Rational Developer for IBM i (RDi)

About Rational Developer for IBM i (RDi)

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What is RDi?

An integrated development environment (IDE) built on the Eclipse platform, designed for creating and maintaining applications on IBM i systems.

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This basically means Rational Developer for IBM i (commonly known as RDi) is IBM’s flagship integrated development environment for the IBM i platform.

The product isn’t universally used across the IBM i community, because it’s not free. It's actually very expensive (IMHO of course) and those software developers that can afford it enjoy the productivity improvements they get from a graphical and modern IDE, particularly compared to older greenscreen coding environments like PDM and SEU.

In the past I may have answered something like “PDM and SEU are old and Rational Developer for i is a modern tool for RPG and COBOL development.” With the exception of a few leading-edge IBM i developers, this answer generally doesn’t go over very well (much the same way that I’ve learned “Because I said so” doesn’t work that well with my kids).

Over the past year I’ve transitioned to starting all RDi demos with two slides:

What is RDi and Why use RDi?

The short answer to both these questions can be summarized as:

  • Improve developer productivity
  • Common development tools platform
  • Improve developers skills

If you would like to investigate RDi in more detail then let's dive in:

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Download Install and Use Rational Developer (RDi)

INSTALL and SETUP -- Rational Developer for IBM i

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Step 1 – Visit the IBM i Rational Developer website

Step 2 - Download Rational Developer for IBM i (RDi)

Step 3 – Install RDi (Windows)

Step 4 – Run RDi 9.6

Step 5 – Using Rational Developer for IBM i

Apply RDi License after trial period

Using Rational Developer for IBM i in Realtime

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Launch RDi, Connect and Signon (PUB400 IBM i System)

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Apply RDi License

Import DDS DSPF using RDi

Change RDi Theme from Light to Dark

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