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  • RAD vs WDSC

    We've recently upgraded to i5/OS 6.1. I'd like to start using RAD, but management is balking because of the per/seat license. I'm currently using WDSC 7.x. I'd like a list of the improvements to the languages that we could take advantage of in RAD that we can't do in WDSC. Is there a site somewhere that can show these advantages? Thanks.

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    Len, I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, because you mention RAD and RAD stands for Rational Application Developer, which is not an i development tool - it's a full-fledged J2EE web development IDE.

    If you're looking for tooling for i-specific languages such as RPG and COBOL, then you should take a look at the new Rational Developer for Power Systems. I have an introductory article coming out (I think next week) that shows you two tools that make it worth the price: the Screen Designer and the Report Designer, which together provide a GUI replacement for SDA and RLU. Just those alone would make you more productive, and you don't get those in WDSC.

    Joe

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      Thanks Joe. Yes, I was just confused by all the acronyms for the product. It is RDi or, as I understand it, RDP. Who knows what they'll call it tomorrow! I'm just having a bit of trouble convincing management that we need a product that was once "free" and now have to pay a fee.

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