Date Simulation for the AS/400


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SIMDATE is the premiere date simulation tool for the IBM AS/400.  Developed by The Firstech Corporation, SIMDATE allows you to use different system dates for different jobs without ever changing the actual system date, QDATE.  This allows you to safely and easily test how programs will perform on a wide variety of dates, including dates on and after January 1, 2000. 

Testing is the most time consuming and costly phase of a year 2000 conversion. SIMDATE allows you to save time, money, and resources by eliminating the bottlenecks in comprehensive testing. 

Since the system date is never changed, there is no chance of interference with your production jobs or with testing by other developers.  In fact, each developer can simultaneously test with different system dates.  For example, one person may be testing his or her programs using today's date or December 31, 1999 while another person can be testing with February 29, 2000 or any other date.  Imagine the impact of someone changing QDATE for a test and then forgetting to change it back!! 

SIMDATE eliminates the need to conduct complicated coordinated testing where QDATE is changed at various times to accommodate different testing dates.  Now, each developer can quickly test a program at a variety of dates without having to worry that changing the system date will negatively impact production or other development.  Now a programmer can test a program with various system dates without requiring access to change system values or waiting for someone who has that authority. 

SIMDATE works with ILE RPG as well as OPM (non-ILE) RPG and COBOL.  It also works with CL and supports the DATE keyword in DDS.  SIMDATE does not require access to any restricted commands such as CHGSYSVAL or CHGSYSLIBL, thus preserving system integrity. 

A trial version of SIMDATE is available for download. The trial version will work for thirty days and will allow simulation of dates through December 31, 1999.  The licensed version allows simulation of all dates, including those on and after January 1, 2000. 

For more information, please see our fact sheet and our list of benefits.  If these don't answer your questions, check out our FAQ or  email  us.  Of course, you can always call us at 1-323-658-1146. 

Please note: IBM has made changes to OS/400 at v6r1 that interfere with the way that SIMDATE hooks into the system. As a result of these changes, we do not believe that SIMDATE will function any longer on systems running OS/400 v6r1 or later. You are advised to make allowances for this as soon as possible. Thank you for your support over the years. 

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