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Compuware Workbench Accelerates Application Delivery

New integrations & enhancements enable developers to be productive & efficient in complex application development environments

Compuware on Monday announced new innovations to the Compuware Workbench, a modern, intuitive Eclipse-based mainframe development environment. First released in 2010, the Workbench has evolved into a dynamic solution that's made application development, testing and tuning faster and more efficient for both new and experienced developers across the globe.

Kris Manery, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Compuware Mainframe Solutions, said, "By further innovating the Compuware Workbench and integrating it with our application performance management solution and our other Developer Productivity solution components, we are taking developer productivity to the next level, enabling more team-to-team collaboration and higher levels of developer proficiency to meet business and end-user demands."

Updated offerings include more robust data search and editing capabilities, additional debugging support and a code coverage reporting feature. The Workbench has also been more tightly integrated with Compuware APM for Mainframe and the company's other Developer Productivity solutions, improving the way teams collaborate when resolving application exceptions and performance problems.

Developers at all experience levels will benefit from the following enhancements to the Workbench:

  • More powerful search and edit capabilities. Compuware has strengthened the Workbench with extensive File-AID search and edit capabilities, significantly reducing the time developers spend finding and editing data.
  • File-AID Search. Users can now perform sophisticated data queries and searches across multiple files using selection criteria.
  • Time-saving Copybook support. TheSlickEdit source code editor, which brings intelligent source code editing to the Workbench, now includes support for mainframe based copybook libraries. This addition gives developers and technicians the ability to better leverage the predictive variable name type-ahead feature by specifying mainframe copybook libraries to be referenced for variable field definitions during an editing session.
  • More flexibility when debugging programs. Xpediter/Eclipse now includes cross-LPAR support, which removes the requirement for Xpediter/Eclipse workstation to be directly connected to the LPAR where the program being tested is executing.
  • Code Coverage. The sophisticated code coverage reporting capabilities of Xpediter Code Coverage have now been implemented in a new perspective in the Workbench. The graphical interface of the Workbench enables even non-technical users to create reports detailing testing efficiency and risk metrics for COBOL, PL/I, and High Level Assembler programs.

The Workbench's deeper integration with Compuware APM for Mainframe and other Developer Productivity solution components helps IT break down the barriers between development, QA and operations teams. New capabilities enable the automated capture of detailed information about application problems so development can more quickly re-create the issue, debug the code and ultimately fix the problem. For a more detailed description of this industry-first functionality, read the detailed announcement.

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