Topaz Workbench

Modern Eclipse-based IDE


Topaz Workbench

Modern Eclipse-based IDE for Mainframe Development, Testing and Maintenance

Topaz® Workbench provides an intuitive interface that enables developers of all experience levels to initiate Compuware’s industry-leading developer tools, Abend-AID®Xpediter® and Strobe®, as well as non-Compuware products and distributed solutions in the same environment. Topaz Workbench can be extended with additional Topaz offerings as well as ISPW.

Through Topaz Workbench, mainframe teams can:

  • Access Compuware development tools, providing the ability to visualize complex application logic and data relationships, make changes to code, test and debug, and performance tune
  • Leverage existing Eclipse frameworks and integrations with popular open-system tools
  • Manage source code and promote artifacts through the development lifecycle via integration with ISPW®
  • Leverage a multi-language, multi-platform source code editor
  • Use JES functions like job submission, review, print and purge
  • Use Host Explorer for z/OS navigation, including dataset management (i.e., allocation, recall, deletion); build mainframe projects to isolate and quickly access files associated with a unit of work
  • Copy files from one LPAR to another with a simple drag and drop or right click; data is compressed and the processing is zIIP enabled for optimal performance
  • Leverage integrations with other industry-leading tools

The Value of Topaz Workbench

  • Available at no additional cost to customers on current maintenance
  • Makes the mainframe very intuitive for next-gen developers new to the z/OS platform
  • Resembles distributed-environment interfaces, making mainframe development different only in syntax
  • Helps organizations address the mainframe skills shortage due to a retiring workforce
  • Central administrative capabilities make it easy for an organization to roll out and maintain

Key Features of Topaz Workbench

Abend-AID: Fault Identification, Analysis and Diagnosis

Topaz Workbench provides full Abend-AID functionality through the IDE with access to historical and trending reports.

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File-AID: Browse, Edit and Compare Data

File-AID through Topaz Workbench allows you to manipulate Sequential, Db2, VSAM, IMS, compressed and z/OS UNIX data; enables you to create and update File-AID XREF; and provides Compare and Search capabilities.

Built on Eclipse, the Topaz SQL Editor enables you to dynamically build, edit and test SQL statements without having to type SQL code with the SQL Query Builder. The Topaz SQL Editor connects to Db2 for z/OS through Host Explorer, providing the ability to manage Db2 queries using a modern tool.

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Strobe: Tune Mainframe Application Performance

Topaz Workbench provides full-function iStrobe access. Users can retrieve trend and summary reports from multiple measurements using the Host Explorer integration to initiate Strobe measurements from the JES Explorer.

Xpediter: Interactive Analysis and Debugging

Xpediter through Topaz Workbench provides interactive debugging for mainframe-hosted COBOL, PL/l, C and HLASM. When running automated tests and debugging code via Topaz’s intuitive Eclipse interface, covered and uncovered code is highlighted so developers can quickly spot areas that need attention.

An integration with Atlassian JIRA Software enables users to capture faults and performance problems found via Abend-AID and Strobe. The JIRA issue also includes an Xpediter debug configuration that developers can then use to quickly debug and resolve the issue.

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Topaz Workbench’s integration with ISPW, Compuware’s source code management tool, provides ISPW users access to Compuware’s mainframe application development tools to visualize complex application logic, make code changes, test and debug.

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Multi-language, Multi-platform Source Code Editor

Language-specific aids are available for mainframe COBOL, PL/l, HLASM and C. The Topaz Workbench editor emulates several industry-standard editors and provides advanced data and source search.

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Integrations with SonarSource Tools and Jenkins

The SonarSource SonarLint COBOL plugin gives immediate feedback on code quality and adherence to standards while editing source code in Topaz Workbench. Jenkins for Continuous Integration lets organizations publish COBOL code metrics into SonarSource SonarQube to track quality metrics and technical debt.

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Leverage Legacy Source Code Management

Teams without ISPW can use Topaz Connect to access CA Endevor via Topaz Workbench to execute legacy source code management capabilities in Eclipse.

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