We are pleased to bring you the latest Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems (ADFz) 3.1.1 Continuous Delivery (CD) update. This marks one year of quarterly enhancements across the themes of day one support, shift left testing, integrated DevOps toolchain, and refactoring, plus ongoing delivery of customer requirements. 

Here is a retrospective:  
• 17Q3, ADFz 3.1 release highlights and IDz 14.1 release highlights
• 17Q4, ADFz what’s new and IDz 14.1.1 what’s new
• 18Q1, ADFz what’s new and IDz 14.1.2 what’s new
• 18Q2, ADFz what’s new and IDz 14.1.3 what’s new 

Since this is the fourth CD update since the release of ADFz 3.1 last September, all the constituent products are all at a 14.1.4 level. Here are some highlights:    

IBM Developer for z Systems (IDz), the developer’s cockpit, providing an integrated development environment for developing and debugging IBM z/OS® applications. V14.1.4 delivers a top vote getter at our user group meetings, a “smart” JES spool viewer. When we previewed this capability, someone said “This is a whole new way of looking at JES”. To learn more about this and other new IDz V14.1.4 capabilities that span refactoring, automated unit testing, and new COBOL 6.2 support, please see IDz 14.1.4 what’s new. 

Application Performance Analyzer (APA) helps you identify z/OS application performance and response time problems, and assists in reducing resource consumption. V14.1.4 offers a new a MVS START command that you can use to start a new APA measurement request. This command enables integration with system monitoring tools such as IBM OMEGAMON for z/OS or BMC MainView so that you can start a new measurement request when a situation occurs- for example, a CPU threshold for a batch job has been exceeded. APA measurements give detailed information to help developers address the root cause of performance issues. For more details on the usage scenarios that this enables, plus information on other new capabilities in APA V14.1.4, please check out the blog for what’s new in IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z Systems V14.1.4.

Dependency Based Build (DBB) provides the facilities to build traditional z/OS applications, with a  modern scripting-language-based capability to automate delivery into a open DevOps pipeline. DBB 1.0.2, packaged in IBM Developer for z Systems Enterprise Edition V14.1.4, now offers new features that include multi-thread build support, indirect dependencies management, zFS Copy, as well as new samples. Please see this blog for more details.

Fault Analyzer (FA) simplifies the process of diagnosing z/OS application abends. FA V14.1.4 brings asynchronous CICS transactions support, additional 64 bit Assembler Support, Java dump analysis enhancements, plus Change Fault History File Settings and Fault History File Properties display improvements.

File Manager provides a comprehensive set of tools for efficiently manipulating z/OS data. FM V14.1.4 delivers a new template repository for mapping data resource names to FM templates, a Clone feature as part of the ISPF productivity capability, plus the enhancements to Eclipse client, including the addition of the COBOL define criteria feature, and improvements to the template and formatted editor.

Want to learn more about ADFz? Attend a replay of our recent DevOps Unleashed virtual event to learn more about ADFz capabilities, with engaging, practitioner focused sessions like:

• AppDev Tools at 20 Paces
• Implementing Unit Testing practices for traditional mainframe development languages
• Rest API access to Z with File Manager
• Git and DBB for z/OS for COBOL  and PL/I 

Additional information

Visit the IBM Application Delivery for z Systems IBM Marketplace page. 

View the 14.1.4 Documentation, along with other helpful resources at the IBM Knowledge Center. 

To download the latest compatible levels of the IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua software stack, visit the Mainframe Dev Center downloads page. 

Visit the the ADFz website to explore technical topics, and connect with the developer community. 

Let us know what additional functionalities you need in ADFz by submitting feature requests in the IBM RFE Community. 

Calculate potential savings with the ADFz ROI Calculator.

Use the Digital Transformation Model for IBM Z to assess the current and future state of your enterprise applications 

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