Before you start
Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software is the IBM Software Development Platform that allows you to quickly design, develop, analyze, test, profile and deploy Web, Web services, Java, J2EE, and portal applications. This series of seven tutorials helps you prepare to take the IBM certification Test 255, Developing with IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6 to become an IBM Certified Associate Developer. This certification targets entry level developers and is intended for new adopters of IBM Rational Web Developer or IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0, specifically professionals and students entering into Web development using IBM products.
In this tutorial you create a first vertical slice (a basic version of the application that runs from start to finish) of a potentially much larger Web application. The slice includes all the major fundamental components of a J2EE 1.4 Model-View-Controller application. After you complete this tutorial, you should understand how those components -- servlets, JSPs, JavaBeans, and deployment descriptors -- fit together and how Application Developer can facilitate the whole process.
This tutorial assumes intermediate Java™ skills, at least with respect to J2SE. J2EE understanding is helpful, but not essential. Moreover, it assumes you have gone through the two previous tutorials in this series or have equivalent knowledge with Rational Application Developer.
To run the examples in this tutorial, you need to install Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software or Rational Web Developer for WebSphere Software. You can download a free trial version of Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software if you don't already have a copy of it.
The hardware and software requirements for this software can be located at IBM Rational Application Developer System Requirements.