The Rational Software Development Conference (RSDC) 2008 took place two weeks ago, from May 30th – June 5th, at the Walt Disney World and Swan resort. The theme for this year: R-Heroes, or Rational Heroes! Not cartoons’ super heroes, not science fiction heroes, but real world heroes. People like you and me who design, write, and test code, using Rational tools to achieve their development goals on time and with quality: architects, analysts, developers, testers, release managers, project managers and others.
The conference revolved around how the tools in the Rational portfolio integrate together, creating a stronger collaboration between teams, promoting a faster and higher quality development cycle.
I participated in the conference as an exhibit floor staff member, demoing IBM Data Studio Developer and pureQuery at the Information Management booth. Other products present at the IM booth included Rational Data Architect, IBM Mashup Hub and Optim suite of tools.
People who stopped by the booth seemed to like Data Studio Developer. Many of them were not developers, but they could clearly see the value that Data Studio Developer adds to the development environment when integrated with Rational tools:
- Rational Data Architect – reverse engineer your database and transform your physical models into logical model using DSD and RDA in a shell shared environment like what Michael blogged about a few days ago.
- Rational Software Architect – include your pureQuery data access layer in your UML and Class diagrams
- Rational Application Developer – add pureQuery support to your J2EE applications.
- Rational Clearcase – collaborate between teams on the development of pureQuery code or database objects like SQL statements, Stored Procedures and UDFs.
In addition to the four pedestals at the exhibit floor, the Data Studio team also delivered some technical sessions, receiving lots of feedback good comments. The session topics were:
- "Evolutionary Database Development using Data Studio." Hong-Lee Yu talked about how you can use Data Studio to help database design keep up with an agile software development environment. By the way, Hong-Lee is also speaking at Dr. Dobb's Architecture World conference in Chicago in July. I hear Chicago is lovely in July. You should go.
- "Developing Data Applications using pureQuery." Stephen Brodsky, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, gave a great overview of why something like pureQuery is necessary to help bridge the gap between the data world and the Java world and how pureQuery is positioned in the spectrum of data access choices from vanilla JDBC to OpenJPA (EJB 3).
- "Data Web-Services Service-Oriented Architecture." This is a pretty cool thing with Data Studio tools - being able to publish SQL statements or stored procedures to the Web without having to write any code.
Overall, this was a very good conference! IBM’s customers were really focused on understanding the integration points between the products being showcased and were very receptive to the data tooling provided by the Information Management brand.
When I was not at the exhibit floor, I was attending some sessions and let me tell you that they were really good! Good content and good presenters! Clearly some of the best sessions I have attended this year. If you use Rational products or are interested in learning about the IBM Rational portfolio, you cannot miss next year’s RSDC, taking place at the same location, in June 2009.