ProData Gets Graphic, Releases DBU for RDi
May 23, 2016 Dan Burger
IBM midrange shops with active development environments are taking an interest in modernization projects. And along with that, comes graphical development tools like Rational Developer for i, commonly referred to as RDi. As more companies find RDi useful, more ISVs realize plug-ins to RDi are in demand. ProData Computer Services just joined the list by offering an RDi plug-in to its popular data access utility called DBU.
DBU RDi offers developers direct access to database files in graphical form and the capability to execute DBU functions from within the RDi Remote Systems Explorer (RSE) panel. In addition to the DB2 database, DBU provides cross-platform access from a single user interface to MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle. The software is useful for a variety of tasks that require full access to field-level data within a database. Its capabilities include researching database content, displaying data in hexadecimal format, and reactivating deleted records. Its productivity enhancement claims–reduced time and cost–are based on easy access to database files for research and file maintenance.
Allen Hartley, owner of ProData and a software engineer with deep knowledge of the IBM i platform dating back to 1981, says DBU is the first database utility to offer access to IBM i DB2 data thru multiple methods under one umbrella. He describes it as transcending the boundaries of a typical file editor.
“We listen to our customers and give them what they ask for,” Hartley says. “It took a little time for our customers to get into Rational Developer for i, but they’ve come around and are ready for our plug-in.”
The new RDi plug-in is available as a download from the ProData website. Green-screen advocates should not despair, however; ProData will continue to offer DBU/GUI, the traditional green-screen version of DBU.
In development and with expectations of availability toward the end of the 2016 is a sister product to DBU RDi called DBU Web. ProData describes DBU Web as designed for non-developers or developers without access to RDi. DBU Web shares the graphical interface and full functionality of DBU RDi, and will be accessible from the users’ favorite Web browsers on any platform.
In addition to DBU, the company also offers utilities for SQL access to remote databases from an RPG, COBOL or CL program on the IBM i; emailing spooled files to one or a group of addresses; evaluating SQL results and monitoring SQL environments; and retrieving database records deleted by mistake. It reports more than 20,000 utility installations worldwide.