Compuware Topaz Workbench Pros and Cons

Compuware Topaz Workbench Pros

Jill Wilkey
Technical Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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LeadSpec79b6
Lead Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of Topaz is Xpediter. It's more flexible than Xpediter through MVS.
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Compuware Topaz Workbench Cons

Jill Wilkey
Technical Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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LeadSpec79b6
Lead Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to edit source code that has special characters is limited. The ability to incorporate or convert REXX into macros that are usable under the Topaz software is not there. And the REXX macros that I have developed over 40 years of work are useless, so I have a toolbox I can't use or deploy using the Topaz technology, while I can use it under MVS.
It's not as intuitive as it should be. In terms of navigation, there is a large training curve for using it. For a millennial it might be better, if they're used to Eclipse. But coming from a non-Eclipse environment and using Eclipse, though I have experience with Eclipse, it might be cumbersome.
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