In this blog entry, I will provide a basic overview of the RD Traveler Web Client, starting from the Home view, which provides easy access to RD Traveler's key features.
The RD Traveler home view can be accessed using the following URL: http://<domain>:<port>/RDT/home/Home.html (where domain and port values are specific to your installation). If this is the first time the application has been loaded, or if an automatic logout has occurred, the RD Traveler login view will be displayed:
(RD Traveler Login View)
After logging in, the browser is automatically re-directed to the RD Traveler Home view:
(RD Traveler Home View)
On the Home view, the following operations are available:
- Explore - Selecting this option will open the RD Traveler Navigator view, which can be used to explore the currently configured host file system.
- Recent Files - The Recent Files view displays the last 20 files that were opened with RD Traveler, in any browser and on any device, making it easy to access files that were opened with different browsers or devices. Selecting a file from this view will open the editor on that file.
- Settings - Selecting this option will open the Settings view, which can be used to configure the settings of RD Traveler
- Logout - The Logout option will logout the current user
From the application header, which is displayed on every view in the RD Traveler web client, the following options are available:
- RD Traveler Icon - Clicking on the RD Traveler icon will open the Home view
- Menu Icon - Selecting the Menu icon will display the following options, which makes it easy to navigate between views without having to access the Home view:
(RD Traveler Main Menu)
- User Settings - Clicking on the User Settings icon will display the following options, which also makes it easy to access the settings page or to logout without accessing the Home view:
(RD Traveler User Menu)
It is worth noting that since the RD Traveler application is a three tier system, consisting of the Web Client, WebSphere Liberty Application Server, and Host Server, there are two sets of credentials that are required to access the Navigator view and the Editor view. The first set of credentials, which provides access to the WebSphere Liberty Application Server tier, are also required for all other views within the application. The second set of credentials are used to access the Host Server tier, and are not required to be the same credentials as the Application Server tier. When the Navigator view and the Editor view are first opened, if the Host credentials have not been provided, the Host Login view is automatically displayed:
(RD Traveler Host Login View)
While using RD Traveler, if the user credentials are no longer available (i.e. automatic logout after a specified amount of time, expired credentials, etc), a message that looks like the following will be displayed:
(RD Traveler - Authentication Required)
Clicking on the link provided will open the appropriate login view in another window, and the operation can be re-run once the credentials have been provided.
In addition to the Home view and menu options listed above, which make it easy to access the different views provided by RD Traveler, the power of the modern web browser can also be leveraged to enhance the user experience. For example, direct access to specific views can be bookmarked or shared with others, which is possible because the URL of each view includes a resource name (i.e. localhost:9080/RDT/edit/edit.html#/ZOS/MVSFiles/USER26.ANAGRAM.COBOL/ANAGRAM). Also, multiple instances of the same view, operating on the same resource or different resources, can be opened in separate browser windows or tabs, which means that views can be stacked or spread out across multiple monitors, etc.
This blog entry has provided a brief guide to getting started with RD Traveler. In future blog entries, I will cover some of the additional features that are provided by RD Traveler, but for now, let us know if you have any questions or comments.