Compuware Xpediter Overview

Compuware Xpediter is the #1 ranked solution in our list of best Mainframe Testing Tools. It is most often compared to IBM Debug Tool: Compuware Xpediter vs IBM Debug Tool

What is Compuware Xpediter?

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:

  • See and control source code execution line by line
  • Fully understand what each individual instruction is doing
  • See and control all data variables within a test session
  • Resolve production abends without impacting program logic or risking data corruption
  • Monitor and control execution with added flexibility
  • Use Code Coverage to view documented proof that code has been executed
  • Trap transactions initiated by a remote source or a non-terminal task
  • Gain full control of testing
  • Create conditions during test to ensure execution of all code in a program
  • Work alongside other developers who are debugging application code in the same or different logical IMS systems through Xpediter’s integration with COPE IMS virtualization technology

Compuware Xpediter Customers

Credit Union, IMT, Chunghwa Telecom, Pitney Bowes, Helvetia

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IT Developer III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
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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

What is our primary use case?

We use it for debugging COBOL programs, either online IMS programs or Bash programs.

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Compuware Xpediter an eight out of ten. I am very satisfied with it. It is one of the best software testing and debugging tools in the industry.