No, we use the "Deliver To" to deploy straight into the production "live" server.
Our dev server manages the repo and tasks, i'ts where we check out/in all the components.
Then we when are ready to deploy, we use that task to group objects in the VL IDE and use "Deliver To" to deploy to the production system.
Following up a bit, I understand the recommended way to move components from dev to production is via an export list.
Perhaps my understanding is wrong but creating an export list requires the following
- Create a Save File
- Create the Export List with Save File
- Export Objects to Export List
- Move Save File to other Server
- Import Export List into Partition
All of that verses "Right Click - Deliver To".
From some of the reactions I've got from some people when I told them this I assume that something horrible may potentially happen. I don't know what, as that has never been mentioned. If you know of something horrible that may happen, or if I am doing something that will cause impending doom, please share!
The reason I started using the "Deliver To" in the first place was at my previous employer we where using a VCS setup. At the time, I still don't know if another way is possible, the only way to get the components out of the VCS and into the iSeries was with the "Deliver To" option.
There has been some new advances using VCS and deploying to Windows, but nothing that I know of regarding deploying to the iSeries.
I mention that only because in the near future, we will be moving to a VCS setup and it would be awesome to have some tooling to handle deployments to the iSeries from VCS. Some other folks on the forums, myself included, have mentioned automated builds for use in CI/CD scenarios. That same tooling could help in those scenarios as well.