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Akatsukami

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:37 am
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FTR, my client has decided to eighty-six Xpediter in favor of RDz as part of its general dropping of Compuware tools by year's end. Any comments, criticisms, or screams of "For Amaterasu's sake, get out whilst you can!!!"?
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Pedro

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:22 am
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After a few months of experience, let us know how it goes.
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don.leahy

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:59 pm
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For those that don't like the RDz interface, it is worth noting that Debug Tool (the debugging engine that runs on the host) has a 3270 interface, so you can realize the benefits of full screen debugging without necessarily using the RDz interface.

It's been many years since I last used Expeditor, so I cannot really compare it to Debug Tool. I do know that IBM has been aggressively improving DT over the past few years.
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Ed Goodman

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:52 am
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We just did the same transition last year. Over all, I prefer Debug Tool.

That may be because of the release of Xped we were on, but I doubt it.

I like the way a debug tool setup file can be shared. I like the way it works with the built in SYSDEBUG files. I like the ways it's easier to throw the needed changes into a batch job and debug it from a separate screen. I like the easier scripting available in DT.

The only thing a miss desperately from Xpeditor is the "reverse" function. You could put your breakpoint on the error messsage, then just let the program fail. Then you could step backwards through the code to see how you got there.

If anyone knows how to do that in DT, please let me know.
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don.leahy

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:25 am
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Ed, see the PLAYBACK command.

I've not used it, but it sounds like it will do what you want.
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Ed Goodman

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:40 pm
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Holy cow...that's just plain embarrassing that I missed that command. I've made a date to sit down and at least read the explanation of all the commands in the book. icon_redface.gif
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