This week, our articles and updates focus on Rational Software Architect. There is new information to help you get the most out of converting UML and BPMN model elements.
Convert UML and BPMN model elements to different types automatically
Author: Lidija Grahek (firstname.lastname@example.org), Advisory Software Developer, IBM Canada
In early phases of design, you might use a UML class and later realize that you need a UML component, instead. Previously, you had to perform several steps manually to replace the element. The element conversion feature introduced in Rational Software Architect 8.0.2 automates all of those steps.
There is also updated information about
extending the topology editor in Rational Software Architect, and adding custom topology validators to the tool. Thanks to Andre Zwanziger and Sebastian Herden of IT Architecture Consulting Group, Magdeburg; and Chad Holliday and Tim McMackin of IBM Rational software for these updates.
Extending the topology editor with custom technology domains
Rational Software Architect includes modeling elements for databases, application servers, and Java applications. These are usually enough to model any type of system or software. However, you can use the Topology Domain Generation Toolkit to create custom elements. This tutorial demonstrates how.
Add a custom topology validator using Rational Software Architect
Validators enforce conditions on a model element in a topology, create an error message in the diagram, and suggest an optional resolution to correct the condition. This tutorial describes how you can add a custom validator to IBM Rational Software Architect.