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IBM Z Open Editor, IBM RSE API Plugin for Zowe CLI, and Wazi for Dev Spaces v2.1.0 released

June 14th, 2022

Version 2.1.0 is now available, which adds support for COBOL v6.4, PL/I v6.1, CICS v6.1, and HLASM for IBM z16 and z/OS 2.5. We also fixed many bugs, improved our support for Zowe 2, and implemented various community enhancement requests. See the detailed list here.

This release also adds an experimental COBOL code formatter that is consistent to formatting in IBM Developer for z/OS. We are very interested in feedback and ideas for improvementsopen in new window.

Zowe 2 support added with version 2.0.2

April 25th, 2022

IBM Z Open Editor and IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI version 2.0.2 are now available. This release adds now full support for Zowe 2.0 in particular Zowe Explorer 2, Zowe CLI 7, Zowe API Mediation Layer 2. You can continue using your Zowe CLI 6.x profiles for backwards compatibility, but you must update Zowe Explorer to version 2 to do so. Review our Getting Started with Zowe 2.0 section in the Documentation for details and instructions for how to migrate your 6.x profiles to the new 7.x format.

IBM Z Open Editor 2.0.0 released

March 15th, 2022

IBM Z Open Editor and IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI version 2.0.0 are now available. They have been released as a major version update to celebrate their availability in IBM Wazi Developer for Workspaces 2.0.0, which is now part of the new IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stackopen in new window offering. Together with the recently announced IBM Wazi as a Serviceopen in new window initiative, you can see how IBM Wazi is enabling the developer experience for Z to be more increasingly run from the Cloud - accelerating how organizations can provide flexible and modern development environments to their developers.

A key enhancement of the Z and Cloud Modernization Stack offering is that Z Open Editor now fully supports OpenShift on Linux on Z when running as part of IBM Wazi. This allows you to now access your entire development environment with a browser-based VS Code-like experience all on Z.

In addition to supporting the s390x platform, this release focused on quality updates addressing defects, performance improvements, feedback, and enhancement requests submitted by the Z Open Editor community on GitHubopen in new window. See our Changelog here for a full breakdown of all the issues addressed.

Note, that because Zowe 2.0 was delayed to late April 2022, Z Open Editor 2.0.0 and the RSE API CLI Plugin still have to be updated to support it. This version still requires Zowe version 1.x. We plan to release a fully Zowe 2.0 supported update of the editor and CLI plugin with the Zowe 2.0 release.

IBM Z Open Editor 1.4.1 released

November 19th, 2021

IBM Z Open Editor and IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI 1.4.1 are now available. This release fixes several language support and User Build issues. Additionally, password prompts for invalid or empty credentials during remote copybook and include file resolving have been added to prevent accidental MVS user account lock-outs and allow the use of Zowe profiles without stored credentials. You can find a detailed view of the updates contained in this release in our Changelog.

IBM Z Open Editor 1.4.0 released

October 29th, 2021

IBM Z Open Editor and IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI 1.4.0 are now available. A key focus area of this release was performance. We reduced the size of the VS Code extension to half, which users will see in reduced start-up times and memory footprint. Find the details of the many other fixes and enhancements here.

IBM Z Open Editor 1.2.6 released

August 19th, 2021

IBM Z Open Editor and IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI 1.2.6 are now available. We fixed several defects and addressed minor enhancement requests from our community. Plus, we made sure everything still works with Zowe Explorer 1.18.0, which was going through API changes to prepare for its Conformance Criteriaopen in new window support. See the detailed Changelog here.

There is also a new Blog post from Scott Davis called "Wazi Developer – what is behind this name?open in new window" that offers a larger scope of the positioning of Z Open Editor in Wazi Developer.

IBM Z Open Editor 1.2.5 released

June 18th, 2021

IBM Z Open Editor, IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI, and Wazi Developer 1.2.5 are now available. In addition to various fixes and performance improvements detailed in our Changelog here, Wazi Developer for Workspaces is now based on Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 2.8 and packages Zowe Explorer 1.15.1 as well as Zowe CLI 6.31.

IBM Z Open Editor 1.2.1 released

April 21st, 2021

We released fixes for IBM Z Open Editor and IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI (RSE CLI plug-in) with version 1.2.1. For the editor, you will find various fixes and improvements for REXX language support in 1.2.1. For the RSE CLI plug-in, we revised and cleaned up output, error and log messages, and implemented various enhancements for single sign-on with the Zowe API Mediation Layer (APIML). For an introduction to using our tools with the Zowe APIML, read this new blog postopen in new window by Joe Winchester, IBM's Zowe technical lead.

IBM Z Open Editor, IBM RSE API Plugin for Zowe CLI, and Wazi Developer v1.2.0 released

March 19th, 2021

We released v1.2.0 of our tools today. See this blog post for an overview to the main things we added, as well as our Z Open Editor Changelogopen in new window for the list of fixes.

There are also two new blog posts giving you an in-depth look at the all new REXX language support we added in this release as well as all the new enhancements for IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI.

IBM Db2 for z/OS Developer Extension v1.1.0 released

February 23rd, 2021

The latest release of IBM Db2 for z/OS Developer Extension is now available on the Visual Studio Code marketplaceopen in new window. In this release, the extension delivers the following key features:

  1. Full support on native SQL stored procedure (NSP). Developers can deploy the NSP with different options, debug the NSP (including nested NSP) and run the NSP.
  2. Run SQL from anywhere. Developers can highlight and run SQL DIRECTLY from other types of language source code files, like Cobol file, C file, Java file, JavaScript/Python files, and so on (you name it), so that they don’t need to copy/paste the statement to another .sql file or twist the SQLs to validate the result.
  3. More commit/rollback setting for SQL execution.

You can read more about these new features hereopen in new window.

IBM Z Open Editor and RSE CLI plug-in release 1.1.2, and new blog of IBM User Build

December 9th, 2020

We released v1.1.2 of Z Open Editor and the RSE CLI plug-in adding some exciting new featuresopen in new window for High Level Assembler developers working with macros and international customers working with special characters in EBCDIC.

We also added a new post to our team blog giving you an introduction and overview to Z Open Editor's User Build capability: IBM Z® Open Editor makes building COBOL, PL/I, and HLASM applications easier with User Build.

IBM Z Open Editor and RSE API Plugin for Zowe CLI 1.1.1 released

November 6th, 2020

We released v1.1.1 of Z Open Editor and the RSE API Plug-in to catch up with the latest v1.10.1 release of Zowe Explorer fully supporting now Zowe CLI Base Profilesopen in new window with RSE API JWT tokensopen in new window as well. Plus, we fixed a couple of bugsopen in new window reported by our communityopen in new window.

To get the full package go to our download site here: https://ibm.github.io/mainframe-downloads/downloads.html#waziopen in new window

In the coming weeks we will also be publishing more media content around Wazi Developer. We start today with a new blog post about configuring Wazi Developer for Workspaces in OpenShift with certificates.

IBM Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 1.1 released

October 30th, 2020

IBM Z Open Editor is part of the overall IBM Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 1.1open in new window offering now, which was released today. Wazi Developer is a packaging of various developer components for VS Code as well as Eclipse. If you are a Z Open Editor user you might particularly interested in the Z Debug extension for VS Code and the updated RSE API Zowe CLI Plug-in v1.1.0. We have a detailed Blog post here with all the new features we added to the RSE API CLI plug-in.

Wazi Developer also contains solution components for developing from the Hybrid Cloud utilizing Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 2.3 on OpenShift 4.3 with our Z Open Editor and Debug. Plus, the Wazi Sandbox component that provides a fully virtualized z/OS environment, which enables development and testing of z/OS applications on Red Hat OpenShift running on x86 hardware.

Go here for an overview with videos and blog post: https://www.ibm.com/products/wazi-developeropen in new window

The downloads of the client tools as well as links to the Cloud solution installation instructions are available on our new Mainframe Downloads siteopen in new window.

Also check the original announcement with more details for what is exactly included in this offering.

IBM Db2 for z/OS Developer Extension 0.5.0 released

October 27th, 2020

The latest release of IBM Db2 for z/OS Developer Extension is now available on the Visual Studio Code Marketplaceopen in new window.

Db2 Developer Extension 0.5.0 continues to simplify and modernize the experience of developing SQL applications for Db2 for z/OS by providing the ability to create Db2 connections, SQL execution support, syntax checking, code completion, and signature help.

You can read more about these new features hereopen in new window.

Z Open Editor 1.1.0 released

October 23rd, 2020

IBM Z Open Editor 1.1.0 was released to the VS Code Marketplaceopen in new window. This release fully integrates the IBM User Build extension and expands its capabilities to support building PL/I and HLASM applications as well. We are also adding new features to property groups such as language-specific scoping with compiler options that configure the editor, as well as a complete new representation of property groups called ZAPP files. We also finally added full support for the Zowe Secure Credentials Store Plug-inopen in new window for all Z Open Editor functions such as remote include file resolution or user build.

See the complete list of changes hereopen in new window.

Z Open Editor 1.0.3 released and new Eclipse Che trial

August 7th, 2020

IBM Z Open Editor 1.0.3 was released to the VS Code Marketplaceopen in new window fixing various defects, adding branch labels to the HLASM Outline view, as well as introducing custom include file extensions.

We also updated our Eclipse Che trial described in this blog post. Now you can use the free Red Hat trial accounts at https://che.openshift.ioopen in new window to run Eclipse Che. With just a few mouse-clicks you can now deploy Z Open Editor there. It is really simple (paste a URL, Go) as it loads everything from the Cloud. See the instructions and our Che Devfile here: https://github.com/IBM/zopeneditor-about/tree/master/cheopen in new window

New IBM VS Code extension for Db2 SQL available now

July 30th, 2020

The first release of IBM Db2 for z/OS Developer Extension is now available on the Visual Studio Code Marketplaceopen in new window. Db2 Developer Extension brings SQL language support to VS Code and to Eclipse Theia.

You can read more about this new extension hereopen in new window.

VS Code Marketplace update

June 30th, 2020

IBM Z Open Editor 1.0.2 was released to the VS Code Marketplaceopen in new window adding High Level Assembler support now to that version as well.

IBM Wazi in the News

June 24th, 2020

We released a small bug fix update for IBM Z Open Editor v0.5.2/1.0.1 today that addresses an issue with running our language servers with a Java newer than version 8. Now it works again with Java SDKs released since then, such as LTS 11, 14 etc.

Since the release of IBM Wazi for Red Hat® CodeReady Workspaces the overall solution and its components have been mentioned and featured throughout the Web in various publications:

(List updated on 6/28.)

Finally, our IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI v.1.0.0 has been approved as fully Zowe CLI conformant and is now featured in the Open Mainframe Project's Conformance Galleryopen in new window.

IBM Wazi for Red Hat® CodeReady Workspaces available now

June 19th, 2020

You can now try out IBM Wazi for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces Development Client (IBM Wazi Development Client) for a productive in-cloud development experience. The technical preview for IBM Wazi Development Client can be found at the Mainframe DEV Center's Downloads pageopen in new window.

Read our new blog post Kubernetes-Native Integrated Z Developer Environment with IBM Wazi for Red Hat® CodeReady Workspaces Development Client for an overview to learn more about the features and components of IBM Wazi Development Client.

IBM Z Open Editor 0.5.0 and 1.0.0 released

June 12th, 2020

IBM Z Open Editor v0.5.0 is released to the VS Code Marketplace. See here for all the enhancements and fixes.

IBM Z Open Editor v1.0.0 adds a new IBM High Level Assembler language server. Unfortunately, by adding this capability our VS Code extension exceeds the maximum code size allowed for VS Code extensions on the Microsoft VS Code Marketplace. Until we reduce the file size you can get the v1.0.0 release only as a free download from IBMopen in new window.

IBM Z Open Editor v1.0.0 is also part of IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Editionopen in new window. Customers who purchase this edition will then be able to receive technical support for Z Open Editor.

To learn more about the new High Level Assembler language server see our Blog post:

IBM Wazi for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces announcement

May 5th, 2020

We announced today IBM Wazi for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces in which the Z Open Editor will play a critical part. See the following resources:

New Z Open Editor release and public beta of IBM RSE API

March 26th, 2020

We released IBM Z Open Editor v0.4.7open in new window with Beta support for IBM Remote System Explorer API and the new IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLIopen in new window.

See our new Blog post Interacting with z/OS using IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI for an overview as well as links to demo videos.

New article about Zowe and Z Open Editor

March 16th, 2020

Updated Code Snippet library in IBM Z® Open Editor v0.4.3

December 23rd, 2019

We released v0.4.3 to the marketplaceopen in new window with an all new set of code snippets. To read more about it see our latest blog post:

Updated Che devfile to use IBM Z® Open Editor v0.4.3 and Zowe Explorer 1.0.1

December 23rd, 2019

If you follow the instructions in our Using IBM Z® Open Editor in Eclipse Che blog post for creating a new Che Workpspace using our devfileopen in new window, you now get the latest releases of the editor (v0.4.3) the Zowe Explorer (v1.0.1).

DevOps.com article featuring IBM Z® Open Editor's LSP capabilities

December 18th, 2019

Bob Reselman published a great article about the Language Server Protocolopen in new window and uses Z Open Editor as an example.

Using IBM Z® Open Editor on the Web

December 4th, 2019

We added two new articles describing how you can use the IBM Z Open Editor VS Code extension outside of VS Code on Web running in a browser. We show you how to do it with two very popular frameworks:

Z DevOps Talks podcast

December 3rd, 2019

Rosalind Radcliffe talksopen in new window about our editor, bring-your-own-IDE, DevOps, and future trends.

IBM Systems Magazine Article

September 26th, 2019

Sanjay Chandru published an article about IBM Z Open Editoropen in new window and how it fits in perfectly with DevOps for IBM Z.

IBM Z® Open Editor Release Announcement

September 19th, 2019

Read the official announcementopen in new window for the IBM Z Open Editor's first release.

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