Webcast A to Z #5
September 12, 2019 Webcasts

Driving Change Faster, With a Little Help From our Friends (at Compuware)

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Overview: Turning up the velocity of your DevOps is easy. Why you should watch the upcoming webcast
and learn a few tips and tricks on Xpediter and Topaz the easy way.

Wouldn’t it be great if our development efforts yielded perfect code every time? How great would it be to never have to analyze or debug code again, trusting that the new applications and code segments would perform well, stay up indefinitely and deliver on the new functionality you desire? I knew someone years ago who never had read a dump. She had been fortunate enough never to make a mistake, but that was years ago when coding challenges were significantly easier and much of the business was conducted offline.

Our current reality is an increased pace of change coupled with a decreased tolerance for errors and outages. If that weren’t enough of a challenge, we now work with new mainframers, distributed systems programmers and business analysts: teammates that will find it more difficult to understand what our code is trying to do. Even the most expert among us can find it challenging to discover exactly where a problem might be when code isn’t working the way it should, especially if someone else wrote it.

As I reviewed the features of Xpediter and Topaz for Program Analysis, I found myself remembering when I thought to learn a new skill. My millennial friends all said, “YouTube.” How much simpler it is to understand how to fix your garbage disposal or properly brunoise an onion when you can watch an expert do it, over and over again.

The “video” concept really applies here. Ideally, you want to be able to replay a program slowly, controlling every aspect of its execution while you watch what it does to the data and variables. While you are making changes to your application, you may discover problems which Xpediter is designed to help you find and fix. Topaz for Program Analysis shows you both a static view (the internal structure of a program) and the runtime view which shows program and I/O calls as the program executes. Together, the solutions help you visualize the execution of your programs; not what you think is happening, but what really occurs when you run the application in production.

Whether you are a novice to these solutions or have had some experience, it’s easy to overlook some of the high-value functionality that can shorten your test cycles, while ensuring quality code gets delivered. Tips, Tricks and Best Practices for Using Xpediter and Topaz for Program Analysis,” the 5th webcast in the Mainframe DevOps A to Z Webcast Series, highlights some features and functions that can really help you speed your software delivery.

 

Register for the Webcast

 

Watch as expert consultant Yvette Santana shows you how to record and play back applications, viewing the logic and data flow. Understand the breakpoints and see the changes in variables as it happens. Learn how a single click can give you access to Abend-AID diagnostic information. And importantly, learn how to use the Xpediter Code Coverage capabilities to confirm that you’ve tested all the new code.

Join Yvette and Ward Mathews on September 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. EDT for a packed half-hour that will shave far more than that off your next testing venture. Register here. Drive change faster with visualization and automation!

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Chief Innovator, Denise P. Kalm began her career in biochemical genetics (M.S. University of Michigan). She went on to have a career in IT, beginning with programming, moving to performance and capacity planning and then to work for vendors. Her experience as a performance analyst/capacity planner, software consultant, and then marketing maven at various software companies grounds her work providing contract writing, editing, marketing and speaking services. She is a frequently published author in both the IT world and outside. Kalm is a requested speaker at such venues as SHARE, CMG and ITFMA and has enhanced her skills through Toastmasters where she has earned her ACG/ALB. She is also a personal coach at DPK Coaching.
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