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* click on 'Regular Expression Grammar to see ALL the codes.  
* click on 'Regular Expression Grammar to see ALL the codes.  
*This is very useful when you tick the 'Regular Expression' check box in the LPEX Editor EDIT,Find/Replace.
*This is very useful when you tick the 'Regular Expression' check box in the LPEX Editor EDIT,Find/Replace.
eg. To find all lines that have BEGSR or EXSR or ENDSR type BEGSR|ENDSR|EXSR into the find box , make sure the 'Regular Expression' checkbox is ticked then click on ALL.  You will see the calling structure of the subroutines.  (This does not work with procedure calls)
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Revision as of 23:28, 3 March 2008

This is a dump of tips gathered from the WDSCI-L list.


See /Editor


See /Compile


Scan for a date when source lines were changed (like F14 in SEU)

original post [1]

  • You could issue the "locate sequenceText" command (in the command line at the case of the RSE editor or press ESC to enable command line), then invoke it repeatedly from the LPEX command line (UP arrow key, Enter).
  • example locate sequenceText 071201 to 071231
  • You can filter by date. Right-click in the source and you can filter by date. ref [2]

Locate is an Editor command.

There is more find info at WDSC Find Tips

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Find Tips

original post [3]

Check WDSC Find Tips

Check Searching for text

  • In WDSC
  • Click Help,
  • Click Help contents
  • Search on 'Regular Expression Grammar',
  • click on 'Regular Expression Grammar to see ALL the codes.
  • This is very useful when you tick the 'Regular Expression' check box in the LPEX Editor EDIT,Find/Replace.

eg. To find all lines that have BEGSR or EXSR or ENDSR type BEGSR|ENDSR|EXSR into the find box , make sure the 'Regular Expression' checkbox is ticked then click on ALL. You will see the calling structure of the subroutines. (This does not work with procedure calls)

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Find Field usage (for SQL where OUTLINE doesnt work)

original post [4]

  • To see where a field is used,
  • double click (select) the field name,
  • then right click, Selected->Filter Selected.
  • If you're command-line oriented, you can do the same thing with 'findText all field_name'
  • Ctrl-W to go back to the normal view or 'expandAll on command-line

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Debug and SEP Service entry prints

original post [5] (the post contains a lot of other information)

  • In Iseries Table View
  • Right Click on the Source
  • Select Debug(service Entry)/Set Service Entry Point
  • Next Panel Click OK (I have not done Service Programs)
  • If you get a 'Iseries Debug Message has not been started yet' message, follow the instruction, then try again.
  • When the SEP is is set click OK.
  • Run the program, however you normally would, eg. call, menu option, whatever.
  • You need to run the program under the User Profile in the SEP
Check Service Entry Point, if you need to change the user profile of the SEP.
  • The WDSC Debug view should pop up and you can set breakpoints view variables etc. etc. check Interactive Debugger

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Clear Breakpoints

original post [6]

  • In the Debug perspective
  • Click the Breakpoints tab
  • There is an icon, (looks like a double X) to remove all Breakpoints

You can manage ALL of your breakpoints across multiple programs and multiple languages, both on the client and on the server. You can enable and disable them, as well as remove them entirely.

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Field Values

original post [[7]]

  • Window -> Preferences -> Run/Debug -> Compiled Debug
  • Check Tick, 'Always use Debugger Editor while debugging'

FWIW I also Check Tick

  • Allow hover evaluation
  • Double-Click in Debugger Editor to add monitored expression
  • Centre view on execution line

(FKOL 21:17, 4 February 2008 (CST))

In V6.0, the debugger started to use iSeries Editor as the default editor to display the source. The fly over expression evaluation was available in OPM RPG, ILE RPG and ILE COBOL.

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Debug Breakpoints not breaking

original post [[8]]

When Debugging also when debugging SQLRPGLE

  • Use listing view
  • Turn off all caching. Window -> Preferences -> Remote systems -> File Cache, ______ Click 'Clear cached files'
  • Window -> Preferences -> Remote systems -> iSeries -> Cache, ______ Check 'disable caching' and click on the 'Clear cache' button.
  • Refresh the table view often, especially before setting the SEP.

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User Actions

Check User Action

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What are Profiles and Filter Pools for

Check Profiles, Connections, and Filters

Check RSE filter

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Remap Keyboard Shortcuts

Check remap shortcuts

Check WDSC shortcuts

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Other Language Setup (Japanese)

original post[[9]]

The assumption made is that your PC is set up to your preferred languange and the fonts are available on the PC.

  • In Window -> Preferences -> Lpex Editor -> Appearance
  • Change the font to the appropriate language.

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RSEF1002E Error

Operation failed. File system input or output error.

  • Exit WDSCi and reboot your PC.
  • I changed my password recently. For some reason my password got disabled. Also my Netserver password was disabled. (see Disabled User IDs in Netserver via Navigator.)
  • I reset my password, had my Netserver ID enabled and rebooted, all was OK.

original post FKOL 05:17, 11 December 2007 (CST)

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Easy Source Upload

original post [10] (This came from the comment about copying source between systems)

  • There are lots of useful RPG sources posted on the net,
  • But , How do I get that source into my source file.

WELL WDSCi is a really simple method to upload the source.

  • Mark and copy the source you found on the net.
  • In RSE use CRTL-Shift-A to open a source member into your favourite library/file. (Member will be created if it does not exist)
  • Paste the source code and save it (CRTL-S is one way to save)
  • Voila the source is now yours!!

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The outline view of the RPG (or other) program doesn't show the fields TEXT.

original post [11]

The outline view of the RPG (or other) program doesn't have any way to show the TEXT associated with the field in a file, but:-

  • You can easily open the Field Table View that does.
  • This will open the iSeries Field Table View which gives all the field information.
  1. Right-click on the line with the F-spec
  2. Select the Show fields menu option.

  • To show the properties of fields in files.
  1. Right click on a physical file object in RSE tree view
  2. and select show in table -> fields.

  • If you are using 7.0, you are also able to bring up a Field Table View by highlighting any (PF, LF, DSPF, etc...) file in an RPG program's F-Specs then select Source->Show Fields from the Menu Bar.
  • The above tips only work if the file is externally described in the F specification.

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List libs, objects, members, etc with descriptions?

original post [12]

Is there a way to list libs, objects, members, etc in the Remote Systems view with descriptions?

  • The tree view doesn't support this - although if you look at the properties view - you will see the description when an item is selected in the tree view.
  • You should probably try the table view. Window>Show View>Other (or iSeries Table View)

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SQL result set only contains 50 rows

original post [13]

You need to open the Data View to enable this preference.

  • Window -> Preference -> Data -> Sql Query that lets you specify the maximum number of rows to return,
  • as well as maximum bytes to retrieve for large columns.
  • The default max number of rows is 50.
  • Get V7 if you can.

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I have these strange square symbols in my code.

ref PabloMotte, 27 November 2007 (CST)

When you are in RS LPEX, right-click and select Source>Hex Edit line, you will then see the hex value in the iSeries codepage, along with the client codepage.

Also, you can put the cursor on the square, press ESC (to move to the command line) and type "query hex". The "set hex 84" command will set the current cursor position to hex 84 (which turns on 'underline' for the SEU display).

  • Examples of hex codes you can use with "set hex"
    • 80 Normal
    • 81 Inverse
    • 82 White
    • 83 Inverse White
    • 84 Underline
    • 88 Red

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Run a program on your PC

original post [14]

There are several programs that come with System i Access for Windows that can be interesting to use, but you can run other programs on your PC too. Those programs are wrksplf, wrkmsg, wrkprt and wrkusrj They are found in the System i Access program folder. On my default install, that is C:\Program Files\IBM\Client Access To register one of these programs in WDSC 7.0.0.x, take the following steps:

  • Run (from the menu.)
  • External Tools and then select (again) External Tools.
  • Click on the Program config once to select it.
  • Click on the New Launch Config icon on the far left (the one with the plus sign) at the top of the panel.
    • In the Main tab:
      • In the Name box I entered the name of the .exe (e.g. Wrksplf)
      • In 'Location' click 'browse file system' and drill to the exe in the IBM Client access folder and select the exe.
      • In 'Working Directory', copy & paste the path and strip off the final slash and the name of the .exe
    • In the Common tab:
      • In the middle, Display in favorites menu, select 'External Tools' and the new application will show up under Run->External tools
    • Click apply, then run to test. Close the app.

When you select Run->External Tools again it should appear at the top of the context menu. You can change the order they appear on the Run->External Tools context menu by using Run->External Tools->Organize favorites

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Where can I find a list of enhancements in V7?

original post [15]

You can find the list here: [16]

How do you work through learning the functionality of this application?

original post [17]

  • Currently I'm just stumbling through the basics, and I know I'm not doing many things the most productive way.
  • I recommend that you try the tutorials included in the product as well as the PDM/SEU transition to RSE/LPEX - which was revamped and rewritten for v7.0.
  • Also, if you go to the WDSC web site [18] and search the support section - you will find additional tutorials and the labs from COMMON.
  • Don Nitke has a site with a bunch of tutorials at [19]
  • Joe Pluta adds:

You can use the help and tutorials from within the product itself. There are some free tutorials out on the web, including my own first one. You can buy my book, WDSC: Step by Step, which is based on version 5.1.2, but still pretty valid. You can buy my training course from Rochester Initiative which is now available for version 7.

  • You can go to a jumpstart at a technical conference, or an all-day standalone seminar sponsored by your local user group.
  • Or you can contract with someone to come onsite and provide training.

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External links

The official WDSC web page [20]

The WDSC Developer blog [21]

WDSC tags on del.ici.ous [22]