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  • 1.  Is free version of CA Gen 8.6 still available?

    Posted 01-28-2020 10:38 AM
    Edited by Don Phillips 01-28-2020 11:17 AM
    Found the downloads in page 5 of the Library.


    If yes, what is the link now to download?

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    Thanks, Don
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  • 2.  RE: Is free version of CA Gen 8.6 still available?
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    Posted 01-28-2020 01:10 PM
    Yes, Don, there is a free version of CA Gen 8.6 Available. There is an issue with the link, so we're working to repackage and publish again. I'll put the new link here once it's ready (probably today).

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    Kim Peelman
    Product Owner, CA Gen
    Broadcom
    Plano,TX
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  • 3.  RE: Is free version of CA Gen 8.6 still available?

    Posted 01-28-2020 04:26 PM

    Hi Kim/Don,
    Although the old Free Version access link (https://communities.ca.com/community/ca-gen-edge/ca-gen-download) is no longer valid, the 2 zip files for the Free Version (CAGen86Free_1of2.zip and CAGen86Free_2of2.zip) are still in the CA Gen Community Library.
    The first file can be accessed from here where there is also a valid link to the 2nd file.
    https://community.broadcom.com/mainframesoftware/communities/community-home/librarydocuments/viewdocument?DocumentKey=960cee68-61b3-464e-9678-7012e1ee5355&CommunityKey=4182c217-4789-4997-8f22-87de25983f6e&tab=librarydocuments

    Hope that helps

    Regards,

    Lynn



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    Lynn Williams
    Senior Principal Support Engineer
    Broadcom
    Australia
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  • 4.  RE: Is free version of CA Gen 8.6 still available?

    Posted 01-28-2020 07:38 PM
    Here is a link to a folder with the free version of CA Gen 8.6: CLICK HERE

    The free version of CA Gen 8.6 is meant to be used in a single-user (as opposed to a team) environment. This version of the product includes all of the Windows developer tools with the following caveats:

    • The Windows Client Server Encyclopedia is not included in the installation package
    • The Windows CSE clients are not included in the installation package
    • Models that have been previously uploaded to an encyclopedia cannot be opened with this version of the tool
    • This version of the tool does not allow models to be uploaded or downloaded from any encyclopedia.

    The free version of CA Gen includes all the capabilities of the licensed version including the following capabilities:

    •  CA Gen developer and construction Toolset
    • Generation targets (C, Java, and .NET as well as COM, Java, and .NET proxies) and their associated runtimes
      • COBOL can be generated but there is no runtime environment provided
      • UNIX/Linux can be selected as target platforms but there is no runtime environment provided
    • All supported databases
    • Gen Studio, the Diagram Trace Utility, the Build Tool, and the Windows Transaction Enabler

    The installation of the free version of CA Gen does not install the Client Server Encyclopedia (CSE) nor the CSE clients.

    Support for the free version of CA Gen comes solely from the CA Gen EDGE community; no support is provided for this product from CA. Updates to the product are made only whenever a new incremental release or version of the GA product is made available. 


    The models created with the free version of CA Gen can be opened with the licensed version of the product and uploaded to licensed encyclopedias. After a model has been uploaded, it cannot be opened with the free version of the product. 


    Use Cases:

    • Allow Training of New Developers.  The CA Gen Edge Community suggested providing a free version that developers new to CA Gen could download and then follow the CA Gen Tutorial to learn CA Gen.  This provides companies that want to train new CA Gen developers a way to do it without having to buy additional licenses.  The CA Gen Tutorial is on the CA Gen DocOps site at: Tutorial - CA Gen - 8.6 - CA Technologies Documentation 
    • Allow Customers and Partners to create Training Labs.  Free CA Gen can be installed on work stations in Training Labs where partners can create custom training based on the Free version.  Students taking the training can then install the free version and be able to use it to extended their training.
    • Allow Customers to try new features without impacting current version.  Several customers are on CA Gen Release 8.5 and do not want to change the installation they use for testing to CA Gen to Release 8.6 just to check out new features.  Free CA Gen is provided so that you can install CA Gen without the need for a license on temporary virtual images or even personal PCs for CA Gen Admins to check out the new features. 
    • Analyst Recognition.  In the software industries Analyst such as Gartner, IDC, and Forrester are very important resources for both CA Technologies and our customers.  Free versions of Model Based Development tools are now a basic requirement for the market and several of the Analyst's require a Free version to be included in an evaluation report. 


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    Kim Peelman
    Product Owner, CA Gen
    Broadcom
    Plano,TX
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  • 5.  RE: Is free version of CA Gen 8.6 still available?

    Posted 01-29-2020 10:29 AM
    ​Thanks. This link works better than using the downloads on page 5 of the library.


  • 6.  RE: Is free version of CA Gen 8.6 still available?

    Posted 01-29-2020 03:36 PM
    I'm glad that new link was helpful.

    Have a great day!

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    Kim Peelman
    Product Owner, CA Gen
    Broadcom
    Plano,TX
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