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RDp is once again RDi
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IBM i Rational Developer for i v9.0 Published by: Bob Cozzi on 26 Apr 2013 view comments(3)

RDp is now RDi v9.0

IBM has announced Rational Developer for i v9.0 the previous names included:

  • CODE/400
  • WDSC
  • WDSc
  • Rational Developer for i (or RDi)
  • Rational Developer for POWER (or RDp)

The new name is now, once again, RDi and comes with several new features. From the IBM charts, those features are:

  • Tighter Worklight Integration (for mobile apps)
  • Streamlined Host Communications (better speed)
  • Bug fixes and enhancements

Ok, so I added the "bug fixes and enhancements" to that short list because it would just be a "so what" with out. Tongue Out

Basically, what I've heard is that they've improved the speed and (hopefully) the reliability of the product. In addition, they've added more PC-side functionality that doesn't require going up to the host for things like the field outliner.

One feature that I'm excited to see in practice, is the Auto-Complete-Helper box. This is that little yellow window that pops up when you type in a built-in function. It has been extended to user-written functions. For example, if you have COZTOOLS in your apps, you can type in:

SndMsgID( );

It will display the parameter list for that function as you type.

Beyond the Name change a handful of subtle features, not much seems to have changed for the RPG developer.

COZZI Has Spoken, NOT

After being briefed on the features, I said, "You know why people don't move to RDp, I mean RDi?  Because its too darn hard to use."

Then I went on to explain that IBM tends to make up new terms for world-wide standard names, Such as TOOLS->OPTIONS or File->Preferences.

In (for example) Visual Studio, I know that TOOLS->OPTIONS will bring up Preferences, and on Mac OS X, the Preferences menu option (under the App menu Icon) will bring up Preferences there. I know the flow in RDp to do that, but I could never answer the following question if someone were to ask: "How do I change the color of the opcodes for RPGIV in RDp?" I could fumble through it, but not "know it". This is how it is for everything in RDp today.

People don't intuitively know how to do simple things with it, like how to change the horrible default Font Colors in RPG, or to simply force the Host Server Member List to "Stick" once they've purposely closed it. Sure you can do this stuff, but we now live in a world-wide web world, not an IBM world, so the terms and process should be either the same as or better than what has been in place for decades. Not buried 3 to 10 levels deep in menus that have terms nobody has ever used in their lives.

They said "Huh, we never thought of that, we're just Engineers. We'll look at that."

And I was happy to see them writing things down. So maybe v9.5 will be even better?


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Posted by: avrSteve
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Posted: 3 years 10 months 7 days 3 hours 31 minutes ago


Speaking of not being able to find anything, how do you turn on the 'auto completete helper' box?

Posted by: neilrh
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Comment on: RDp is once again RDi
Posted: 3 years 10 months 2 hours 16 minutes ago


I liked the Java error when I loaded one of our largest legacy programs and tried to edit it. Went back to RDp 8.? at least that works, even if it is slower.

Posted by: bobcozzi
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Posted: 3 years 9 months 30 days 20 hours 56 minutes ago

I believe holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the Spacebar shows the autocomplete but from my experience, it does not work well compared to regular software.