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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 10, 2012

Enhancing Rational Developer for Power

I think that a nice way to improve the project perspective in RDp for RPG projects or the RSE perspective, would be to be able to link diferent sources together. Right now you can right click over a source file and add a new source member, and that's it. But I think that you should consider a new way of adding items. Insted of 'add a new source member' I would love to see an option to 'add new module' or 'add new srvpgm' or 'add a new pgm'. I'll explain more in the Use Case field. With this new approach you'll make RDP more integrated with ILE, and also, you can have more information available in order to do offer more advanced features for the RPG programmer. I think that RPG is a great language and the i is one of the best platforms. We need to keep the language and the tools up to the competition. The Java Editor in eclipse or Visual Studio .NET are tools that increase the productivity a lot. If RDP starts offerring more and more advanced features to the RPG programmer, it will be an even more valuable tool and believe me, it will attract more new and young programmers....

Use Case:

In the Java Editor, you add a new source with different choices including 'add a new class'. In RPG you add a new source only as a new source member. This is something that I think limits the metadata that RDP have about the source that is currently editing. So the feature that that I'm proposing is:

The user rights click on the RSE or the project perspective. RDP shows the following options:


With the 'ADD NEW MODULE' RDP adds a new source to the source file that the user selects, and also creates a prototype file in the source that the user indicates. This helps to link the source code with the prototype file (header). RDP can even have information available to automatically build the moduel.

With the 'Add new PGM' the user can select to create a new source member (as the previous option) or create a PGM from an existing module. The user can select other modules to link in the pgm.

With the 'Add new SRVPGM' the user can select a list of modules to link. Also RPG creates the binder language file related with the modules that the user selected. The user indicates the source file in which the binder language will be created. RDP can have aditional feature in the future such as: sincronize binder language, export all procedures....

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Nov 16, 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your request. After careful consideration, we know that we cannot deliver your requested enhancement in the near term, so it is being declined. However, your request does align with the future strategy of our product and we believe it may have future value, so we will add it to an internal list for us to keep in mind for the future.

  • Guest
    Sep 9, 2020

    We have reviewed this requirement and we feel it would be a beneficial enhancement to the product. We hope to be able to add it to our development plans in the future.

  • Guest
    Sep 14, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Rational
    Product family - Design & development
    Product - Developer for Power Systems

  • Guest
    Mar 1, 2013

    This RFE will be under consideration for a future release. Status has been updated to Uncommitted Candidate.

  • Guest
    Dec 20, 2012

    This RFE is consistent with our strategy and product roadmap and IBM is continuing to evaluate.