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Remote System Explorer, The

Remote System Explorer, The

Authors: Don Yantzi, Nazmin Haji
Publisher: MC Press Online
Publication Date: November 2008
Subject: Computer: Applications/Software

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About this title
IBM's WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSC) is the tool of choice for application development on the System i. The Remote System Explorer (RSE) is the most widely used tool within WDSC. The RSE allows developers to use modern application development tools to create and maintain applications in RPG, COBOL, CL and DDS. When used to its fullest, the RSE can make developers more productive and developing applications easier and a lot more fun!

This book focuses exclusively on the Remote System Explorer within WDSC. Covering topics such as getting started, installation, understanding the Workbench, managing your i5/OS objects and members, editing, compiling, debugging and many other features of the RSE, the book will be a complete reference as well as a tutorial. It contains both technical and practical contents including a sample application that is developed throughout the book.
About authors
Don Yantzi
Don Yantzi joined the AS/400 application development tools team in 1998 as a tester for the Java generation capabilities in the VisualAge for RPG compiler. In 2000, he started working on the design and development of the RSE. Since then, Don has held various positions within the team, including technical release lead for WDS and WDSC. Currently, Don is the technical lead for WDSC and Rational Developer for System i. Don is a frequent speaker at System i conferences and user group meetings and has published numerous articles on the RSE.

Nazmin Haji
Nazmin Haji joined IBM in 1988 as a software developer working on the ILE RPG compiler on AS/400. She worked on CODE/400, specializing in RPG features and enhancements and WDSC, migrating functionality from CODE/400 to WDSC adding new functionality to RSE. Nazmin has assumed several leading roles in the RSE team, such as team lead and technical lead. Nazmin is a frequent speaker in conferences and user groups.

Contents
CONTENTS
Foreword
Introduction

Chapter 1: What Is the RSE and How Do I Get It?
The Recent Evolution of RPG and COBOL Tools
WebSphere, Rational, and System i, Oh My!
What's in a Number?
How Do I Get It?
The Building Blocks Behind the RSE
Also Brought to You by Rational
Jazz and IBM Rational Team Concert

Chapter 2: Installation and Setup
Workstation Requirements
Server Requirements
Coexistence
Running the Install
IBM Installation Manager
Workspace Migration
Troubleshooting

Chapter 3: Getting Started with the RSE
The RSE Perspective
Creating a Connection
Setting the Library List
Locating a Member
The Object Table View
Opening and Editing the Member
Compiling the Member
Saving the Member
Debugging a Program
Troubleshooting

Chapter 4: Workbench Basics
The Workbench
The Workspace
Workspace Migration
Common Workbench Icons
Customizations
Getting Help

Chapter 5: Working with Libraries, Objects, and Members
The Remote Systems View
Connections
Subsystems
Connecting to the Remote System
Filters
Managing Your Library List
Working with Libraries, Objects, and Members
The Object Table View
Running CL Commands
Filter Pools
The Remote Systems View Revisited
Recommendations on Setting Up Your Connections
Green Screen to RSE QuickStart
Troubleshooting

Chapter 6: The Remote Systems LPEX Editor: The Best of Both Worlds
Opening a Source Member
Using the Editor
Editor Features
Split-screen Editing
Printing
Saving and Closing
Customizations

Chapter 7: The Remote Systems LPEX Editor: RPG, COBOL, DDS, and CL Editing Features
Common Language Features
Language-specific Actions
LPEX Parsers
Editing IFS Files
Troubleshooting

Chapter 8: Compiling and Binding
Compile Actions
Compile Command Execution
The Error List View: Look Ma, No Spool File
The Events File
Customizing the Compile Commands
Source Members with SQL Statements
Binding Programs and Service Programs
Compile Preferences
Troubleshooting

Chapter 9: Running and Debugging Programs
Starting the Debug Server
Launching the Debugger
Using the Debugger
Running a Program
The Debug Perspective
Debug Preferences
Green Screen to RSE Quick Start
Troubleshooting

Chapter 10: Additional Functions
RSE Profiles
Working with Profiles
Remote Searches
User-defined Actions
Creating User-defined Actions
The Data Table
Working with the Data Table view
Working with i5/OS Jobs
The Integrated File System
Communications
Caching
Troubleshooting

Chapter 11: i5/OS Projects: The Other Way to Manage Your Source
What Exactly Are i5/OS Projects?
Why Use i5/OS Projects?
The i5/OS Projects Perspective
Setting Up an i5/OS Project
Viewing Local and Remote Resources in a Project
Tracking Local Changes
Handling Sequence Number and Date Fields
Non-source Objects and i5/OS Projects
Pushing (Uploading) Members
Compiling from an i5/OS Project
The Job Status View
Project-level Builds
Working Offline (Disconnected)
Working in a Team
Project Metadata
Troubleshooting

Chapter 12: The Application Diagram
Creating a Diagram
Reading the Diagram
Using the Diagram Editor
Documenting Your Application
Customizing the Diagram
Troubleshooting

Chapter 13: Screen Designer
Overview
Design Mode
The Source Page
Preview Mode
Troubleshooting

Chapter 14: What's Next
Keeping Informed
Additional Resources

Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcuts
General Windows Shortcuts
General Workbench Shortcuts
Object Table View Shortcuts
Remote Systems LPEX Editor Shortcuts
Integrated I5/OS Debugger Shortcuts

Appendix B: Chapter Differences for WDSC 7.0 65
Overall Differences
Chapter 2, Installation and Setup
Chapter 6, The Remote Systems LPEX Editor: The Best of Both Worlds
Chapter 7, The Remote Systems LPEX Editor: RPG, COBOL, DDS, and CL Editing Features
Chapter 8, Compiling and Binding
Chapter 9, Running and Debugging Programs
Chapter 11, I5/OS Project: The Other Way to Manage Your Source
Chapter 12, The Application Diagram
Chapter 13, Screen Designer

Index
Reviews
“I thought I knew a lot about RSE, having been a user, a teacher, and an avid fan of the tool for years. While reading this book, I found there was still a lot for me to learn! Don and Nazmin have done a great job of providing guidance, details, and tips in a way that allows beginners and experienced users alike to find what they need to know. They write in a conversational tone—not IBMeze—and focus specifically on the needs of the typical RPG or COBOL developer. They have also made the book product agnostic, so that it is equally applicable whether you have WDSC V7.0 or RDi V7.1 installed. When you're ready to give up SEU and PDM, this is definitely the book to read!”
— Susan Gantner
Co-founder of System i Developer and Partner400

“I've been a user of the WDSC family of tools since the original OS/2 release of CODE/400-and I've been teaching others about them for almost as long. Even so, I knew there were some areas of RSE that I was a little thin on, such as filter pools. So, when I was offered the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book, I jumped at the chance. I'm happy to say that I've learned a lot, but I'm surprised that I had so much more to learn than I had imagined!

“Not only have Don and Nazmin done a great job with this book, but they have done so without lapsing into IBM jargon. The topics they cover are those that will be of interest to the majority of programmers, and they have avoided the traditional IBM mistake of focusing too much on esoteric functions that few will ever use.

“If you can't spare the time or money for a hands-on class in RSE, buy this book. You'll learn a lot!”
— Jon Paris
Co-founder of System i Developer and Partner400

“If you want complete coverage of RSE in a single source, this is the book to get!”
— Jef Sutherland
Vice President, Information Services, Kampgrounds of America

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