WDSC for RPG Programmers
(Version 7)

Take the first step on IBM's modernization road map.
(WebSphere Development Studio Client)
Step-by-step instruction
with illustrations

NEW RELEASE: WDSC for RPG Programmers (Version 7)

IBM just released version 7 of the premiere IDE for the System i based on the powerful Eclipse framework. With the new version 7 of WDSC IBM jumped forward from the old Eclipse 3.0 style to the brand new Eclipse 3.2 look and feel. Everything from menus to basic toolbar icons changed with the new release, and so we've updated the acclaimed "WDSC for RPG Programmers" course.

Every screen shot has been re-captured!  Where the tool has changed, such as the location of often-used preferences or the new technique for changing variables in debug mode, we've updated the course book to give you detailed instructions to make you immediately productive with version 7. Only WDSC for RPG Programmers (Version 7) is written to get you up and running with the newest version of WDSC.

WDSC for RPG Programmers was developed by Joe Pluta, a leading iSeries author, lecturer and trainer. Joe literally wrote the book on WDSC, and he designed this course specifically to get green screen programmers proficient with this powerful new tool.

Here is what you will learn:

With this new course, you'll learn how to use the features and functions of WDSC to edit and manage your iSeries source code. First, you will connect to your iSeries and see how the Remote System Explorer replaces PDM. You'll then use the LPEX source code editor, a super- charged replacement for SEU. Some of the features in LPEX, such as split-screen editing and code outlining, can dramatically increase your coding productivity.

WDSC is a complete development environment. You'll learn how to compile programs from within WDSC and how to use compile-time features to quickly locate and correct errors in your source code. Finally, you'll get a complete step-by-step exercise of the debugging capabilities of the tool.  WDSC is the only cross-platform debugging tool that handles RPG the same way it handles PC-based languages.  This introductory exercise will teach you the basics of debugging with WDSC: how to set breakpoints, display and even change variables while debugging programs running on your host.

WDSC for RPG Programmers is a step-by-step manual, leading you through all of the options that you need to know about how to use WDSC as a replacement for SEU/PDM. The manual has many illustrations so you can see exactly where the options are, and what you need to do to make them work. Rather than spend hours of frustration trying to get started with WDSC, you can use this course to quickly become productive. In short, at the end of this course you will have gained the skills you need to use WDSC to Modernize, maintain and enhance your existing RPG code. Get started now.

Software and Hardware requirements for deploying WDSC

You need to have the IBM licensed program product (LPP) number 5722WDS on your machine. You will have this if you are at a relatively current version of the operating system (V5R1 or greater) and you have the RPG or COBOL compiler, because since that time the compilers all became bundled. More features are available as you get later releases of the OS for example, service entry points are only available on V5R3 or better.

By far the bigger requirement is your PC; for pure RPG or COBOL development you’ll need a 2GHz processor, about 768MB of RAM, 2GB of free disk space and you should have at a minimum a 7200 RPM drive. Note that most laptops have 5400RPM drives or less; these will work, but will be slower.

Skill Level Requirement: Some experience with computer programming and database. Any RPG programmer with 1 or more years of experience will be able to successfully complete this course. This course is not intended for end-users or for novice programmers.

Completion Time: 8 to 10 hours

Here's just some of the important techniques
you'll learn in the
WDSC for RPG Programmers module

    Chapter 1: Setting Up
    Chapter Goals
    Host Requirements
    Workstation Requirements
    WDSC Requirements
    Installing the Software
    First Things First
    Installing the Software
    Ready to Go!

    Chapter 2: Connecting to the iSeries
    Chapter Goals
    Start WDSC
    Create a New Connection
    Configure Connection Startup
    Option A for Configuring the Connection
    Dynamically Changing your Connection
    Option B for Configuring the Connection

    Chapter 3: Migrating from PDM to RSE and the Table View
    Chapter Goals
    Creating a Library Filter
    A Quick Guide to Using Filters
    Using Filters
    Deleting a Filter
    Creating a Useful Filter
    An Introduction to Standard Actions
    Customizing the Table View
    More on Working with Tables
    Actions Revisited
    User Actions

    Chapter 4: Migrating from SEU to the LPEX Editor
    Chapter Goals
    Invoking the LPEX Editor
    Customizing Your Perspective
    Introducing the LPEX Editor
    Syntax Coloring
    Time to Meet the Program
    What You’re Going to Do
    Basic Editing Capabilities
    Using the Line-Oriented Commands
    Back to Work: Using Your Cursor
    Adding a Subprocedure
    Docking on the Right
    Advanced LPEX Editor Features
    The Outline View
    Split Screen
    Finding Matching Control Structures

    Chapter 5: Compiling Your Program
    Chapter Goals
    Check Your Library List
    Performing a Verify
    Default CRTBNDRPG Execution

    Chapter 6: Debugging, the Final Frontier
    Chapter Goals
    The Setup
    The Way SETENVLIB Used to Work
    What We Want to Accomplish
    Testing the Assumption
    A Little Green Screen Setup
    Getting the Program Rolling
    The Debug Perspective
    Setting a Breakpoint
    Run it Again
    Step by Step, Slowly I Turned
    Changing Program Variables Dynamically
    And That’s It!

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Price : $495 plus S & H