IBM Z Open Editor v4 or later features enterprise-level advanced capabilities that cover use cases that go beyond programming and simple accessing of z/OS Resources. You would typically find such features in IBM's commercial zDevOps solutions such as IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition (IDzEE). While the core Z Open Editor experience continues to provide free full language support for COBOL, PL/I, REXX, HLASM, JCL and integrations with Zowe Explorer, these advanced capabilities require commercial licenses to activate. You can purchase the licenses through IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Editionopen in new window or IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z/OSopen in new window.

To allow every user to try these features, Z Open Editor will activate a 60-day trial license when you start version 4 for the first time.

For more information, see IBM Documentationopen in new window.

Only the following new features documented in this section require such a license:

  1. z/OS Resources table: an all-new feature rich view that extends Zowe Explorer with a sortable table. Gain insights into your jobs, data sets, and UNIX files by listing, filtering, and sorting on many available properties.
  2. Preprocessor support for COBOL: run a preprocessor either on your local workstation or remotely on z/OS driven with a new ZAPP profile type and then continue editing with full syntax checking (except for the preprocessor statements) and automatically rerunning the preprocessor at save. Compare the preprocessor generated code with your code side-by-side.
  3. Advanced Dependency-Based user build error reporting: User build logs are now automatically downloaded, parsed, and presented in the editor's Problems view with descriptions and error codes. Navigate to warnings and errors in your code with a mouse click in the Problems view to review and fix your issue and then rerun your build.
  4. HLASM macros support: Use custom macro resolution in HLASM programs with references to macros in local files. The HLASM editor shows hovers, document links, go to definition, and code completion for macros. This feature works with one to many macro declarations per include file, which is achieved by pre-scanning macro files if they can be found in local ZAPP property groups.

To access these capabilities beyond the trial period, you need to activate them in the Z Open Editor Welcome page. See Activating Advanced Capabilities for details.

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Contributors: PETER HAUMER, Benjamin Santos, Ethan Mendel, Prasang Prajapati, Saile Daimwood