Rational Developer for System z: Workbench Overview Video Transcript

Rational Developer for System z: Workbench Overview Video Transcript
Rational Developer for System z: Workbench Overview
Video Transcript
Kimberlee Maselli, Aug 2012
When you launch Rational Developer for System z from your desktop you are prompted
for a workspace. A workspace is the directory where your work is stored on your
computer. After the workspace is chosen, the Workbench window where you perform
your work opens. If this is the 1st time that you have started the product, the Welcome
opens. The Welcome is a set of pages that highlight information, tutorials, samples,
what’s new, getting started information, and web sites where you can learn and obtain
additional information about Rational Developer for System z. Click “x” on the Welcome
tab to close the Welcome and access the workbench.
Becoming familiar with the workbench structure and terminology will assist you with
learning how to use the workbench effectively. The workbench provides many ways to
work within it and allows for customization. Therefore, your workbench can look
different from the workbench of another person. This short video highlights only a few
of the many workbench features.
The menu and toolbar at the top of the workbench provides access to the workbench
features and development tasks. Another way to access tasks is using the pop-up menu.
To open the pop-up menu, right-click in the view that you are working with. The tasks
available in the pop-up menu are dependent on where the cursor is located when the popup menu is opened.
The workbench is organized by perspectives and views. A perspective is a collection of
views directed towards a specific task or resource. The default perspective for Rational
Developer for System z is z/OS Projects. If you are using the Rational Developer for
System z for Enterprise the default perspective is called Enterprise Development.
Throughout this video, we refer to the default view as the z/OS Projects perspective.
Only one perspective can be viewed at a time; however it is easy to move between
perspectives using the menu bar or button at the top right of the workbench. To use the
menu, click Window > Open Perspective and chose from the list. If the perspective that
you want is not listed, click Other for an expanded list of perspectives. Select the
perspective and click OK. The Debug perspective contains views that you would use
while debugging a program. To go back to the z/OS Projects perspective, click the double
arrows in the top right and click z/OS Projects.
Within a perspective there can be multiple views open. A view can appear by itself or
stacked with other views in a tabbed notebook. At the bottom of the workbench, there are
several nested views: Remote Error List, z/OS File System, Mapping, Property Group
Manager, Snippets, and Remote System Details.
Let’s look at a few of the views that you will frequently use.
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The z/OS Projects view contains a list of projects which maps to the Windows file
system for local projects and to a cached copy of remote data sets for z/OS
projects. There are two projects listed: LocalSampleProject and
SamplePL1Project.
Property Group Manager contains a list of property groups that are defined in
your environment.
z/OS File System Mapping maps remote data set names to local file extensions
and defines data transfer characteristics for each mapping.
The layout of the workspace can be customized by dragging views to different locations.
As you become familiar with the different views, you can customize the interface to fit
your way of working.
There are several editors that you can use to work with your program files. The editors
available for a specific file depend on the file content and file association preferences that
have been defined. To edit a file, right-click the file name, click Open With and select an
editor. You can also open the file by double-clicking the file name.
For example, under the LocalSampleProject, there are two COBOL files in the COBOL
folder. To edit PrintApp.cbl, right-click the file name and select Open With. There are 3
editors you can choose from to edit the file: System LPEX Editor, COBOL Editor, and
Text Editor. After selecting an editor, the file opens in the middle of the workbench. You
can now work within the file. Use the Save menu item to save your changes by clicking
File > Save. To close the file click “x” on the editor tab. If you do not use the Save menu
to save changes a window opens to prompt you to save your changes.
When you are finished, close the workbench by clicking “x” on the top right corner.
Confirm that you want to quit by clicking OK. The next time you start the product, the
workbench opens in the same perspective.
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