How to install WDSC – the SDA and RLU alternative

IBM i

Feb 19

WDSC is a terrific graphical Coding Tool for the IBMi – Best in class of the ‘free as400 coding’ tools.

For editing RPG and/or CL its a no brainer. Clean screen editing and a whole bunch of very cool tools that simply blow the old SEU environment out of the water.

“But what about the old SDA warhorse” I hear you ask.

Perhaps some of you are even, secretly, using RLU for your printer file layouts. (RLU gets a bad rap imho – I kinnd of like it, but thats another story completely)

SDA/RLU with WDSC 7 SDA is very easy to use with WDSC, once you have found out how to get it running: The WDSC-SDA component is called ‘CODE Designer’ and is included on one of the CDs distributed with WDSC 7.0. However, it’s not installed by the WDSC installer. I dont know why its not installed by default – IBM are a bit crazy like that.

After WDSC is installed, you have to put the CODE CD into the drive and run the install program for that CD. WDSC 7.0 includes CODE and it works just fine on Win XP, Vista and Win7 (as I have it running on all three versions)

WDSC SDA Installation WDSC 7.0 has 9 cds – but the pack should have an additional 5 CD’s – one of them will say “for Windows Operating System Optional Software This CD-ROM contains the following: CoOperative Development Environment and VisualAge RPG V6.0 component installation. That’s the CD you’re looking for.

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