We all know that we are in one of the worst economies since the early 80's. I'm not going to talk about how we got here, but how can we survive it. Just when we thought that job losses were slowing down, it was announced that jobless claims increased. If you have lost your job and even if you currently have one, there are two important things you need to continue to grow...Your skills and your social network.
Cheryl Palmer who is a certified executive career coach at Call To Career in Silver Spring, Md. says "Never take your career for granted. You should be constantly updating your skills and keeping your network viable. Too many people get too comfortable in their jobs and don't think about what may come next."
If you are in the technical field, you have hit the right spot.. developerWorks. Not only can you grow your skills using developerWorks resources, but you can grow your technical network using the developerWorks community. Check out "New to the Community".
Also, consider growing your skills by taking a tutorial , and watching a technical demo of products and technologies that may interest you.
All this may help you get certified on a product or technology that you can add to your resume.
Developing the right products for the right market at the right time is no simple task. That is where IBM® Rational® Focal Point™ comes in -- a configurable, Web-based product and portfolio management solution that links strategy to execution. During this demo, you'll see how Focal Point helps promote successful products by helping product teams and stakeholders focus on what is most important to your customer and to your business.
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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
Do you need to learn Enterprise JavaBeans real quickly? This is a really cool Enterprise JavaBeans with Rational Application Developer for WebSphere course. This 9-part video demonstration will show you how to use Enterprise JavaBeans to create a simple blog web application. Starting from a fresh installation of Rational Application Developer, the course will take you step by step through how to create a local WebSphere instance and how to create and write an Enterprise JavaBean. Then you will learn how to create an Apache Derby database, and how to take advantage of the Java Persistence API for database storage. Finally, It will show you how to create a web project which uses the Enterprise JavaBean you created earlier. Then the video course will run the web application and you will see the JavaBean in action with the final blog web application.
Here are the nine parts. Sit back and enjoy viewing this educational video course!
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
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.
Application security is very important and interesting. We all do personal business on the web whether it is online banking or shopping. We all expect and demand that our information we enter is secure and not vulnerable to attacks. We also need to assure that the applications we develop are secure. It is our responsibility as developers, to help create a smarter and more secure planet. Rational application security software helps IT and security professionals protect against the threat of attacks and data breaches. If you use applications to collect or exchange sensitive or personal data, your job as a security professional is harder now than ever before. IBM Rational AppScan is a leading application security testing suite designed to help manage vulnerability testing throughout the software development life cycle. Did I mention that it is our most popular demo? AppScan offers automated solutions for all types of security testing - outsourced, individual, and enterprise-wide analysis - and for all types of users - application developers, build managers, quality assurance teams, penetration testers, security auditors, and senior management.
AppScan delivers a comprehensive solution for organizations concerned about identifying and correcting security vulnerabilities in applications before they go live. The combination of static and dynamic analysis security testing delivers leading accuracy of vulnerability identification and remediation. By integrating security analysis across all stages of the software delivery life cycle and by offering solutions for all critical software lifecycles, you can address a wider range of security and compliance issues to more effectively reduce business risk and improve return on investment.
Design security into your business - help create a smarter more secure planet!
Now check out one of our most popular demos - AppScan This demo takes you through the process of scanning a Web application for security vulnerabilities using Rational AppScan Standard Edition.
IBM ILOG JViews Enterprise provides a “one stop shop” of advanced graphical displays for enterprise software developers who need to build custom user interfaces.
Developers can use JViews Enterprise to add a variety of rich, interactive Java visualization displays—including diagrams, dashboards, maps, charts and schedules— to desktop and Ajax-enhanced Web user interfaces. This reduces development time and risk, while delivering a superior user experience.
Some of the specific display types IBM ILOG JViews Enterprise provides are:
- Diagrams, used to show objects and their interconnections. Typical uses include flowcharts, organization charts, network topologies, and process modelers. View diagram samples. - Dashboards, which are unified collections of individual display objects (for example, charts, gauges, and maps) that graphically convey current business metrics to the user. In addition to business dashboards, process control dashboards, which show the status of physical equipment, are also supported. View dashboard samples. - Maps show where assets are physically located. Assets are often tied to underlying system data, and may change position or shape to reflect current status. View a map sample. - Charts are a classic display, used to depict a series of data points. They can be used to show both historical data as well as real-time values. View sample charts. - Schedules are a specialized types of chart display used to show how business resources are allocated over time. View a schedule sample.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet with smart development tools
Some 65% of software projects fail to meet their stated objectives on time and on budget, driving $300 billion (USD) in unanticipated costs.
That is shocking, isn't it? Today’s solution delivery challenge is building better software, faster, despite ever-changing business goals
IBM Rational Software Architecture (RSA) really helps you innovate, collaborate and accelerate delivery within your enterprise. In a tight economy or even a great economy, these are not luxuries. These are necessities that give you a competitive edge and help you meet your development objectives.
Where RSA differentiates itself is collaboration. RSA is built on Jazz and this collaborative platform ties into your software delivery project. Unlike other software, where your models often become pictures of what is ‘thought’ to be implemented. RSA is integrated into the software delivery lifecycle, so your models can evolve with implementations and as new design details are identified, they can be communicated to stakeholders in real time. Designs can also be used to jumpstart development with "out of the box" transformations such as JEE5 from UML, unlike other abstractions, which are merely pictures that become obsolete quickly. With RSA your delivered code will match the design specifications. This means, you will not have ‘rushes’ to produce documentation for compliance audits and maintenance and enhancement of your applications will take an average of half the time and half the cost.
Many questions that come up in project status meetings are: what is the impact a requirement change has on the code? On the project deadline? On the project budget? If a ‘minor’ change is requested, for example, instead of 1000 simultaneous log-ons it should be 10000 or a minor process change due to newly announced regulations, what impact does it have on the project? Can these changes be accommodated? What does it mean to the status of the project?
RSA Integrates all aspects of software delivery lifecycle giving you a window into all of the surrounding software development phases – really linking design to all those phases. With views into requirements, your business processes, your change management and version control process – you truly do have a comprehensive integrated platform that is aligned to business goals, with an infrastructure for impact analysis.
Here is a list of benefits:
Abstraction (DSL, Deployment): Makes solving problems quicker, and easier - Bridge the Business-IT Gap with business and architectural models and SOA - Leverage your heterogeneous environments targeting a mix of Java/JEE/WebSphere/C++/C#/Microsoft .NET and other technologies - Better team collaboration leveraging the power of abstraction and the power of the Jazz platform integrated with Rational Team Concert - Mitigate risks, reduce costs, and improve outcomes by leveraging the techniques of abstraction-based communication, traceability, impact analysis - Manage evolution of, and adherence to, design contracts as development is carried out by geographically and/or organizationally distributed teams
Automation: lets you focus creative solution not repetitive tasks … automate mundane, repetitive tasks - Eliminate the mechanical and mundane, and focus on the creative. - Achieve high returns on investment by automating development with abstractions, patterns, and transformations that are tailored to your specific domains and architectures. - DSL services and tools to help define a custom environment for just enough modeling (tailored, simplified, adaptable) for the business.
Simplification: reuse, don’t start from a blank slate
RSA also has collaborative development asset sharing with Rational Asset Manager, live debug sharing with Rational Team Concert and SOA architectural freedom with WebSphere Business Modeler and WebSphere Integration Developer. It is important that tools integrate and talk to each other.This is all part of working smarter through collaboration and accelerate delivery. In other words, creating software with smart integrated tools to develop software faster and at a lower cost.
Don't let your development project fall into the 65% of software projects that fail to meet their stated objectives on time and on budget.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software.
We have seen a growing interest in database management systems that differ from the traditional relational model. At the heart of this is the concept of NoSQL, a term used collectively to denote database software that does not use the Structured Query Language (SQL) to interact with the database. One of the more notable NoSQL projects out there is MongoDB, an open source document-oriented database that stores data in collections of JSON-like documents. What sets MongoDB apart from other NoSQL databases is its powerful document-based query language, which makes the transition from a relational database to MongoDB easy because the queries translate quite easily.
MongoDB is a scalable, high-performance, document-oriented schemaless database. In this short demo, long-time developerWorks contributor Andrew Glover introduces MongoDB, provides a quick tour of its use, and helps you understand where it's most applicable.
To continue my Rational Developer for POWER series, the Rational Developer for POWER Systems Software is a modern, Eclipse-based, multilingual, integrated development environment targeting POWER Linux, AIX, and IBM i systems. This video provides a step by step demonstration on how to create a new C/C++ project based on existing source files residing remotely on an AIX or POWER Linux server machine.
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.
This blog we will discuss Ant files and log filters. In IBM Rational Build Forge log filters specify success criteria for a step using regular expression matching.
This demo utilizes an Ant file. A common use case for log filters is the execution of commands regarding Ant files, because these commands do not always return useful exit codes. This demo shows the following tasks: creating a log filter, using a log filter in a project, and setting a project to continue on fail.
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.
It is amazing that in the last few years, so many companies are jumping on the Green bandwagon. I question some companies I see peddling their products in the name of green. But how about software companies? Can we find the value in Green for software? In the traditional sense, software isn't the first thing people think of when you say Green. We often think of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with a 1970's perspective. For example, reduce your energy use, recycle materials, and find alternate energy sources. But to make this a better planet, we need to continue to challenge ourselves and look beyond. Not only in our personal lives, but at work as well.
As business people or software developers you may be currently participating in optimized multi-site collaboration and reducing travel, workload costs, and fuel emissions. You may be involved in a multi-site development effort, modernizing legacy applications with SOA services. Now that is the new Green or am I taking huge liberties?
In the developerWorks portfolio of demos, we have a great example of team tools that shows the integration with IBM® Rational® Build Forge and IBM Rational Team Concert. These tools work together seamlessly to provide software assembly for Jazz and traditional muti-site development environments simultaneously. Check out the demo!
So do you think companies are exploiting the whole Green movement? Do you think you can find the value in Green for software?
Let me know what you think and what is your favorite Green commercial? Here is mine!
Check out the optional DB2 Performance Optimization Feature. It gives you the insight and ability to optimize workload execution. This feature can save you money and lower your risks by helping you to do more work with your existing hardware, and increase DBA productivity. Saving resources is a smart thing.
Performance optimization is very complex with many interdependent factors requiring deep skills. These skills are often hard to come by and typically very expensive. Problem isolation can take days and require many people across different domains and expertise. Add to this, the pressure on business today and the constant state of flux – hardware upgrades, software upgrades, application enhancements, new application deployment.
IBM Optim Performance Manager helps optimize the performance and availability of mission critical databases and applications. This enables organizations to resolve performance bottlenecks before they affect the business. Optim Performance Manager delivers a proactive, comprehensive performance management approach that allows IT staff to identify, diagnose, solve and prevent performance workload management issues in DB2.
Check out the demo!
DB2 Workload Management using Performance Optimization Feature See how one fictional company uses DB2® Workload Management and Optim™ Performance Manager Extended Edition to allocate database system resources to help a high priority application achieve its business objectives in a data warehousing environment. These capabilities are conveniently packaged together in the DB2 Performance Optimization Feature.