Cross Reference IBM i

Application understanding

What do you expect from your documentation tool?

Traditional definition is cross referencing, which is great for maintaining an existing application with no requirements to modernize. Depending on your definition of modernizing you can get various levels of assistance from documentation. The major expectation of documentation is to understand what you have so as to reduce the time and effort required to get to where you want to be. 

I’m proud to say that I’m part of the development team of the insanely efficient new documentation tool for the IBM i (formerly AS/400). Designed to analyze  RPG RPGIII, RPGLE, (free & fixed format) COBOL & SQL.  

I declare Sapphire Analysis to be the new standard for documentation on IBM i. The graphical representation simplifies understanding complex applications. The intuitive UI interface makes it easy to locate and examine program logic.

In a perfect world, you would have an I/O server directing the data requests with trigger programs enforcing the business rules. This structure provides consistency by consolidating the GRUD logic into one place and negates the need to recreate & maintain it in multiple programs

The derived Data Model provides the exact information needed to add constraints to your DB which will negate the need to do so in the programs.

The extracted Business Rules are exactly what is needed to build trigger programs which will avoid the problems associated with doing it in multiple programs.

From impact analysis to advanced modernization support, Sapphire analysis is ready to take it on.Contact me or visit our website. 

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