We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The smart editor helps because it will code-complete for me. I can see code working a lot faster and I'm able to get things coded in less time."
"We can develop in parallel today on ISPF, but it's giving us the advantage of the newer interface into the mainframe programming languages that younger programmers can use and are familiar with, rather than using the ISPF green screen."
"I like the ability to flow through the source and see what happens to the data as the statements are executed. If there is a fault, it will track the event, and we can then look back to see why it may have caused the fault. You can also reverse engineer your test. You can set it so that you can go backward as well as forward in your test. This is something that I haven't done here at my company. Compuware Xpediter is one of the best debugging tools for mainframe software development. We have currently licensed only the COBOL language for Xpediter, but I know they have other languages, including Assembler, PL/I."
"I'm waiting to see what 19.2 for Topaz looks like, but I have a problem with the JES Explorer right now. It limits you to a certain prefix for job names and there are some groups that have multiple prefixes that they'd like to see all at once in their job names, because of how they work in a group. And they can't see that in the JES Explorer."
"Their technical support could be better. There were times where, when we reported bugs, they would fix one bug but add another one. That's probably because of their support model. A lot of organizations are developing software using Agile rather than the Waterfall method, so things are happening all over the place. You get things quicker, but sometimes one fix will break another one or add other bugs."
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Topaz Workbench provides an intuitive interface that enables developers of all experience levels to initiate Compuware’s industry-leading developer tools, Abend-AID, File-AID, Hiperstation, Xpediter and Strobe, as well as non-Compuware products and distributed solutions in the same environment.
Through Topaz Workbench, mainframe teams can:
Xpediter is Compuware’s mainframe application interactive debugging tool. It also offers code coverage for mainframe application analysis.
Xpediter enables developers to get into an interactive test session with minimal effort and quickly move applications into production with greater confidence.
With Xpediter, developers can:
Compuware Topaz Workbench is ranked 1st in Mainframe Application Development with 1 review while Compuware Xpediter is ranked 2nd in Mainframe Application Development with 1 review. Compuware Topaz Workbench is rated 9.0, while Compuware Xpediter is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Compuware Topaz Workbench writes "Replacing ISPF tasks with Topaz Workbench". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Compuware Xpediter writes "One of the best debugging tools for mainframe software development that allows us to flow through the source and see what happens to the data". Compuware Topaz Workbench is most compared with IBM Rational Developer for z Systems, CA Gen, CA Brightside and Software AG Natural for Mainframe, whereas Compuware Xpediter is most compared with IBM Debug Tool, CA InterTest, Compuware Topaz Program Analysis and IBM Application Performance Analyzer for zOS.
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