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An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a collection of tools — including editors, compilers, and debuggers — that are available to a programmer through a common interface. This course provides an introduction to the most popular IDE for IBM i application development, the Rational Developer for i (RDi).

The course begins with a basic description of RDi, including a description of Eclipse, the building block on which RDi was built. The course then introduces you to the RDi workbench, the primary interface to RDi tools. You will learn RDi terminology, such as perspective, view, workspace, and editor.

Next, the course takes a detailed look at views. You will see the various ways that views can be manipulated in a perspective. The course ends by describing how to access RDi's extensive help facility.

Approximate Study Time: 60 minutes


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the function of RDi
  • Describe the relationship between RDi and Eclipse
  • Start RDi
  • Define the following RDi terms:
    • Workbench
    • Workspace
    • View
    • Editor
    • Perspective
  • Open a new perspective
  • Switch between open perspectives
  • Open a view
  • Close a view
  • Maximize a view
  • Switch between the views in a stack
  • Display a fast view
  • Convert a standard view to a fast view and vice versa
  • Open the Welcome view
  • Access the RDi Help facility

Topic Outline

RDi Overview

The RDi Workbench

Working with Views

Getting Help with RDi


This course is intended for programmers who will use RDi for IBM i application development.


There are no prerequisites for this course.