Rational Focal Point web service utility to fetch workspace members

You can use the IBM Rational Focal Point UI to capture input from customers, analysts, market research, and internal stakeholders and for prioritizing, visualization, and planning. However, you can also access these features far faster through the software's web services, which also provides an add-on for you to customize these tasks without even logging in to Focal Point. You can capture details about workspace users, including Full Name and Access levels (Regular Member, Workspace Administrator) plus the Parent Folder of different modules, all in comma-separated files, each created according to the name of the module. Puneet Nebhani explains how.

Puneet Nebhani (pnebhani@in.ibm.com), Software Development Engineer, IBM

Author1 photoPuneet Nebhani is a software developer at the IBM India Software Labs in Pune, India. He is also involved with Rochester US STG labs and supports their Rational tools by developing customized applications according to customers' requirements.



19 June 2012

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Introduction

IBM® Rational® Focal Point software provides market- and business-driven product and portfolio management to help executives and teams make the right decisions for business, customer, and market value. It provides a user interface (UI) that eliminates the need for programming to develop reports about a working portfolio.

A web service is a method of communication between two electronic devices over the web. The features provided by Rational Focal Point can be accessed through its web services, so you can customize it according to your need.

Prerequisites

Provide this information in example.properties file, which is attached in the utility.

  • WSDL location: Location of the web service
  • User name: Rational Focal Point user name
  • Password: Rational Focal Point user name password
  • File path: The location for saving the files

Execution plan

To use this utility, you invoke a batch file that calls the point of execution of the utility. (See the Downloads section for the .zip file that includes the batch file.)

  1. Open the utility in Microsoft Windows Explorer, as shown in Figure 1, and click the FPWorkspaceMemberList.bat file.
Figure 1. Windows Explorer view of the utility location
FPWorkspaceMemberList.bat file in Focal Point

Larger view of Figure 1.

After clicking the batch file, the utility will run and start displaying the list of available workspaces and modules and the elements of the required module (see Figure 2).

Figure 2. List of workspaces, modules, and module elements
Screen output from the utility

After the process has finished, you can see the files that were created, as the screen in Figure 3 shows.

Figure 3. Files created
List files after running the utility

Each of the files created contains data, as shown in Figures 4 and 5.

Figure 4. Data in the files created
Columns for Full Name, Access, Parent Folder

Larger view of Figure 4.

Figure 5. Data in files created
File list with the same columns as Figure 4

Larger view of Figure 5.


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DescriptionNameSize
Code sampleFPWorkspaceMemberList.zip138KB

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