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Getting Started With RDP 8, Part 2

Obtaining and installing the new Rational Developer for Power


In Part 1 of this article, I walked you through the process of obtaining and installing Rational Developer for Power (RDP) and the RPG and COBOL Development Tools for IBM i. Now it’s time to see how it works and why it will make you more productive.

A First Run

After a successful install, as detailed in “Getting Started With RDP 8, Part 1,” let’s get started. If you go to your Start menu in Windows, you’ll see a new submenu named IBM Software Delivery Platform (see Figure 1). Under that submenu option, you’ll see another submenu named IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0, and under that you’ll see the option IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software. Select that option to start the product. If you install additional Rational products, each gets its own submenu named IBM Software Delivery Platform_2 and so on.

The first thing you’ll see will be the splash screen, which you should recognize from the installation process. This time, though, the splash screen will say Rational Developer for Power Systems Software (version 8.0). You’ll see the familiar progress bar across the bottom of the splash screen and then the workbench will start.

First, you’ll be prompted for a workspace location. IBM has its own idea of what the default should be; it wants to create a directory down deep inside of Documents and Settings, which causes problems for me. It’s not just a preference issue; if you create a WebSphere Test Environment (something you won’t do with RDP but would with some other Rational tools) the directory structure can get so complicated that you can’t copy the workspace to another drive because the fully qualified file name is too long. So I tend to use my own naming. Just as I have a directory named IBM where I install all my IBM programs, I have another directory called WS that contains all my workspaces. Underneath that directory, I have a subdirectory for each installed product; in this case I’d create one called RDP80. In Figure 2, you can see that I’ve defined the fully qualified name of my first workspace: C:\WS\RDP80\Test1.

RDP will automatically create the containing directory and I can continue. One issue with automatic creation: if you misspell the directory name RDP will assume you meant what you said and will merrily create the misspelled folder!

A short dissertation on workspace segregation: the Rational products will usually happily convert a workspace from one version of the tool to another. So, I can create a workspace with version 7.6 of RDP and later open it with version 8.0 and all will be well. I may get a dialog telling me the workspace is being converted or the new version of the tool may just silently open the workspace and carry on. However, once in a great while, I will have done something bizarre enough (usually involving hand-modifying configuration files I have no business touching, but I digress) that the conversion won’t work. In that case, I may end up with a workspace that no longer works.

To avoid that, I follow a simple practice of segregating my workspaces by product and version. When I want to upgrade a workspace to a new version of the tool, I copy it from one product directory to another. I might have a workspace named TexasHoldEm in my RBD76 folder but to use that workspace with version 8.0, I’ll copy it to the new RDP80 folder and open it from there. That ensures that I don’t destroy my old workspace (and it also keeps it available should I need to revert to an older version of the tool).

Joe Pluta is the founder and chief architect of Pluta Brothers Design Inc. Joe can be reached at joepluta@plutabrothers.com.



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