Starting in the United States and Canada, IBM clients will be able move forward with their test environments using the IBM cloud. The IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud offering provides visibility, flexibility, speed and cost efficiencies.
The cool thing is that the cloud environment is multi-vendor and includes support for Linux, and Java and J2EE, and allows clients to work with their own images as well as images from IBM. Another big plus for you developers, who use Rational development tools or are interested in using them, there is the complementary - Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing - this includes custom image development and services for collection of Rational products and capabilities.
In addition to all this coolness, IBM offers a private development and test cloud option for those of you who want the benefits of cloud but need enhanced security.
Get a brief overview on how IBM CloudBurst can get you started quickly on Cloud computing. IBM CloudBurst is a family of built-for-purpose, workload-specific Cloud computing packages that provide IT executives with the capabilities required for a dynamic infrastructure. It provides service management which enables simplified use of scalable computing resources to the end user and IT administrative community. IBM CloudBurst is a quick-start to cloud computing. Simply roll it into your data center to quickly see the benefits of Cloud computing.
developerWorks demos help you discover what a product has to offer ranging from quick product walkthroughs, from installation and setup, and real-world scenarios. Watch and learn step by step and get tips and techniques before trying it yourself.
Here are the top 10 demos for 2010, that your colleagues have found very interesting. It is all part of building the skills to create a smarter planet, through software.
This is my grandfather in my grandmother's house coat. Well, the story goes like this - My grandfather went to Cape Cod for the weekend to visit my grandmother and their 3 daughters, who were spending the week on Cape Cod, one summer long long ago. Apparently, my grandfather, somehow fell into the water and did not have a backup set of clothes. He said he had asked my grandmother to bring extra clothes for him, but she says she did not hear that request. So while his clothes were cleaned and dried, he had to sport one of my grandmother's house coats. From the picture, you can see that my grandfather was very happy to document the occasion.
I guess there are 2 morals to this story. First, make sure you communicate your requirements properly. Second, make sure that there are no pictures taken of you, that you don't want put on the internet, 50 years after the fact, by your crazy grandchild. Of course, my grandfather was a big ham and being in advertising and a commercial artist, I'm sure he would love the thought of getting so much exposure (so to speak).
So how does this relate to software development? Let's see how I can stretch this.... You need to understand your development requirements and you also need to communicate them properly to the team and make sure they don't get lost in the shuffle of hectic software development cycles or vacations to Cape Cod..
In this demo, you will see how the integration between IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. Specifically, see examples of how to create a link from a requirement in a vision document artifact in Rational Requirements Composer to the work item stored in Rational Team Concert. Then see how to use filters to query across all the products on the Jazz platform. These capabilities help reduce project risk, reduce rework, and increase productivity.
I remember the days of software development when we had huge war room meetings to get status from each team lead. The project manager would manage these 2 or 3 hour meetings and hope to goodness that everyone would remember what requirements need to be updated, who is to fix which bug and well, the list goes on. The closer we got to the end of the development cycle, the longer and more frequent these meetings would be. What if all the managers, team leads and developers had a dashboard to evaluate progress and update status? What a concept!
There are many development tools that help teams communicate perfectly throughout the software development cycle. These tools will help enable teams to follow good software development habits and team communication will improve. Just understanding these tools and following the guidelines will get the team communicating like never before. I'll continue to mention different development tools that help you develop quality code quicker, throughout my blogs, but today I will focus on Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team concert.
Rational Team Concert collaborative development environment connects teams so they can work together to simplify, automate and govern software delivery in real time. Project mangers and others can gain greater visibility into individual and team work. They can reduce overhead balance resources and provide real-time insight. In addition, you can track project progress with dashboards that include real-time project statuses. Now this is every manager's dream to manage and view the status of a development project, without having huge war room meetings.
Another great product, Rational Requirements Composer helps teams define and use requirements effectively across the project lifecycle. The whole team creates and uses requirements. Better, faster requirements lead to less project rework, faster time to market, and better business outcomes. The earlier you know and manage your requirements, the more money you will save in rework. Get your customers and stakeholders involved early and manage your requirements so that everyone understands and communicates updates and priorities.
Now couple Rational Team Concert with Rational Requirements Composer and you have a match made in heaven. The beauty is that IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert are integrated. Check out the demo below and learn how the integration between IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. Specifically, see examples of how to create a link from a requirement in a vision document artifact in Rational Requirements Composer to the work item stored in Rational Team Concert. Then see how to use filters to query across all the products on the Jazz platform. These capabilities help reduce project risk, reduce rework, and increase productivity.
Check out the demo! Align business with Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert
Rational Developer for Power Systems Software is a modern, Eclipse-based, multi-lingual, integrated development environment targeting POWER Linux, AIX, and IBM i systems. This cool video will provide an overview of how Rational Developer for Power can be used to develop C and C++ applications for AIX and POWER Linux. Check it out!
IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation is a requirements management tool that you can use to capture, trace, analyze, and manage changes to information. It builds on the Rational DOORS 9 rich client and the Rational Requirements Composer web client.
Rational DOORS Next Generation includes a rich client and a web client. You can use the rich client to quickly create and manage business requirements. In the web client, you can further define, elicit, capture, elaborate, discuss, and review requirements and artifacts.
The rich client is based on IBM Rational DOORS 9, and the web client is based on IBM Rational Requirements Composer.
It runs on the Jazz™ platform. This product is the first step in the process to bring Rational DOORS more fully into the requirements management (RM) space of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management, where it can integrate with Rational tools in other spaces, such as change and configuration management (CCM) and quality management (QM).
Rational DOORS Next Generation can also integrate with third-party products.
Rational Build Forge enables high-performance builds and agile software development. Its adaptiveness helps development teams standardize repetitive tasks, manage compliance mandates, and share information. It automates and accelerates software assembly and delivery processes and streamlines build management.
You can communicate with the Build Forge server using the management console or the Build Forge client provided during installation. This helps to manage users and resources, to set up and schedule test projects, and to generate and analyze reports. What is important is to give users access to only what they need and manage users in groups. Build Forge is great at managing users.
Check out this demo that shows how users are given access to objects in the Rational® Build Forge® system. It demonstrates the relationships of users, access groups and permissions, and using subgroups to set up hierarchical access. See how to create a user, create a notification access group, and create an access group that allows users to edit projects.
IBM® Rational® Focal Point™ provides market - and business-driven product and portfolio management - helping executives and teams to make the right decisions to deliver business, customer and market value.
Here are some highlights of Rational Focal Point, but don't forget to check out the demo below: Demo
- Capture inputs from customers, analysts, market research, and internal stakeholders and prioritize on which ones will provide the most value to the business. - Utilize visualization, prioritization, and unique road mapping and planning capabilities to ensure that plans are innovative, valuable and achievable. - Centralize information key to decision-making, status reporting and portfolio reviews to escape the chaos of managing data in emails, documents, and spreadsheets; speeding the ability to respond to changing market and business conditions. - Overcome the influence of the loudest voice in the room and use objective information to support decision making. - Reduce risk and improve cost estimations of investments by modeling financial and market impacts and by performing scenario, statistical and financial analysis. - Integrate enterprise architecture plans and project execution into portfolio management to ensure enterprise and project-level decisions are aligned with financial and market needs. - Quickly realize the benefits of Product and Portfolio Management and reduce costs of implementations by utilizing pre-defined configurations based on best practices.
Check out the demo and learn how IBM Rational Focal Point helps organizations achieve their overall company goals. Project portfolio management can be described as methods for analyzing and collectively managing a group of current or proposed projects based on numerous key characteristics. This demo explains how Rational Focal Point provides visibility into each project's total expected cost, consumption of resources, expected timeline, benefits to be realized, and relationship or inter-dependencies with other projects in the portfolio.
IBM® Rational® Rhapsody® Architect for Software provides software development environment for real time and embedded software development based on a UML/SysML.
Embedded software developers can leverage an integrated software development environment for C, C++, Java or C# code that helps improve application consistency through UML based modeling to visualize and document the design of embedded and real time applications.
* Visualize architecture and design with industry standard UML or SysML * Generate C, C++, Java or C# code frames * Reverse engineer C, C++, Java or C# code for visualization and documentation * Integration within Eclipse development environment for integrated code, model and debugging operations * Maintain consistency of architecture, design, code and documentation automatically * Author AUTOSAR 4.0 compliant automotive applications * Leverage MARTE profile for architecting multi core applications * Trace requirements to design to deliver the right product to market * Collaborate using model-based differencing and merging features, including an integration with the Jazz- based IBM® Rational® Team Concert solution * Rational Rhapsody Architect for Software 7.5.3 adds support for Rational Rhapsody TestConductor Add On to apply testing to code visualized
This demonstration shows how to develop embedded software using the Rational Rhapsody Architect for Software development environment. The Rational Rhapsody development environment enables developers to visually capture their applications to automate manual coding tasks and communicate their designs. Learn how to import existing C++ code and synchronize it with a UML model, automatically create diagrams to understand the relationships in the code, and then document the design for external reports.
The workflow integration with Eclipse is illustrated by using Rational Rhapsody Architect for Software to turn the code into a simple 'ping pong' console game. It illustrates how, using code centric settings, dynamic synchronization with the code can be achieved, enabling the user to make updates in either the model or the code while still preserving the existing layout and structure. This enables developers to more easily adopt modeling on existing code projects or where preservation of code layout is critical to success.
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Are you at a loss on how your business uses it's services? For example, not having a roadmap of critical applications and servers and how they relate to each other. If you have servers that are set to be decommissioned in the future and/or need to know how to recover from a disaster, from a down server, you need to know what applications are dependent on what servers for planning purposes. Rational® System Architect and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) add-in helps you discover how your business uses its services.
Rational® System Architect and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) add-in shows you how your business plans and processes, IT applications and hardware interrelate. It Maps the landscape of your software programs and services and shows you how they depend on one another. This is all about smart software and saving money and improving the effectiveness and reliability of your business services.
Check out the 3 part demo series that demonstrates this for you!
Service-oriented architecture analysis with Rational System Architect, Part 1
In this 6-part demos series, watch and learn about a day in the life of an agile development team. From a requirement to the final test run, watch how the team solves problems using smart software. You'll see demos of Rational Team Concert, Rational DOORS, Rational Rhapsody, and Rational Quality Manager, all working together.
Part 1 shows creating a requirement Part 2 shows defining the sprint goal and aligning the test cases Part 3 shows creating a test plan Part 4 shows developing an integrating a build Part 5 shows executing test cases and submitting defects
Don't we love to see real world scenarios where software products help reduce costs and improve productivity.
In the energy and utilities sector, rising energy costs and technology advances are leading to more informed and involved utility customers. They want to know how much energy they are using, where they can optimize usage, and in some cases, how to implement their own renewable energy sources. This is all done through smart technologies including software.
Utilities are a critical link to improving energy efficiency, integrating renewable sources of energy and addressing climate change. IBM can add a layer of intelligence to your utility, using the power of information
From a business management perspective, IBM can also provide software, solution accelerators and best practices to help Energy and Utility companies reduce operating costs, accelerate deployment of intelligent network programs (like smart grids), provide energy management tools to consumers and limit security threats while reliably delivering electricity, gas or water.
And here is the demo...
In this example, see how Rational® Focal Point can be used in the energy and utilities sector, showing some of the major portfolio management challenges facing the industry. See how Focal Point meets those challenges by utilizing many of the monitoring, prioritization, and decision making capabilities featured in the solution.
This week I'll be talking about RAD and the runtime analysis feature, the debug tool and reverse transformations.
Within RAD, the runtime analysis feature allows you to view the actual execution of the code, which may be different from the intended behavior. With profiling, you can analyze performance, method execution sequences, thread behaviors and code coverage. With the Runtime Analysis feature, you can do: - Performance Analysis: users can collect method level performance data and view it through statistical views or via the performance call graph - Memory Leak Analysis: users can find memory leaks within their Java code. The leaks can be viewed using the Object Reference Graph to better explore relationships of the object to other objects. - Line Level Code Coverage: shows what code has been executed down to the line level. - Thread Analysis: within a view, thread-view of the behavior code is shown.
All runtime analysis instrumentation is specified via profile configurations (done through a wizard).
RAD provides a comprehensive debug tool. It is a Java and mixed language debugger - Seamless integration when debugging application that calls other languages from Java and vice versa.
It provides Advanced debug support for Websphere Application Server, including EJBs, JSP pages, and servlets. It controls debugging at a higher level and provides the user the ability to stop on entry to every object loaded by the JVM or server. The XSLT debugger enables you to detect and diagnose errors in XSLT Transformations and it displays variables in a logical manner, allowing the user to examine variables more easily.
In addition, RAD provides reverse transformations. It allows teams to work on both the design and the implementation and to reconcile any differences between the two. So for example,let’s say we have an architecture team and an implementation team that are divided, either by geography or because one team is subcontracting to the other, or even by corporate culture. The architecture team completes its version 1.0 of the system, and transforms the model to code.
The implementation team picks up the code and begins to work. The architecture team continues to work on the design, and after some time creates a v1.1 of the architecture. This architecture is forward transformed and integrated with the work done by the implementation team.
So far, so good?
Now, the implementation team introduces a significant deviation from the architecture developed by the architecture team. Here is where the reverse transformation or code-to-model transformation can be used. The implementation team performs the code-to-model transform. The architecture team can then compare/merge this model with the architecture model they are working with. Some changes could be accepted and others could be rejected. Once the reconciliation has occurred, a code-to-model transformation could be performed to conform the implementation with the newest architecture.
When the architectural deviation is introduced, a dialogue would need to take place between the architecture and implementation teams so that both teams could better understand why the deviation was introduced. The forward transformation that occurs after the reconciliation probably would not delete code elements if those code elements were not the product of forward transformation in the first place. The deletion of the code elements would often be done manually.
In summary, IBM Rational Application Developer provides: Web application development J2EE application development Rich Client development Web Services development Visual application development Portal and Portlet application development Code quality tools Software development process guidance
This demo shows a transfer scenario involving a Web application deployed on an IBM® Websphere® Application Server. It takes a look at parking debug sessions and how to transfer debug sessions through Sametime.
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This week I'm going to continue the conversation with some additional features RAD has, that will help you develop software in a team environment more affectively. Here I will talk about the RAD database tools, developing portlets and the code review tool.
It is important to know that RAD includes database tools to assist developers in creating and maintaining applications that access and use relational databases. Support is provided for the most commonly used database products. The tools allow developers to access previously defined databases or to create database definitions. Wizards and frameworks are provided for XML-based data access, JavaBeans-based data access, and for using SQLJ to access the data. The tools provided in Rational Application Developer are intended to give a developer everything needed to build applications using relational databases, they are not meant as database administrator (DBA) or data architect tools.
RAD also provides tools for developing portlets. You can construct your portlet much as you would a Web page, by using a visual editor and dragging and dropping components from a palette. There is a Quick Edit view for inserting scripts into your page. There is a Data view that lets you bind data to the UI components. Additionally, there are portlet-specific components, such as Click-2-Action, which creates a data flow between two portlets, and People Awareness, which provides information on users logged into the portal. The tools allow you to create many types of portlets, and to use either the IBM portlet API or the JSR 168 portlet API. Portlets can be tested and debugged within the IDE (integrated development environment) using the included WebSphere Portal Test Environment.
Within RAD, the Code Review tool (used for Code Quality Assurance), is a rule-based static analysis tool, for automatic validation of Java code. It is used for correctness and compliance with coding standards and best practices.
It covers: J2SE and J2EE Best Practices Globalization Deep analysis of J2EE code - validation of data flow across compilation units of a J2EE application Looks across project without running code – statically Rules can be extended through rule templates Quick Code Review – 34 rules QuickFix (shown as lightbulb) Complete Code Review – 200+ rules (all rules) - When you change to the property of rules, change happens for all Reviews - Rules are part of tool, not the project
This demo shows a typical transfer scenario using the Team Debug feature. It provides an overview of the setup process, the debug artifacts included in a transfer, and how to search and retrieve debug sessions.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
As a software development team, what is your challenge? My experience is that development teams need to have a structured approach to application development. A software development team has to develop applications for multiple projects, often running on multiple platforms. The applications must, of course, be of the highest quality and use industry standards and best practices.
Some key discussion points that development teams must be concerned with are: - Building scalable applications and services - Reducing rework and defects - Improving quality and performance - Matching application complexity to team skills - Reuse - Interoperability
- Coordination and planning
These are not easy things to manage. IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) is the product that addresses the structured application development challenge. RAD provides tools for developing J2EE, portal, Web services, and SOA applications.
It, is built on Eclipse, so it can be extended to meet your needs. It has many visual design and development tools for greater productivity, including UML visual modeling tools, that let you use UML notation to create code.
RAD provides a host of tools for developing and consuming Web services, building components for use in a service-oriented architecture and building web 2.0 applications. It also provides runtime environments on both WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal server for development and testing. It can also be used to develop applications running in other runtime environments, such as Tomcat, Geronimo, and others.
RAD comes with a host of visual tools for designing Web sites and Web pages. It provides extensive tooling and support for building JSF applications. It also provides tools to create and use Service Data Objects (SDOs) to access various data sources and to bind SDOs to UI components.
So if you want to be a RAD software development team, you may want to check out Rational Application Developer. It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software and that starts with smart software development tools.
This demo highlights the enhanced Web 2.0, rich Internet application development features in Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere® Software V7.5. Learn how to build a simple AJAX application that displays data from a database using Java™ Persistence API (JPA). See how easy it is to create a responsive Web user interface using Rational Application Developer features such as code generation, wizards and integrated test servers to develop applications faster than ever before.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software