Unleashing Rational Developer for Linux
Version 8 provides powerful tools for open-source users
Q: What advantages does switching to RD for Power v8 offer Linux users?
A: The biggest advantage is it allows you to use the same set of tools that your fellow programmers are using to do development on AIX and IBM i. You get so much more than you’d have with typical green-screen tools—debugging tools, visual editors and analysis tools.
Q: Has IBM added new C/C++ development tools for Linux?
A: Oh yes. A Linux programmer will now have access to the base capabilities that previously were available to AIX and IBM i users. A Linux programmer can now access a number of remote functions including a hierarchy view that allows users to select a header file and visualize the include hierarchy. There’s also a remote-managed build for remote C/C++ projects. Using remote-managed build, make files are automatically generated by the tools so users don’t have to create and maintain them. Users can control the tool chain, build commands, prebuild and postbuild commands, and other settings through wizards and project properties. And you gain improved performance for remote indexing.
Q: How will these new features make a developer’s life easier?
A: By using RD for Power, a developer will discover an IDE that provides edit, compile and debug capabilities for development on the Power platforms. Applications can be compiled and error feedback obtained right within the IDE. The developer can debug applications running on the remote system from within the IDE, step through the code and view all relevant information while debugging. That will make any programmer more productive.
Rational Team Concert for Power can make the developer’s life easier through capabilities such as version control, change management, compile error feedback and work planning. The developer is notified of updates by team members in real time via emails and feeds. The product also implements and enforces processes that the team has put in place without manual intervention, and the developer is prevented from contravening the processes with appropriate guidance on how to follow them.
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