaller companies (well, smaller compared to say a global bank). It includes editing, analysis…

Make z/OS debugging easier with the IBM Debugger Profile Service

March 1st, 2021 Kenny Smith A debugger profile is a type of configuration that allows a developer to debug a program under certain conditions. There are two debugger profiles types: non-CICS, and CICS. For CICS, it is a DTCN profile. Many developers have used the DTCN transaction for years to setup a debugging session between IDz, and the debugger once…

Make Your z/OS Deployments Failproof With Urbancode Agent Pools

December 3rd, 2020 Kenny Smith If you're using UCD in a large z/OS mainframe environment, and want to take advantage of agent pools, there are some "gotchas" you need to be aware of. What are agent pools? An agent pool is a group of Urbancode started tasks (BUZAGNT) running on more than one z/OS LPAR. These agents respond to deployment…

Copy an application process in UCD quickly from one project to another

September 28th, 2020 Kenny Smith Here's the scenario: You've got an application process in one project area for IBM Urbancode Deploy. Its taken time to develop, and you've spent many hours debugging it. Then you realize you don't have a "copy" feature for an application process. Ooops. Now you're worried you've got to hand build the process in other project…
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