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Yesterday the RSARTE team delivered the first version of a plugin that provides a number of utilities for fixing subtle and hidden problems in an RSARTE model. Over time we have identified a number of such problems in models which have been migrated from Rose RT (often caused by limitations or bugs in the version of the Rose RT importer that was used in the migration). There are also examples where bugs in older versions of RSARTE have introduced problems in a model, problems that are hidden and hence can be really tricky to detect and fix without some kind of tool support.
The Model Fixup plugin can initially be used for checking if your model contains any problems that can be fixed by the plugin. If such problems are found, you can then use the plugin for correcting the model.
This first version of the plugin provides 5 different fixup utilities. You are encouraged to install the plugin and at least use it for checking if your model is affected by any of the known problems.
Go here to download and read more about the Model Fixup plugin. It's a good idea to bookmark that page and visit it occasionally, because as we learn about new kinds of model problems we will deliver updated versions of this plugin.
MattiasMohlin 270003TR77 119 Views
Sprint 2016.32 is now over, and the RSARTE development team has delivered an updated version of RSARTE 10.
The following features are new in this release (references to pages in the updated What's New presentation are included in brackets):
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The deliveries from sprint 2016.29 are now available. This sprint we will only ship an update of our RSARTE 10 stream. The 9.1.2 CP1 stream is in maintenance mode and during this sprint we did not receive any critical items that had to be fixed. Instead we have included an update (version 5.1) of our Model Fixup utility. The main improvement in this area is support for RSARTE 10 and Eclipse Mars. See the Model Fixup page for more information.
In the RSARTE 10 drop we have included a number of usability enhancements as well as a number of fixes in the (still experimental) new search feature.
The usability improvements include:
You can find more details about the fixes in the WhatsNew presentation. See pages 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23.
In the search area we have also in this sprint focussed on the key search work flow: Searching, investigating the search results and navigating to found matches. The improvements in this area includes:
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Sprint 2016.26 is now finished and the results are available for download. As usual we deliver both updated 9.1.2 CP1 and 10.0 versions and both of these versions are recommended for production use. Most of the work is aimed at improving the RSARTE 10 version, the 9.1.2 CP1 stream is mainly for maintenance and we only fix urgent problems in this stream
In the new (still experimental) search feature we have in this sprint focused on performance improvements and the usability and stability of the core work flow: Search, explore search results and navigate to found matches. The result is available in the RSARTE 10 drop.
In the build and code generation area we have fixed an issue with Lint warnings that was triggered by an equality operator in generated code. We have also removed a validation check for lower bound port cardinality that did not make sense for UML-RT style models. So now less warnings when running the RSARTE code generator!
The project explorer has also been improved in the new drop: We now have an improved visualization of multiplicity values and a problem with unnecessary instance specification nodes have been resolved.
We also got some feedback on the installation instructions when using the Eclipse installer to script installation of RSARTE. As a result we have updated the installation document available at the RSARTE 10 release page. It now also contains an example setup file that can be used as a starting point for a customized automatic installation of RSARTE using the Eclipse installer.
More information about the changes can be found in the updated What's New presentation. New pages include 16-17 with project explorer improvements and and 20-21 for code generation changes.
MattiasMohlin 270003TR77 237 Views
The deliveries of sprint 2016.23 are now available for download. As usual we deliver both updated 9.1.2 CP1 and 10.0 versions. Both these versions are recommended for production use.
For RSARTE 10 the following improvements are worth mentioning. Read more about them in the What's new presentation (page numbers within square brackets below):
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Our sprint 2016.20 has ended and as a result there are now two new versions available for RSARTE: 9.1.2 CP1 2016.20 and 10.0 2016.20. Both are recommended for production usage.
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RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 2016.17
Except for this, 9.1.2 CP1 only saw a few bug fixes in this release. Our goal is to keep 9.1.2 CP1 as stable as possible and most of our efforts will instead be spent on version 10.
RSARTE 10.0 2016.17
Our theme for this release of RSARTE 10 has been to improve "Compare/Merge". In particular we have worked on the usability of the Compare/Merge. Many model changes are now easier to understand due to improved grouping of changes and better change descriptions.
Also, there are two new preferences (in General - Compare/Patch - Modeling Compare/Merge - UML Compare/Merge):
Conflict suppression strategy: Defines which version of a change to select for conflicts that can be suppressed. By default the local version from your workspace (left contributor) will be selected. The corresponding command-line option is -CPconflictSuppressionStrategy=left|right
Pure presentation conflicts: Set this preference to "Ignore" if you don't care about conflicts in the presentation, for example position of symbols or routing of lines. Such pure presentation conflicts will then be suppressed. The corresponding command-line option is -CPconflictSuppression=notation=on|off
ElenaS 270005VGDC 486 Views
Long-awaited RSA RTE 2016.14 has been released today. Major event of this sprint is finalization of first official version of RSA RTE 10! It is now the production quality. We also continue to work on improvement for RSA RTE 9.1.2 CP1 since main users are still extensively using this version.
RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 2016.14
Main focus of this sprint was improvement of stability for key functionality of our tool: compare/merge, code generation and diagrams. We have fixed several issues reported by our customers. Impressive number of incidents received with our Feedback module has been analyzed and 14 of them were fixed.
Also we continue evaluation of "Context sensitive library build" feature and improved sources closure analysis, added a couple of new information messages.
2) Dependencies to nested class are considered as dependencies to enclosing class, and enclosing class is also included into the sources closure:
3) If an element has got NativeType defined then its UML type is ignored for context sensitive closure.
However, some more testing remains to complete this work, so hopefully this feature will be fully available during one of our future releases.
RSARTE 10.0 2016.14
This is the day that we have been waiting for a long number of sprints. Team efforts ultimately resulted in the first official release of RSA RTE 10 version. During this sprint we have been working on finalization of licensing, installation and performance issues for this major version. You can now check all advantages that goes with new eclipse Mars.2(1) and new CDT versions. Apart from that, we remind you that some of the functionality became optional to install (TargetRTS, Connexis, Feedback module, EGit integration, Sketcher, CORBA) and some were removed (RTJava, UAL), several RSA components were also excluded from our installation. All this together brought performance acceleration of main user workflows: starting from installation, models loading and ending up in code indexing.
Several things remain to be incomplete such as integration with ClearCase CTE. This work is planned to be finished during one of upcoming sprints.
We strongly recommend to follow your complete pre-deployment test routines before using this version in production.
ElenaS 270005VGDC 567 Views
We have released new sprint drops for the week 2016.11. Several improvements were made for RSA RTE 9.1.2 CP1, and we continue to work on evaluation of new RSARTE 10. You already can test new eclipse and RSARTE functionality but it is not final release, so do not use it for production.
RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 2016.11
A new experimental option has been added to transformation configurations: "EXPERIMENTAL Include unit header file without unit subdirectory path" for both C and C++ transformations. The unit header file is included in each generated C++ file. By default the #include directive looks like this:
Also added support for $(TCONFIG_NAME) in "Unit subdirectory", "Unit name", "Target configuration name" for C and C++ transformations. So, for example, you would be able to use $(TCONFIG_NAME) as target configuration name and Unit subdirectory and get unit files generated into the target configuration folder.
RSARTE 10.0 2016.11
During this sprint we also released new version of ModelFixup plugin which is 4.0, new fixup has been added there as well as several fixes made.
MattiasMohlin 270003TR77 570 Views
We were slightly delayed, but today we are finally ready to deliver another version of RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 which we recommend for production use. We also deliver an updated evaluation version of RSARTE 10.0. Remember to only use it for evaluation and testing.
RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 2016.08
The implementation of the "context sensitive library" build feature has now been finalized. The feature is still marked as experimental in this release, but in the next delivery we expect it to be a standard (non-experimental) feature of the product.
The object files that are produced when building a TC in a context sensitive way are now put together into a library rather than being linked directly with. This avoids the problem with getting too long command-lines (something which we previously attempted to solve with the gcc specific @file argument). By placing the object files in a library we now have a solution that works on all supported compilers. Note that these libraries will be limited versions of the regular libraries that are built for a prerequisite TC since they only will contain object files for referenced elements. These libraries are therefore placed in the output folder of the TC that is built.
Other than this, the new version of RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 also contains fixes for a few bugs that have been discovered.
RSARTE 10.0 2016.08
The following have been done in this version:
In addition we have continued to improve the quality of the new version and it should now be very close to that of 9.1.2 CP1.
MattiasMohlin 270003TR77 475 Views
Another three weeks have passed and it's time for a new release of RSARTE. The release contains an updated version of RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 which now is the latest and greatest RSARTE version which we recommend for production use. We also release an evaluation version of the upcoming RSARTE 10.0. Needless to say you should only use this version for testing.
RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 2016.05
If either of these preferences are set, the prerequisite libraries of a transformation configuration will be built in a context sensitive way, meaning that only those elements of the libraries that are referenced by source elements of the built transformation configuration will be built. They will be built into object files which are directly linked with the executable or library that corresponds to the top-level transformation configuration.
1_PREREQ_OBJS_LISTFILE = 1.prereq_olist
1_LIBS = @$(1_PREREQ_OBJS_LISTFILE)
Note that this feature only is supported when using inclusive makefiles and GCC.
RSARTE 10.0 2016.05
This is where the RSARTE development team now spends most of its efforts. For more information about the recent progress on this new major version please see this presentation.
MattiasMohlin 270003TR77 581 Views
The first release of RSARTE for the year is now available: 9.1.2 CP1 2016.02. You will notice that, except for a bunch of bug fixes, there are not so many news in this release compared to the previous one. The reason is that our development team now is spending most of their efforts on the upcoming version 10.0, which we expect should be ready approximately by the end of March.
The main new feature in this release is something we call "context sensitive library builds". It is an evolution of the work for detecting source dependencies automatically, and it's controlled by a preference UML Development - Real Time C++ Transformations - Context sensitive library builds. When this preference is enabled, full libraries for prerequisite TCs will not be built. Instead, only object files for those parts of the libraries that are actually used by source elements of the built TC will be produced. It is common that an executable only uses a small subset of everything that is present in its libraries, and by only building the parts of libraries that are really used, the total build time can be significantly reduced.
Note that "context sensitive library build" is currently an experimental feature, and further improvements are being worked on for the next release.
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Today we release RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 2015.49 which will be the last delivery for the year. As usual there are lots of improvements, and I'd like to mention the following:
Java API for compare/merge and EGit operations
We have extended the API based on the feedback we got from the previous release:
Internal transitions compartment for state chart diagram
The representation of the compartment in the presentation model was modified to avoid backwards incompatibility with previous releases. This means that it's now possible to use this new compartment, and still be able to open the model in an older version of RSARTE. Therefore this feature is no longer experimental.
The product feedback utility helps us at IBM to improve the quality of RSARTE. It can collect reports on quality problems such as slow performance, hangings, crashes and internal errors, and send these reports to us. See this article for information on how to install, configure and use the product feedback utility.
Easier to edit Property Sets code snippets from the Properties view
If you want to edit several Property Sets code snippets for the same element it's convenient to do it from the Properties view where you can see the overview of all available code snippets. Previously when the "Edit" hyperlink was clicked in order to edit one of these code snippets, the opening of the code editor would lead to that the General tab in the Properties view got focus. Now this has been fixed so that the Property Sets tab stays active while you edit the code snippets.
Different ways of initializing multi-dimensional arrays
You can now choose between two different ways of initializing multi-dimensional arrays:
The choice is controlled by a new preference in UML Development - RealTime C++ Transformations:
MattiasMohlin 270003TR77 703 Views
The latest and greatest RSARTE release is now RSARTE 9.1.2 CP1 2015.46. For this delivery I'd like to mention the following improvements:
Java API for compare/merge operations
RSARTE now contains a new API plugin com.ibm.xtools.umldt.rt.api. This plugin provides an API for invoking compare/merge operations programmatically. In the future the plugin will be extended to also contain other public APIs for RSARTE.
Improved feedback when reordering internal transitions and comments by drag/drop
The visual feedback you get when reordering items in an internal transitions compartment has been improved. It's now easier to see exactly where the moved transitions or comments will be inserted.
Hiding items in the internal transitions compartment
Comments and internal transitions shown in an internal transitions compartment can now be hidden without having to use the Sort/Filter Compartment Items dialog. Select the comments and transitions you want to hide, then perform the context menu command Hide Compartment Items.
Creating state comments
It's now easier to create state comments to be shown in the internal transitions compartment of a state or state chart diagram. You can create such comments either by the context menu command Add UML - State Comment or by using the popup toolbar that appears for the state or internal transitions compartment:
Highlighting non-visible labels
The highlighting for selected lines and their connected symbols that was introduced in the previous release has now been further improved. It's now possible to also highlight labels for the selected line, and its connected symbols, when these labels are outside the visible region of a diagram. Currently this is an experimental feature, which is enabled by setting the preference UML Development - Real Time - Diagrams - Highlight Connections - Show label highlight even if the label is not visible.
Highlights for non-visible labels contain a hyperlink. If you click it the diagram will scroll to make the label visible. This feature is hence useful as a means for navigating around in big diagrams with long lines. Here is an example:
The RSARTE EGit integration now supports squash merge. Previously the commit IDs were not correctly computed when using squash merge, but this has now been fixed.