IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB) has been announced and is now available since 6/21 as a stand-alone product. Previously DBB was a feature of IBM Developer for z Systems Enterprise Edition (IDz) and IBM Z Open Development (ZOD). With this new delivery vector, clients using Standard Edition of IDz or any other Integrated Development Environment for COBOL, PL/I, and Assembler can now access to build capabilities integrated to modern Source Configuration Managers (SCM) and Pipeline Coordinators.

DBB 1.0.5 also introduces new features delivered as samples on github.com DBB repository :
Scripts are provided to convert JCLs to Groovy scripts using the DBB API to assist in your migration from any Library Manager to any modern SCM
– A new Application Build Scripts sample for z/OS (zAppBuild) with configuration files to allow them to be used with limited modifications, based on client deployment experiences.
– an ISPF Git Client is provided as a sample to allow those who wish to continue to use ISPF Edit or for those quick edits on the system.

DBB 1.0.5 core APIs have also been enhanced :
Dependencies Management now supports finding and copying COBOL copybooks and PL/I include files that are stored in tar files and gzip files.
– During migration of data sets to Git, automatic detection of source members that contain characters that cannot be safely converted from IBM-1047 to UTF-8.
DBB Web Application Liberty server is now supported on Linux on IBM Z.

Start evaluating DBB today with a zero-install environment including Jenkins and Git running on IBM Z Development & Test with the IBM Z Trial Program. Z Trial Program is completely free and can be available in two hours for three days, where you can learn key capabilities through four scenarios including hands-on tutorials that explain how to:
Load a Git repository and modify the COBOL code
Run a build with IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB) and visually debug the program.
Commit and push modifications into the Git repository and request a Jenkins build.
Write a sample build script using DBB.

For more information check out the DBB marketplace page.

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