An introduction to the use of RDI

After I discussed the need to use an IDE environment for daily activities  (see the link, I would introduce the RDI functionalities and his environment, that is similar in every tool based on Eclipse.

When you launch the tool you should first define a WORKSPACE and the related directory.

The workspace is physically the working folder where all your working  objects will be stored. RDI asks you if the workspace you are using will be the default, this let you avoid the this window:

A welcome page will be soon showed:


And RDI asks you to eventually add Websphere configuration:


Then the main work area is showed with an “Introduction” to help you in the first steps:


The SECTIONS  in the work area are “adjustable”, when you pass your mouse on the section corner you could resize each of them:


Or if you want to manage a component in full screen you could “double click” and you will see it better:


The RDI use different PERSPECTIVES or VIEWS to define different application contest. The first showed is “Explore remote systems“, but if you click where the arrow shows you, you could open the list of all the different perspectives. We surely will use “Explore remote systems”, “IBM i Project” and “Debug” as first approach:


First think we should define a CONNECTION to our education server:


At the end you should see and explore your system:


Then you could try to access to your personal library by creating a FILTER on it:


You should indicate the userID and password:


Then you will have access to all the components of your library:


Now we could change the view and move to ‘IBM i project‘, by clicking where the arrow shows you:


In this view we can create our PROJECT called EDUIBMI1:



You should indicate the connection and the main library in the project properties:


Then you will see all the main sections, with details if you open a source:


SECTION1 Project Navigator


SECTION3 Outline

SECTION4 Remote System Explorer

SECTION5 Logs(errors, activities, processes and so on)


We will see more details about these sections in the next posts…

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