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WDSCI and Windows 7 not compatible?
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Posted by: bobcozzi
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Chicagoland
Comment on: WDSCI and Windows 7 not compatible?
Posted: 6 years 2 months 9 days 30 minutes ago

What is WDSCi? I use RDp isn't that what you should be using by now?

Posted by: Paulster
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Sweden and The Netherlands
Comment on: WDSCI and Windows 7 not compatible?
Posted: 6 years 2 months 8 days 18 hours 20 minutes ago
Edited: Wed, 14 Dec, 2011 at 00:05:31 (2258 days ago)

Indeed, RDp would be the way to go.


Unfortunately, it is not completely free of charge as is (was) WDSC. And where RDp is a step up from WDSC but WDSC is quite some steps up compared to the old green-screen-thingy, now what was it called again?   :o)

Anyway, I use both on different sites depending on the customer's budget.

 

Happy RPG-ing,
Paulster

 

BTW:
Just got an 'upgraded' PC but still with XP (major bummer...) and with WDSC so I wouldn't know about running WDSC under W7.

Posted by: chrisp
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Portland, OR
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Posted: 6 years 2 months 8 days 7 hours 3 minutes ago

Ok, apparently I'm behind the times....Undecided Where is RDp and how do we go about getting it? 

Posted by: DaleB
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Reading, PA
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Posted: 6 years 2 months 8 days 6 hours 39 minutes ago

Rational Developer for Power (dot dot dot). There are several flavors, depending on what you want to do. Came out with i 6.1, I think. It's the next generation of WDSCi, but no longer free; pricing is by developer seat.

See http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/i/rational/index.html

The licenses were on a separate CD. We installed them on each developer's workstation, to make remote development easier. There's also a way to manage them on a shared directory somewhere, which would need to be available when you start RDP. I'll theorize that drive mapped via VPN should work.

I was supporting a green screen app (JWalk was involved, but still green screen development), so we used the RPG and COBOL version, which I think is now Rational Developer for Power Systems Software.

Old WDSCi workspace was upgraded automatically and cleanly. I recommend making a backup first (just copy or ZIP the entire directory structure).

CODE is gone, but the only thing I used it for was the screen designer. RDP has a beta for a new screen designer (SDA replacement), which I wasn't entirely thrilled with, but that's just my opinion. Wasn't too bad for maintenance, but if I had to create a new screen, I usually did it in SDA. Possibly this may just be a matter of familiarization and comfort level.

Posted by: DaleB
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Reading, PA
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Posted: 6 years 2 months 8 days 4 hours 22 minutes ago

Back to the original question, WDSCi end of support date was April 30, 2010. You're living on borrowed time. From what I see, WDSCi was supported for for XP, but not Windows 7.

For RDP, Windows 7 is supported on Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions, 32-bit or 64-bit.

Posted by: Viking
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Posted: 6 years 2 months 8 days 4 hours 21 minutes ago
Edited: Wed, 14 Dec, 2011 at 14:05:58 (2258 days ago)

The new RDP has the screen designer and I don't think it's a "technology preview" anymore, as well as a report designer.  RDP is also faster and slimmer than WDSC.

I used WDSC when I was on v5r4 and Windows XP and loved it.  But I don't think it goes beyond v5r4.  That is, I think it will run, but it won't recognize all the nifty new stuff in i6.1 so it will think you have syntax errors, etc.

Now I'm on i6.1 and Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and use RDP and love it.  It's true that it costs money (it cost me about $800 per developer), but it's worth it.  Besides, you won't really have a choice soon since not even SEU will recognize new syntax starting with 7.1 I believe.

RDP is the way to develop in RPG, IMO.  Contact your IBM business partner and tell them you want it.  Mine is on my IBM Passport Advantage.

Posted by: chrisp
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Portland, OR
Comment on: WDSCI and Windows 7 not compatible?
Posted: 6 years 2 months 8 days 3 hours 45 minutes ago

Thanks for the input, everyone. I will definitely contact our  IBM business partner and get it ASAP. Of course, after management approves the purchase. Wink

Posted by: bobcozzi
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Chicagoland
Comment on: WDSCI and Windows 7 not compatible?
Posted: 6 years 2 months 8 days 3 hours 32 minutes ago

As Viking said, its about $800 plus annual maintenance fees. So far they've only added some bug fixes and nothing new for the 2 years of maintenance fees I've paid them.

The screen designer is complicated to use, but nicer than SDA by a longshot.

Mostly its lacks of someone who actually writes for AS/400 (I mean IBM i on POWER) for a living contributing design feedback, but in v8.0.3 it actually started working, which is great considering how crappy it was until release 8.

Posted by: jsr
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Posted: 6 years 2 months 1 days 3 hours 42 minutes ago
Edited: Wed, 21 Dec, 2011 at 14:42:38 (2251 days ago)

Hi Chris,

Meanwhile, you can use the "unsupported" workaround for WDSC & windows 7. Here's the link to it:  http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas1d8897a08c73f4f1986257700004a492d

I've used it for a while but had issued retrieving SQLRPGLE modules compilation errors. This had been resolved with RDp.

Cheers.