Overview

IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB) provides the capabilities to build traditional z/OS applications such as COBOL and PL/I. The goal of DBB is to provide some automation capabilities based on a modern scripting language that can be used on z/OS. DBB is built as a stand-alone product that does not require a specific source code manager or pipeline automation tool.

IBM Dependency Based Build is included in IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition (IDzEE) and IBM Wazi for Red Hat® CodeReady Workspaces. It is also available as a standalone product.


Features

Toolkit

The toolkit provides a set of Java APIs that can be used to define an intelligent build script. The toolkit contains a Groovy configured to use with the APIs to simplify the process of creating the intelligent build script. The APIs can be used with any other language, the samples provided will use Groovy. The APIs include capability such as:

  • Run MVS commands
  • Run TSO/ISPF commands
  • Store and retrieve dependency information
  • Utility capabilities such as copying to PDSE from z/OS
  • zImport capability for migration to git
  • Ability to create and store the build report

The toolkit is included in IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition and is also available as a standalone product. Please refer to the "Downloads" tab on this page for more details.

Web Application

The web application is used to store and retrieve the dependency information and to store build reports. The web application is to be used by provided REST APIs and the toolkit APIs to create the intelligent build scripts.

Download the web application from the table below. The next step is to follow the server setup guide found in the IBM Documentation.

Version Download Server Setup Guide
DBB Server v1.0.10
DBB Server v1.1.3

Samples

The samples provide a set of Groovy scripts along with example programs to demonstrate how intelligent build scripts can be created. The samples are built such that they can be used as a starting point for a build process. You can download the .tar.gz file and extract it with the tar command. The samples will be maintained in https://github.com/IBM/dbb.

Download instructions for toolkit

  • As a part of IBM IDzEE

    Download via Shopz

    To search for IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition in Shopz, select z/OS-ServerPac as the Package type and MVS - Application Development as the Group. Then, type 5755-AC5 in the Product ID field or IBM Dev for z/OS Ent Ed. in the Product description field.

    You download an SMP/E installable component. To install it, follow the instructions in the Program Directory for IBM Dependency Based Build.

  • As part of IBM Wazi for Red Hat® CodeReady Workspaces

    Download via Passport Advantage

    DBB can be downloaded as a host component of IBM Wazi for Red Hat® CodeReady Workspaces. You can download it on its own or along with other Wazi host components. For explanations on how to download DBB on its own, refer to the explanations in “As a standalone product”. The following explanations apply when you download DBB along with other Wazi host components.

    1. Select Software Downloads and Media Access.
    2. Select Program offering and agreement number and click Continue.
    3. In the Download software tab, select the version of the Wazi host components to download. To find the appropriate version, you have the following two options:
      * Enter the part number in the Part number field. This number is version specific (M03Y8EN for Wazi host components V1.4.0 for example).
      * Enter Wazi Developer in the Part description field. All the versions of IBM Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces will be displayed. Select the appropriate version that includes Code Installation.
    4. Select IBM Dependency Based Build Toolkit, along with other components.
    5. Optionally, you can click the alphabetical order list to display and view the product by name.
    6. When the host components are selected, leave the default download values and click Download.

    You download an SMP/E installable component. To install it, follow the instructions in the Program Directory for IBM Dependency Based Build.

  • As a standalone product

    Download via Passport Advantage

    1. Select Software Downloads and Media Access.
    2. Select Program offering and agreement number and click Continue.
    3. In the Download software tab, select the DBB toolkit version to download. To find the DBB toolkit version, you have the following two options:
      * Enter the DBB part number in the Part number field. This number is version specific (CC83BEN for DBB V1.1.0 for example).
      * Enter Dependency Based Build in the Part description field. All the versions of the DBB toolkit will be displayed. Select the appropriate version.
    4. Optionally, you can click the alphabetical order list to display and view the product by name.
    5. When the DBB toolkit version is selected, leave the default download values and click Download.

    You download an SMP/E installable component. To install it, follow the instructions in the Program Directory for IBM Dependency Based Build.

  • As a trial for standalone

    Download

    To install the DBB toolkit trial on UNIX System Services:

    1. Create a directory for the DBB toolkit, such as /var/dbb.
    2. Upload dbb-ztoolkit-trial.tar to UNIX System Services.
    3. Extract the toolkit to /var/dbb by using a command such as:
      tar -C /var/dbb -xovf dbb-ztoolkit-trial.tar