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Out of the Gate

Partner400 RSE Quick Start Guide can help you be more productive faster

About four years ago, we wrote the "Partner400 CODE Quick Start Guide," a portion of which was published in this magazine. In the last few years, we've begun to use the follow-on to the CODE toolset, the Remote Systems Explorer (RSE) portion of WebSphere* Development Studio Client (WDSc). While we still use CODE under some circumstances, there's no significant new development work going into that toolset. Meanwhile, many new features have been added to RSE, making it a more attractive alternative. We're apparently not the only ones making the switch and have had many requests to produce an RSE version of our guide, so that's what we're introducing here.

This guide is intended to make it a little easier and faster for you to begin exploring RSE as a replacement for SEU and PDM. It's by no means a complete look at the toolset and is meant to supplement, rather than replace, education, product documentation and further individual exploration.

It's impractical to publish the entire guide, but we're including significant excerpts in three installments. The first part was published in the November issue of i5 EXTRA, the magazine's free monthly e-mail newsletter. You can read that excerpt online ( gantner). The final excerpt is slated for the December i5 EXTRA, so if you want to make sure you don't miss the last installment, subscribe to i5 EXTRA (

This article assumes you've read part one, which covered the basics of navigating the WDSc workbench, connecting to your host system and verifying your environment.

This edition of the guide is written to the latest WDSc version with all updates applied, which is V6.0.1, although we aren't exploring any features that require more than the basic V6.0.

(Note: Throughout this guide, we use the System i* family name when referring to the host system, which may actually be an AS/400* server, iSeries* server or System i5* platform in your shop. However, we sometimes refer to the product name "WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries," since that's what's printed on the discs you'll use to install the toolset and is still used on the official product Web pages.)

Time to Begin

When you created your connection, you may have noticed several "subsystems" listed under the connection name: iSeries Objects, iSeries Commands, iSeries Jobs, IFS files and Qshells (see Figure 1). (Note: The term "subsystem" in RSE has nothing to do with System i host subsystems.) We'll concentrate only on iSeries Objects, but the purpose of the others is hopefully obvious and you may want to explore them on your own after you learn the basics.

Jon Paris is a technical editor with IBM Systems Magazine and co-owner of Partner400.

Susan Gantner is a technical editor with IBM Systems Magazine and co-owner of Partner400.



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