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Compuware Xpediter is #1 ranked solution in best Mainframe Testing Tools and #2 ranked solution in top Mainframe Application Development tools. IT Central Station users give Compuware Xpediter an average rating of 8 out of 10. Compuware Xpediter is most commonly compared to IBM Debug Tool:Compuware Xpediter vs IBM Debug Tool. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 35% of all views.
What is Compuware Xpediter?

Xpediter is Compuware’s mainframe application interactive debugging tool. It also offers code coverage for mainframe application analysis.

Xpediter enables developers to get into an interactive test session with minimal effort and quickly move applications into production with greater confidence.

With Xpediter, developers can:

  • See and control source code execution line by line
  • Fully understand what each individual instruction is doing
  • See and control all data variables within a test session
  • Resolve production abends without impacting program logic or risking data corruption
  • Monitor and control execution with added flexibility
  • Use Code Coverage to view documented proof that code has been executed
  • Trap transactions initiated by a remote source or a non-terminal task
  • Gain full control of testing
  • Create conditions during test to ensure execution of all code in a program
  • Work alongside other developers who are debugging application code in the same or different logical IMS systems through Xpediter’s integration with COPE IMS virtualization technology

Compuware Xpediter Customers

Credit Union, IMT, Chunghwa Telecom, Pitney Bowes, Helvetia

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IT Developer III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
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One of the best debugging tools for mainframe software development that allows us to flow through the source and see what happens to the data

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the ability to flow through the source and see what happens to the data as the statements are executed. If there is a fault, it will track the event, and we can then look back to see why it may have caused the fault. You can also reverse engineer your test. You can set it so that you can go backward as well as forward in your test. This is something that I haven't done here at my company. Compuware Xpediter is one of the best debugging tools for mainframe software development. We have currently licensed only the COBOL language for Xpediter, but I know they have other languages, including Assembler, PL/I."
  • "Their technical support could be better. There were times where, when we reported bugs, they would fix one bug but add another one. That's probably because of their support model. A lot of organizations are developing software using Agile rather than the Waterfall method, so things are happening all over the place. You get things quicker, but sometimes one fix will break another one or add other bugs."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for debugging COBOL programs, either online IMS programs or Bash programs.

How has it helped my organization?

I've only been with this company for less than a year. The Compuware Suite was actually brought into the organization within the last three years, and it has really improved the way the developers manage the software.

What is most valuable?

I like the ability to flow through the source and see what happens to the data as the statements are executed. If there is a fault, it will track the event, and we can then look back to see why it may have caused the fault. You can also reverse engineer your test. You can set it so that you can go backward as well as forward in your test. This is something that I haven't done here at my company.

Compuware Xpediter is one of the best debugging tools for mainframe software development. We have currently licensed only the COBOL language for Xpediter, but I know they have other languages, including Assembler, PL/I.

What needs improvement?

Their technical support could be better. There were times where, when we reported bugs, they would fix one bug but add another one. That's probably because of their support model. A lot of organizations are developing software using Agile rather than the Waterfall method, so things are happening all over the place. You get things quicker, but sometimes one fix will break another one or add other bugs.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for 25 to 30 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales quite well. Currently, there are three of us who use it. We're into application development.

How are customer service and technical support?

Compuware's product support is pretty decent, but their support model can be better. I would rate them an eight out of ten. 

How was the initial setup?

It was fairly easy to install. It did require some assistance from database administrators for things that I wasn't authorized to do, but it was quite easy to install and configure.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Compuware Xpediter an eight out of ten. I am very satisfied with it. It is one of the best software testing and debugging tools in the industry.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.