For iSeries/400 software developers the tools and skills that have
served them so faithfully over the past ten years are beginning to show
their age and limited reach. Many programmers continue to use tools like
PDM, SEU, and SDA without realizing that there are other options. Alone
these tools will never provide the capability to create the next
generation of distributed and web-enabled applications.
In some cases new alternatives leverage and/or automate the existing
capabilities of native iSeries/400 tools. In other cases, the tool
requires a complete quantum leap in how the development process is
approached. In most cases these new tools also require the acquisition of
new skills to achieve the desired productivity level.
In this presentation we explore some of the newer tools that can
replace and/or supplement the familiar ones already in your toolkit. The
tools we'll examine include some IBM products like CODE/400, VisualAge for
Java, and WebSphere Studio. As well as "internally developed"
tools like iCompiler (a pre-compiler tool), and Objex (a VBA-based
scripting tool). While time will preclude us from taking a low-level
detailed look at all these tools I will present some hints and tricks that
I've found useful in my experience with these tools.
Of course having a tool without the skills to use it does the developer
little good. In this presentation I also discuss some of the
"key" skills that any developer needs to effectively use this
new generation of tools. These skills include object-oriented design, XML,
SQL-based data access, and IDE (Integrated Development Environment)