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Announcing Softdate Version 4.5

We’re please to announce that Softdate version 4.5 is available now.

The Softdate Date and Time Simulation (DTS) Data Protection Suite allows you to simply and easily test date and time logic in your key applications by “time traveling” to future dates and times that are significant to your business logic.

New features in 4.5 include:

  • Beyond year 2042 support. Current hardware and software limitations in zSeries systems and z/OS restrict the maximum date that the system clock can handle to 17 September 2042. Now Softdate v4.5 uniquely allows you to test your applications with dates greater than 2042, meaning you can now test application logic around long-dated events such as mortgage and life insurance policy maturation.
  • Different virtual clocks for distributed DB2 users. Different distributed users of a single DB2 subsystem can now each run with different virtual clock settings, allowing maximum flexibility when testing distributed apps.
  • SETS enhancements for distributed DB2. The exclusive SETS (Softdate Enterprise Time Synchronization) cross-platform feature was already available in v4.4. Now, in v4.5, SETS can automatically synchronize virtual clocks for distributed DB2 users across z/OS, Windows and Linux/Unix to enable seamless cross-platform enterprise app testing.
    Softdate/z version 4.5
  • Java support in multiple concurrent Softdate/z systems. Softdate/z was already unique in being able to run multiple copies in the same z/OS image to allow easy migration to new releases. However, Java (and TIME PC) support could only be active in one of these systems. Now, with v4.5, Java and TIME PC support can be turned on in multiple concurrently running Softdate/z systems.
  • Other miscellaneous enhancements, such as daily warning messages as licence expiry approaches, and removal of the need to disable JIT-compilation for Java date/time classes for Java 7.1 and above.

Contact us to learn more about this release.

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