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Use code coverage tools in Rational Developer for i
Code coverage supports the common IBM i compiled languages such as RPG, COBOL, C/C++, and CL. This article uses RPG programs to describe the code coverage features on IBM i.
29 Jul 2014
Integrating BPMN and SoaML, Part 1.
BPMN and SoaML are two recent standards adopted by OMG. The standards overlap significantly, but each provides a particular emphasis on service and process modeling. This article describes how to use their unique features together.
22 Jul 2014
End-to-end portfolio management system using Rational Focal Point
IBM Rational Focal Point project, product, and product portfolio management software is well-suited to any type of workflow-based management. This article describes how to create an end-to-end portfolio and a project management solution.
15 Jul 2014
Use Rational Quality Manager in a continuous delivery DevOps pipeline
Automated testing is an important piece of the DevOps continuous delivery pipeline. It's easy enough to write automation test scripts and have them be triggered after a build is installed. It is more difficult to maintain a group of tests to run, the machines to run them on, and a history of the test results. This set of tasks can be daunting if you are using plain ANT and properties files to maintain the inventory.
15 Jul 2014
Use Rational Performance Tester to detect runtime parameterization issues
This article is a guide for testers who need to simulate highly complex workloads without the help of a performance test tool. Learn how to track and detect incorrect or null data issues related to runtime data parameterization. Apply advanced configuration mechanisms in IBM Rational Performance Tester to run performance tests for a large volume of users and throughput.
01 Jul 2014
Code complexity and code coverage analysis for IBM System Planning Tool
This article describes the detailed steps to configure code complexity and code coverage analysis tools for IBM System Planning Tool. This article can be used as a reference to set up the code complexity analysis configuration and code coverage configuration for any development project. These tools help improve the quality and performance of the code.
01 Jul 2014
Build a mobile app that isn't perfect
Despite best efforts, it's nearly impossible to develop perfect code for mobile apps, the first time around. Even in nearly-perfect applications, users expect functions that aren't there, they discover performance glitches, or notice security vulnerabilities. In this sample scenario, learn how to find imperfections in mobile apps using IBM Mobile Quality Assurance.
Also available in: Japanese  
27 Jun 2014
Develop apps in the cloud with DevOps Services
This article describes how to get started using DevOps Services (JazzHub) to collaborate with others to plan, track, develop, and deploy software in the cloud. Using a sample application, learn how to develop on DevOps Services and deploy on IBM Bluemix.
Also available in: Chinese   Chinese  
27 Jun 2014
Rational Developer for System z code review application on z/OS
This article describes how to use the code review application for IBM z/OS, introduced in IBM Rational Developer for System z version 9.0. With this application, you can run a software analysis code review directly on the z/OS operating system. Learn how to analyze COBOL and PL/I source using the code review application on z/OS.
26 Jun 2014
Enhancements and tips for using OpenLDAP on z/TPF
This article gives an overview of OpenLDAP on zTPF, describes the additional function that comes with APAR PJ40871, and provides practical tips for using OpenLDAP on z/TPF.
24 Jun 2014
DevOps for rapid software production
Producing IT software solutions fast enough to meet operational demands has become increasingly challenging for technology-rich businesses. The process is labor intensive and requires iterative procedures as well as 24x7 attentiveness to integrating, compiling, and testing code. At first glance, throwing additional resources at the problem seems the logical response, but a better solution is to develop software applications more rapidly using a framework that is resilient enough to withstand mass-production automations. DevOps offers such a framework, and coupled with rapid application development, businesses can perform fast-paced prototyping, testing, and delivery while maintaining high quality standards.
24 Jun 2014
Automate application-specific storage provisioning with Rational extensions
Learn how to model and automate the additional storage needs of an application using IBM Deployment Planning and Automation for the Cloud 2.1.0. This freely downloadable accelerator installs on top of and integrates capabilities in IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Automation Framework, and IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager. In this article, you can discover how to use this tool to specify custom storage requirements for application components in virtual images through a deployment topology model and use the information to generate deployment automation artifacts that provision the storage elements and attach them to virtual machines in the cloud.
24 Jun 2014
Leaner software development using DevOps
Inspired by lean software development principles, this article focuses on various ways to help you notice and remove waste in your process and your time, all while improving time to feedback.
02 Jun 2014
Prepare to upgrade to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5
IBM Enterprise COBOL V5.1 was released in 2013. It provides significant performance improvement to COBOL applications. This article focuses on changes that you need to be aware of as you prepare for the upgrade. It includes an overview of improvements in the modernized COBOL compiler.
28 May 2014
Getting started with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, V4.0.6 - Exercise environment setup
This article shows you how to set up your environment for use with the tutorial Getting started with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, V4.0.6.
27 May 2014
Getting started with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, V4.0.6
This tutorial introduces IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation and describes how to use it to collaborate with a team as you capture, elaborate, and trace requirements across the development lifecycle. Rational DOORS Next Generation supports teams to realize the fundamental principle of requirements management across the lifecycle of a project. These areas of the product are explained: collaboration, organization, granularity of information, attributes, reporting, tracking, and security. This tutorial includes exercises that require installation and setup. For more information, see "Exercise environment setup" that supports this tutorial.
27 May 2014
From AccuRev to Rational Team Concert
Learn how to migrate source code stored in an AccuRev repository to IBM Rational Team Concert by using one of two approaches: Migrate the source code without history or migrate the source code with history. If you use AccuRev and need to migrate code to Rational Team Concert, these migration tips can help.
20 May 2014
DevOps for mobile apps challenges and best practices
Mobile apps bring new complexity to DevOps, but the rewards are too great to ignore. Get 10 best practices for ramping up your mobile enterprise capability for continuous software delivery.
Also available in: Japanese  
13 May 2014
WebSphere Commerce Performance Tests with Rational Performance Tester, Part 2: WebSphere Commerce test scenario - Random browse
Part 2 of this three-part article series describes the ways to implement browsing an IBM WebSphere Commerce catalog with Rational Performance Tester. Throughout this part, a full example from the design to the implementation of the test is presented. The example is based on the Aurora starter store with Search enabled.
07 May 2014
WebSphere Commerce Performance Tests with Rational Performance Tester, Part 1: Designing tests with Rational Performance Tester
Part 1 of this three-part article series guides you through best practices for developing tests using Rational Performance Tester and how to implement common scenarios for IBM WebSphere Commerce. Rational Performance Tester is a tool that can simulate e-commerce workloads to help measure application performance and identify bottlenecks. Test design approaches and problem determination are described.
07 May 2014
WebSphere Commerce Performance Tests with Rational Performance Tester, Part 3: Problem determination
Part 3 of this three-part article series describes where some common test errors occur and how to determine the problem.
07 May 2014
How to monitor performance and analyze wait events
High performance of web applications depends on very efficient databases that can process requests and fetch query results quickly. This article shows how to analyze Oracle wait events to improve performance. It also shows how to use operating system utilities to effectively gather performance statistics of an Oracle database and analyze them to identify the issues.
29 Apr 2014
The dynamic required attribute feature in Rational Change
This article helps administrators learn how to define dynamic required attributes, set up rules for this feature and understand how it works on various Rational Change forms. Use dynamic required attributes to gather relevant data from users when a change request is entered, transitioned, or modified, outside of the Lifecycle Editor in Rational Change. This article also explains how the end user is affected by dynamic required attributes.
22 Apr 2014
Use Rational Quality Manager to modularize test scripts
Using a sample scenario in a fictitious JKE banking application, this article shows how to develop keywords and workflows for the banking application.Keywords in Rational Quality Manager make it possible for you to modularize test scripts. A collection of keywords becomes a domain-specific framework you can use to put together high-level scenario flows. Keywords, if defined at the beginning of the project, form a domain-specific framework that makes it possible to focus on writing scenario flows to be tested, without having to worry about duplicating test steps .
22 Apr 2014
Support for ISO C11 added to IBM XL C/C++ compilers
The new ISO C programming language standard provides several features to aid in programming productivity, debugging, and performance. IBM XL compilers are phasing in support for the new C standard so that you can take advantage of useful features, such as those that support complex type object initialization, static assertions, and function attributes for functions that do not return. These are now a part of the XL compilers for easier debugging and improved performance.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian  
17 Apr 2014
Change apps quickly with Rational Team Concert
Make changes to an application more quickly and make the application more scalable, using a collaborative development platform that makes it possible to apply an agile DevOps approach to continuous operations of an application. Consider four methods of modernizing an application: hosting it on a different platform, migrating it to a database management system, dividing it into smaller, service-related components, or using a combination of methods in a hybrid approach.
Also available in: Chinese  
15 Apr 2014
Develop apps in the cloud with DevOps Services
This article describes how to get started using DevOps Services (JazzHub) to collaborate with others to plan, track, develop, and deploy software in the cloud. Using a sample application, learn how to develop on DevOps Services and deploy on IBM Codename: BlueMix.
11 Apr 2014
Build mobile apps that work
An expert panel of IBM MobileFirst specialists summarizes tips for building and testing high-quality mobile applications.
Also available in: Japanese  
08 Apr 2014
Improve the quality of your unit testing by integrating eclEmma and Rational Team Concert
This article describes how to set up eclEmma and IBM Rational Team Concert so that you can automatically check your code coverage when code is delivered to a stream. The delivery can then be prevented if the coverage is not sufficient. This process makes it possible for teams to ensure that their unit tests are being effective and that they have high levels of coverage. It also helps teams with existing code to incrementally improve the coverage and quality of the code.
08 Apr 2014
Use IBM Rational Test Workbench 8.5.1 for localized testing
For a test that is recorded on a mobile device, the test script is generated in the default language of the application. Sometimes however, the language defined for the device running the test is different from the language of the test script. Learn how to localize strings in a test script and use IBM Rational Test Workbench to run a recorded test in the default language of the mobile device that is running the test.
05 Apr 2014
Build a mobile app that isn't perfect (Appendix: Setting up the ADT)
To develop an Android app, you need to download the Android Developer Tools (ADT) and configure the ADT. Learn how to download the ADT, install it, and prepare the Android Virtual Device Manager.
Also available in: Japanese  
01 Apr 2014
Mobile application testing with Rational Performance Tester
To make better performance optimization decisions, it is important to understand the effect of many mobile devices simultaneously connecting to back-end servers. This article demonstrates how to record HTTP requests from mobile-device client applications using the IBM Rational Performance Tester built-in proxy recorder.
18 Mar 2014
Mobile application testing with Rational Performance Tester
To make better performance optimization decisions, it is important to understand the effect of many mobile devices simultaneously connecting to back-end servers. This article demonstrates how to record HTTP requests from mobile-device client applications using the IBM Rational Performance Tester built-in proxy recorder.
18 Mar 2014
Set up a Jazz Build Engine to run an Ant script: Part 3. Setup build scripts to coordinate code review and build
Learn how to set up an IBM Rational Team Concert main build that performs an IBM Rational Developer for System z code review. Based on the result of the code review, the process either submits the build to compile, or stops and reports the code review errors. Apply the tested, documented sample described in this article to implement a similar solution on your own platform. The steps focus on the Rational Team Concert administrator who writes an Ant task to compile COBOL programs, depending on other previous tasks, such as quality control. Part 3 describes how to run the RPP synchronize task, how to implement a code review, how to parse, convert, and publish the code review results, and how to run the build.
18 Mar 2014
Set up a Jazz Build Engine to run an Ant script: Part 2. Setup build scripts to perform preview build
Learn how to set up an IBM Rational Team Concert main build that performs an IBM Rational Developer for System z code review. Based on the result of the code review, the process either submits the build to compile, or stops and reports the code review errors. Apply the tested, documented sample described in this article to implement a similar solution on your own platform. The steps focus on the Rational Team Concert administrator who writes an Ant task to compile COBOL programs, depending on other previous tasks, such as quality control. Part 2 introduces the Ant-based build script, build.xml, that defines tasks for the build to run.
18 Mar 2014
Set up a Jazz Build Engine to run an Ant script: Part 1. Setup build definitions
Learn how to set up an IBM Rational Team Concert main build that performs an IBM Rational Developer for System z code review. Based on the result of the code review, the process either submits the build to compile, or stops and reports the code review errors. Apply the tested, documented sample described in this article to implement a similar solution on your own platform. The steps focus on the Rational Team Concert administrator who writes an Ant task to compile COBOL programs, depending on other previous tasks, such as quality control. Part 1 describes the technical and functional context of the scenario, and the Jazz Build Engine configuration.
18 Mar 2014
Generate DITA Java API reference documentation using DITADoclet and DITA API specialization
Combine DITADoclet and DITA API specialization to save time and still produce quality API documentation directly from the Java source code.
Also available in: Japanese  
17 Mar 2014
Memory management in Rational DOORS
This article shows how to use DXL APIs to effectively manage memory when you use DXL scripts in DOORS. With these APIs, you can monitor the memory used by DOORS. You can take action when the memory used by DOORS reaches the maximum threshold level. The APIs help to avoid loss of data due to an abrupt stop of the application.
11 Mar 2014
Using IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate compliance documents: Generate diagram-based documents from IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager
Part of a series covering tips, tricks, and best practices for using IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate compliance-relevant reports, this article shows how to generate IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager design documents using a diagram-based reporting approach.
11 Mar 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 5. DevOps in the cloud
To realize the true value of cloud-based software development and cloud-based operations, apply DevOps practices to help mitigate the potential pitfalls and risks associated with cloud-based computing. Learn how to use DevOps best practices to ensure that your organization can both use cloud-based development tools and processes and implement scalable, cloud-based operations successfully.
Also available in: Chinese  
06 Mar 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 4. Drive agile Application Lifecycle Management with DevOps
DevOps provides a set of principles and practices that help development and operations teams to work together more effectively. Most organizations recognize that that there are other key stakeholders, such as information security, Quality Assurance (QA), testing, and many others who can also benefit from the DevOps approach. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) helps to define the entire software and systems lifecycle, which encompasses a wide range of tasks and stakeholders. These stakeholders play an essential role to create reliable and secure systems. Apply the DevOps approach to improve communication and collaboration to drive the entire application lifecycle. Learn how to use DevOps to understand the dependencies between each of the stakeholders in the application lifecycle.
Also available in: Chinese  
04 Mar 2014
Test mobile applications with IBM Rational Test Workbench on Android devices hosted in Keynote DeviceAnywhere
Learn how to perform mobile testing using IBM Rational Test Workbench version 8.5.1 on Android devices from Keynote DeviceAnywhere. Explore how to automate the tasks to create, execute, and analyze functional tests for native, hybrid, and web applications on Android devices.
04 Mar 2014
Using IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate compliance documents: Part 3. Extracting information from IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager
The third article in a series that discusses best practices for generating compliance-relevant reports. This article shows how to use Rational Publishing Engine to generate archetypical design documents by extracting model information from IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager.
04 Mar 2014
Comment lines: The development project balancing act
Managing a lengthy, expansive development project is neither easy nor straightforward. This article highlights some of the lessons learned from my experience working as a team lead on a production support team maintaining a large web application for a commercial business. Specifically, this article discusses several challenges related to how the releases were managed, and the changes that were introduced to enhance productivity and quality.
Also available in: Chinese  
26 Feb 2014
Implementing build time JPA enhancement with WebSphere Application Server
This article presents a process for setting up build time JPA enhancement in IBM Rational development products, using only the libraries provided by IBM WebSphere Application Server. Build time enhancement can reduce startup times and provide seemless support for transferring JPA entities between JPA applications and non-JPA clients.
Also available in: Chinese  
26 Feb 2014
Agile data analysis using a KNIME workflow
For data analysis to be agile, analytic components need to be modular. Data should look similar to a rectangular table, and it should require a minimum of programming. Workflow engines make it possible to create modular analytic solutions that are easy to create, modify, and maintain.
25 Feb 2014
From manual to continuous automated deployment of mobile Worklight applications
This article describes how to use IBM UrbanCode Deploy to define a DevOps deployment solution for IBM Worklight mobile artifacts. By defining a deployment using IBM UrbanCode Deploy with the IBM Worklight plugin, mobile teams can respond to feedback faster and have a repeatable process with reduced risk.
Also available in: Portuguese  
25 Feb 2014
Use SSL with Rational Integration Tester: Part 2. Configure the HTTP proxy server to record and virtualize endpoints
This article provides an overview of the HTTPS proxy that is part of the IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack. It describes how to configure the HTTP proxy server and how to make configuration changes to an application to set up the ability to record and virtualize endpoints that communicate over a secure channel.
18 Feb 2014
Multi-platform application deployment with UrbanCode Deploy
Learn how to use IBM UrbanCode Deploy to manage the deployment of a z/OS operating system as part of a multi-platform application. This article includes two scenarios of how to use UrbanCode Deploy to help deploy z/OS applications: how to deploy directly using the z/OS agent, and how to integrate with the existing deployment process.
18 Feb 2014
Using IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate compliance documents: Part 2. Report generation for Rational Quality Manager, showing how to extract information from grid sections and report on test results and related defects
Generating compliance-relevant reports is complicated, because document requirements can depend on local software customizations, regulatory requirements, or internal standards. This article shows how to use the IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate archetypical test management documents extracting information from IBM Rational Quality Manager.
18 Feb 2014
Integrate IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM Rational Change
Organizations that use IBM Rational Change are hesitant to transition to a new change-tracking tool. However, they need access to integrated project planning features and they need better collaboration and integration with other tools in the application development lifecycle. One option is to integrate Rational Change with IBM Rational Team Concert to get access to these capabilities, without disrupting existing projects that use Rational Change and IBM Rational Synergy.
11 Feb 2014
Using IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate compliance documents: Part 1. Report generation for Rational Quality Manager, introducing REST service URLs, importing schemas, and basic template authoring
Generating compliance-relevant reports is complicated, because document requirements can depend on local software customizations, regulatory requirements, or internal standards. This article shows how to use the IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate archetypical test management documents extracting information from IBM Rational Quality Manager.
11 Feb 2014
Clean Rational Team Concert build workspaces
When multiple builds run on multiple machines the process of maintaining the infrastructure can become a problem. In this article you will learn how an automated build cleaning process can improve the continuous integration environment and reduce manual maintenance.
08 Feb 2014
Select a strategic toolset
Many organizations choose tools to automate aspects of the development and delivery process, based on a tactical, project-specific, need. This approach to tool selection is fraught with business challenges, such as the cost to maintain a disparate toolset; and technical challenges, such as the lack of integration between tools acquired in different parts of the organization. This article describes five key characteristics to consider when selecting a strategic toolset.
04 Feb 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 3. Implement ITIL with DevOps
Many organizations embrace the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 framework, which provides guidance on the processes and functions that help implement quality IT services. However, organizations struggle with how to implement ITIL processes such as change management, service asset and configuration management, and release and deployment management. This article shares practical guidance on how to use DevOps practices to implement the processes and functions described in the ITIL v3 Core Transition from Service Design to Service Operation.
Also available in: Chinese  
04 Feb 2014
Test virtualization accelerates mainframe testing
This article describes test virtualization scenarios for mainframe development. IBM Rational Test Virtualization Services and IBM Rational Test Workbench are used to provide the virtual services for the mainframe application. A sample demonstrates how to virtualize a CICS program and use the virtual stub in testing.
04 Feb 2014
Introduction to data access methods in embedded SQL
This article is an introduction to using the data access SQL facilities provided in the XL C/C++ compilers. It guides you through a simple SQL query then continues on to more complex use cases. The steps in this article are targeted and tested with DB2 V9 – V10 and XL C/C++ z/OS V1R13 – V2R1.
Also available in: Russian   Spanish  
28 Jan 2014
Implement performance engineering into the agile lifecycle
This article describes a fully open-source implementation that improves code performance visibility in the agile build lifecycle, resulting in high-performing code at a lower cost.
28 Jan 2014
Develop products and systems with IBM Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering
This article describes the process assets that are available for the Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering and its industry variants, and gives an overview of the mechanisms for how to deploy those practices.
Also available in: Russian   Spanish  
22 Jan 2014
How to test mobile applications with Rational Test Virtualization Server
Most of the mobile applications developed for enterprise use are distributed applications that integrate with back-end services. To test a mobile application end to end, you need to understand the back-end domains. IBM Rational Test Workbench helps simulate the back-end services you can use in integration testing. This capability eliminates the need to completely understand the back-end domains and makes it easier to test mobile applications.
21 Jan 2014
The Systems Modeling Language (SysML) Basic Structural Modeling
This webinar  will cover the basic concepts of structural modeling in SysML.  You learn how to model a system with the  Block definition diagram (black box view) and the Internal block definition diagram.  You learn the concepts of blocks and block properties, parts. Presenters: Joanne Scouler of IBM Andy Lapping of IBM
21 Jan 2014
Getting started with RELM Queries
In this webinar you are introduced to the basic concepts of RELM queries. You learn how to create a basic query. The session concludes with a brief RELM demonstration showing you how to create and run a query. Presenters: Joanne Scouler of IBM Andy Lapping of IBM
21 Jan 2014
Process and adopting Modeling with Rhapsody Designer for System Engineers
To deliver an insightful overview of adopting Model Driven Systems Engineering while leveraging Rhapsody Designer. The systems engineering work associated with the building a cell phone will be revealed. It will also include the steps to leverage textual requirements in DOORS and create a working system model in Rhapsody. It is an introductory view Rhapsody Designer, process and its influence to modeling for systems engineering.
21 Jan 2014
Migrate JavaServer Faces 1.x applications to JavaServer Faces 2.0
To take advantage of the new capabilities in JavaServer Faces 2.0, you need to migrate your existing JavaServer Faces 1.x applications. This migration guide will help you do that. Learn about the new features and find a list of things to consider when migrating. See how you can use IBM Rational Application Developer to simplify the process.
21 Jan 2014
Use SSL with Rational Integration Tester: Part 1. Overview of key material, the SSL handshake, and its use in Rational Integration Tester transports
Learn how to configure SSL and use the key material in IBM Rational Integration Tester to test and virtualize secure services.
21 Jan 2014
Rational Systems and Software Engineering Symposium
This event will focus on the IBM Rational solution for systems and software engineering. You will see how IBM Rational tools and best practices work together to provide a solution across systems engineering disciplines. This will also give you a great opportunity to network with other customers to see how they use Rational solutions and spend time with Rational experts, development teams and systems engineering team.
20 Jan 2014
dev@Pulse Conference
The event features some of the industry’s leading thinkers in mobile, game design, AI, open technologies, front-end development, and more. dev@Pulse is an invitation do more than just take in the sights and the speakers, of course. Developers are encouraged to join in talks, design camps, and code jams – where you’ll have access to tools and APIs that are being used to create the next wave of great platforms.
20 Jan 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us onlne for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
15 Jan 2014
Integrating CLM with HP Quality Center
This article presents the integrations and use cases supported by the Rational Adapter for HP ALM. It is intended for teams using HP Quality Center for quality management and one or more Rational applications for requirements management, change management, or both. The adapter provides traceability and collaboration across the boundaries of these individual tools. This helps teams to bring quality software to market quickly.
14 Jan 2014
Integrate IBM Rational CLM with HP ALM, Atlassian JIRA, and Git
This article describes how to set up a complex topology to integrate Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products with third-party Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) servers (HP ALM, HP Quality Center, Atlassian JIRA, and Git) using IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters. It covers topologies that align with the CLM standard topologies documented on jazz.net, and it describes environments used in the development of Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters 1.1.1.
14 Jan 2014
Parallelize C/C++ code on z/OS with OpenMP
The new XLC C/C++ compiler Version 2.1 for z/OS offers support for the OpenMP 3.1 standard for parallel programs. This article presents a high level glimpse of this feature and provides simple examples on how to use all available OpenMP constructs.
08 Jan 2014
Rational Application Developer enhancements for WebSphere Optimized Local Adapters present new opportunities for end to end EIS integration
Enhancements to IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V9.0.1 added new capabilities for application integration between disparate enterprise environments, such as those made up of IBM WebSphere Application Server, CICS, IMS, and batch processing on z/OS, and environments that contain SAP, Oracle, Seibel, and other IBM WebSphere Adapter-supported enterprise information systems. Support for optimized local adapters is now included in Rational Application Developer, offering optimized bi-directional calling between WebSphere Application Server for z/OS and external address space applications on the same z/OS system. Combining optimized local adapters with the WebSphere Adapters support presents many new opportunities for real time interactions between applications and environments that were too complex to realistically handle in the past. This article presents one such scenario, in which a CICS application uses optimized local adapters and WebSphere Application Server for z/OS to communicate with applications running on SAP servers.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Dec 2013
An introduction to service mapping: Integrating evolving web services in WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5
SOAs and web services evolve over time — new versions of services are deployed or brand new services must be integrated with existing clients. Typically, development effort must be expended to ensure that web service clients continue to work with the web service providers. IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 and IBM Rational Application Developer V9.0 introduce service mapping, a feature that enables you to remove the dependence of the service client on both the location and interface of the service provider via the interception, routing, and transformation of requests and responses between service clients and service providers. This article explains the concepts of service mapping and provides a working example, showing how multiple versions of a service provider can be called by the original service client via the development and use of service mapping technologies.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Dec 2013
10 tips and tricks to secure versions of your data on a Jazz server
The Jazz-based Configuration Management application can be used to protect multiple versions of data. This article gives examples of how data can be organized into configurations, describes default security settings and how they can be configured, explains the benefits of team areas, and offers troubleshooting tips.
17 Dec 2013
Getting started with embedded SQL for XL C/C++ on IBM z/OS Systems
This guide will help you learn how to run embedded SQL XL C/C++ applications on a z/OS platform. It describes the interfaces between IBM XL C/C++ and IBM DB2 along with their advantages and disadvantages. This article is written for developers with a basic understanding of z/OS and SQL. The steps in this article are tested with DB2 V9 to V10 and XL C/C++ z/OS V1R13 to V2R1.
17 Dec 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #1 The only effective way to ensure quality is with continuous verification
Bruce Douglass explains the importance of continuous verification. Not only does it help you avoid defects, it also improves the quality and vastly reduces the rework in your projects.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian   Japanese  
17 Dec 2013
Getting started with embedded SQL for XL C/C++ on IBM z/OS Systems
This guide will help you learn how to run embedded SQL XL C/C++ applications on a z/OS platform. It describes the interfaces between IBM XL C/C++ and IBM DB2 along with their advantages and disadvantages. This article is written for developers with a basic understanding of z/OS and SQL. The steps in this article are tested with DB2 V9 to V10 and XL C/C++ z/OS V1R13 to V2R1.
17 Dec 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #2 It is better to avoid defects than to fix them
Bruce Douglass brings us the next installment in his Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers series where he shares why avoiding defects is better than fixing them.
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17 Dec 2013
Debug mixed-language CICS applications deployed on TXSeries with Rational Developer tools
Learn how to debug the mixed-language IBM CICS applications deployed in IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms regions using the IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux software. Along with an overview of each of these systems, this article includes configurations for debugging and a detailed debugging procedure.
17 Dec 2013
Customize Rational Team Concert for non-traditional uses
Learn how to customize IBM Rational Team Concert for uses beyond the traditional application lifecycle management use case. Explore a sample scenario to create an application that track opportunities and find out how to create, customize, and test work item types for this situation.
17 Dec 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #3 Make sure your work products tell the same story
Traceability links make sure the individual work products are consistent in detail with all the other work products constructed when during system development.
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10 Dec 2013
Use Rational Performance Tester to perform high-volume SAP tests
IBM Rational Performance Tester Extension for SAP Solutions extends the performance and scalability testing of Rational Performance Tester to SAP solutions. This article describes how to optimize IBM Rational Performance Tester SAP Protocol Extension and SAP R/3 servers to run high load tests. The article also provides best practices for SAP load testing using Rational Performance Tester and solutions for some of the common problems that performance testers face while running tests.
Also available in: Russian  
10 Dec 2013
What's new in Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters 1.1.1
IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters 1.1.1 continues to enhance the set of integrations that connect Rational solution for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products to several third-party tools. Standard Edition provides usability and performance improvements, and updated environment support. Tasktop Edition provides new integrations, a new integration templates facility, and updated environment support.
03 Dec 2013
What's new in Rational Software Architect 9.0 and Design Manager 4.0.3
With IBM Rational Software Architect V9 you can model REST services that can be accessed using IBM Worklight software, build OSLC-compliant tools with the Eclipse Lyo Software Development Kit (SDK), and import and export UML models. Take advantage of support for new platforms, extended Business Process Model and Notation, and the ability to import Microsoft Visio diagrams into Rational Software Architect. In IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager V4.0.3, new functions make it easy to manage design changes, collaborate effectively, make use of lifecycle traceability, and understand the impact of a requirement or design change. In addition, you can now capture architectural decisions as part of models.
26 Nov 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #4 Design patterns reuse proven solutions
In hint #4 of Bruce Douglass's top 10 modeling hints series you'll learn about the importance of leveraging the experience and knowledge of other designers through abstraction or design pattern reuse.
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26 Nov 2013
Use Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in shared lab
By extending the Test Lab Manager component of the IBM Rational Quality Manager, you can safely manage shared test assets in a test lab among different teams and projects. This article describes how the IBM Tivoli Lab in Rome is piloting an integration of IBM Rational Quality Manager with IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager, to help test teams achieve enhanced productivity and cycle times, and improve their cost effectiveness.
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19 Nov 2013
IBM Rational DOORS getting started
This tutorial introduces IBM Rational DOORS and describes how to use Rational DOORS to collaborate about requirements, capture requirements, and trace how the requirements get implemented and deployed in the software. A related product, IBM Rational DOORS Web Access, gives distributed stakeholders the ability to see the requirements, trace the relationships between requirements, and participate in requirements discussions, all in a secure, online environment.
19 Nov 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #5 Only 4 (+1) diagrams are required
In tip #5 of his top 10 modeling hints Bruce Douglass explains Minimal SysML, a profile he created, as an easier way to adopt both UML and SysML
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19 Nov 2013
Stubs made easier with Rational Integration Tester
Integration testing can be challenging because although all components of an application must be tested not all components are necessarily available. With IBM Rational Integration Tester, a component of IBM Rational Test Workbench, you can create code-free, reusable, maintainable stubs, so testing can continue even if some components are missing. In addition, Rational Integration Tester provides comprehensive functional, regression, load, and integration testing to help reduce test cycle times and move integration testing earlier in the development lifecycle.
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19 Nov 2013
Create custom reports with BIRT and Rational Team Concert
IBM Rational Team Concert helps software development teams store and organize an enormous amount of information, including work plans and tasks, builds and tests, and source code and other files. IBM Rational Team Concert can also be customized to align with the processes and data gathering requirements of a project team. This article demonstrates how to create custom reports containing data from multiple custom attributes using Rational Team Concert with Eclipse Business Information and Reporting Tools (BIRT).
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12 Nov 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #6 Model-based hand offs preserve fidelity
Learn to build good system engineering models in such a way as to support the hand-off of models and text to downstream engineering.
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12 Nov 2013
Create high quality code with IDE's
Integrated development environments (IDEs) give developers specialized tools to create software. Rational Software Architect and Rational Application Developer are IDEs that provide automated tools to quickly create high quality code. An IDE makes it easier to detect, prevent, and resolve defects as the software is being developed. The savings gained by more efficient software maintenance can be applied to the effort to create more innovative products to increase revenue.
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12 Nov 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #7 Requirements models help you avoid early expensive defects
Bruce Douglass shows you how to make requirements that are more complete, more correct, more precise, and more accurate.
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05 Nov 2013
DevOps best practices: Develop reliable software with DevOps
Learn the best practices to use in order to create reliable software systems and avoid the high profile incidents that have recently impacted so many other companies.
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05 Nov 2013
A macro-pattern for public sector systems architecture
The article presents a common systems architecture pattern for public sector organizations that has been derived from a variety of different projects and use cases during the period 2010-2013. The pattern that is presented is sufficiently flexible to express all the use cases and can be used as an accelerator in the design of new systems architectures for public sector organizations.
05 Nov 2013
What's new in IBM Rational Application Developer V9.0 Portal Tools
The IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V9.0 portal toolkit has several new and enhanced features. Using code snippets and examples, this article illustrates these features, including jQuery tooling, Maven integration, Mac OS support, and simplified Dojo mobile view creation.
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29 Oct 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: 8: Napkin models are a good way to start a conversation, but a terrible way to end one
Don’t risk a failed system from imprecise thinking sketched on a napkin. #8 in Bruce Douglass’s top 10 modeling hints series helps you move from lightweight to high-fidelity models.
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29 Oct 2013
Introducing the new Version 9 IDEs
All of the IBM Rational integrated development environments (IDEs) have been enhanced to deliver new features, improved usability, and better integration. Stephen Henderson reviews a few of the major and most interesting features.
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23 Oct 2013
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: # 9 All models are abstractions but some are useful
System engineers have responded to the need for more rigor by adopting the UML and SysML standards. The standards are complex, and don’t provide guidance on how best to apply modeling techniques with these languages to effectively specify requirements and architectures, nor how to use modeling to perform trade studies and the various kinds of analyses required by systems engineering. Dr. Douglass has spent more than 30 years consulting on hundreds of project. He shares his observations and deep experience in this list of his top ten hints for model-based systems engineering.
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22 Oct 2013
Agile data analysis
This article describes techniques and tooling that can empower testers and other consumers of measurement data to interpret results in an adaptable way that should make data analysis more interactive.
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22 Oct 2013

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