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The folks over at Jazz.net have been busy this month! Check out all the great content brought to you in August through the Jazz.net technical library! And don't forget that you can get a t-shirt if you submit an article!
Use approvals to enforce test driven development, code reviews and integration testing in Rational Team Concert
Execute JUnit test scenarios with Rational Quality Manager
Supported Rational Connector for SAP Solution Manager Topologies
Workarounds: Web client and server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.3 and Rational DOORS Next Generation 4.0.3
Workarounds: Web Client and Server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.2 and DOORS Next Generation 4.0.2
Workarounds: Web Client and Server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.1 and DOORS Next Generation 4.0.1
Agile DevOps: Build a DevOps dashboard
Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.4 Online Help (in progress)
In the Jazz.net library you can:
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If there is a need to know the cipher used by CLM applications or RTC and the level of encryption used for web-clients, this blog should be of some help.
Cipher refers to the algorithm used for performing encryption and decryption of the data.
Generally, SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is used for data encryption, decryption and transmission using certificates or smart cards. However, this also depends on the kind of Application server being used. Based on the kind of application server in use, the respective product documentation should have the details on the cipher used.
Websphere Application Server, Apache Tomcat
a. For Internet Explorer, login to RTC and then right click on the web-page --> Properties;
b. For Firefox web-browser, if one hovers and clicks on the padlock symbol prior to URI in the address bar, say before https: //ho
So, if the RTC/CLM installation is based on Websphere Application Server (v7.0), the site supports a minimum cipher strength of 168 bit encryption. This, can be confirmed by looking into the properties for ccm application web-page and the application server documentation.
By default, using the Apache Tomcat application server the site supports a minimum cipher strenght of 128 bit encr
The cipher indicates that the data is encrypted between the Internet browser and the Server. It doesn’t encrypt the data on the database itself.
This is what is behind the HTTPS protocol and is managed by the Application server. RTC is only an application installed on top of Jazz, which is installed on WebSphere.
Here is the link for the WebSphere v 7.0 documentation - About "TLS 1.0, 3DES with 168 bit encryption (High)". This explains SSL Version 3 and TLS Version 1.0 cipher specifications: http
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These are the top content reused during June to help solve your Rational Team Concert issues. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
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As many of us are in the last weeks of summer break, getting ready to head back to school or get the kids ready, we're still pushing headlong forwards to make sure you get the best information you need to get your job done and get it done right the first time. Our awesome developerWorks authors are always focused on producing the right information you need... so here you go, the following articles and trials went live last week on developerWorks Rational:
Use Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in virtual environments
Manage test data more effectively with Rational Quality Manager 4.0.1
Create an automation framework for an HTML-based application
UML Model Metric Analysis rules-based generation of class diagrams
Rapid JPA development with Rational Application Developer
Reconcile, a new feature in Rational Quality Manager
IBM Rational Quality Manager
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous business planning to get cost out and agility in
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Collaborative development to spark innovation and integration among teams
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous testing to save costs and improve application quality
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Once again, here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since July 23rd! We present these links below to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products.... Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously missed:
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Profiling C/C++, Java and COBOL with Performance Advisor- This video demonstrates how to use Rational Developer for AIX and Linux 9.0 to profile multiple languages, such as C/C++, Java™ and COBOL with Performance Advisor.
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Sanjeev Sharma blogged on his personal site a few weeks back about the presentation he did for the
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Follow-up Tests with Reports/Queries in Rational Quality Manager- Rational Quality Manager includes reporting and querying capabilities to help you stay informed about the status of your project. Use these wherever you are in the test effort to gather in-depth information on things like test case and test script states, testing coverage, test execution progress, and overall project health.
And as a bonus, This video demos how to customize the menu in Rational Quality Manager 4.0.3: IBM Rational Quality Manager v4.0.3: Customizing Menus
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Here's a great three part series in the developerWorks Technical Library on Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight:
Part 1: IBM Worklight adapter integration with Java business logic
This part demonstrates how to extend and transform existing server-side business logic assets to the mobile domain without re-e
Developing and testing a JPA-exposed RESTFul service application in Rational Application Developer for WebSphere, using that to create an application logic package as a library to use in mobile application development, and using Worklight Studio to develop and test a server-side mobile application component to use that library.
About the Author:
Bhargav Perepa is a WebSphere architect and IT specialist in the IBM Federal Software Group in Washington DC area. Previously, he was a developer in the Austin WebSphere Development Lab and had Smalltalk and C++ development experience at IBM Chicago. Bhargav holds a master's degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a master's in business administration (MBA) from the University of Texas, Austin.
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The IBM Rational Licensing Support Team members are conducting Open Mic sessions that cover different aspects of Rational licensing and are helpful to those looking for more information on the topic. Here is an summary of the Open Mic events coming up.
Feel free to to nominate yourselves, or any members from your team who are interested in taking part in these sessions by entering the details in the Open Mic registration page.
For more information on these and other sessions, see the Rati
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Need to package and deploy with RTC? This article on Jazz.net explains how to use the IBM i packaging and deployment capabilities of Rational Team Concert 4.0.
Here's the quick contents overview to show you the breadth and scope of the article:
For more information:
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It may be a slow time of the year for a lot of us in-between all the holidays, vacations, and general time-off relaxing during these summer months, we're still focused on getting you the right content when you need it, to help drive your business forward to success. To that end, the following items went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
How to move an existing CICS application to a smartphone
Deploy Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence 2.0.3 to a federated WebSphere environment
Rational Developer for System z
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Overview of Mobile Test Automation for Android Apps in Rational Test Workbench- IBM Rational Test Workbench: mobile application testing solution for Android OS Applications.
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DevOps helps establish easier, quicker handoffs from planning and development to deployment and other siloed areas. In this complimentary series of webcasts, we’ll discuss this collaborative approach for continuous software delivery, and how IBM integrated development and operations tools and processes can help optimize the entire lifecycle of your applications. Join us to learn about the DevOps architecture and how the IBM suite of development and operations products reduce the hops and stops on the continuous track of software delivery with end-to-end collaborative software innovation.
With the DevOps approach, organizations can:
Register today for the entire series, or for any of the individual webcasts as seen below. All sessions are one hour in length, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
August 7: IBM DevOps Solution: Accelerating the delivery of multiplatform applications
Mobile, social, big data and cloud technologies are driving the demand for new, faster and more frequent approaches to software delivery across all platforms, middleware and devices. The goal is to push out significantly more features in each release and get more releases out the door with confidence, while maintaining compliance and quality. Amid these demands and goals are some common problems – or gaps– with software delivery that need to be mitigated.
In this session, IBM executives will discuss how IBM DevOps solution addresses culture, process and tools integration across the software delivery lifecycle - spanning distributed and mainframe environments. They will provide updates on the latest IBM System z tools and middleware offerings, and introduce the recent IBM acquisition of UrbanCode.
August 14: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous business planning to get cost out and agility in
Do you know what you have, what it is worth to your business and what that return is costing you? Are you able to respond to business needs and customer demand in a timely manner while also managing the cost to deliver that value? In this webcast, you’ll learn about actionable strategies and techniques to get more out of your existing investments. Our experts will discuss how you can transform your application portfolio to reduce maintenance and development lifecycle costs and improve the decisions you make about technology investments.
September 4: IBM DevOps Solution: Collaborative development to spark innovation and integration among teams
Application development cannot be sustained in disjointed silos. New mobile, social, big data and analytics projects demand a development process that is fast, integrated, creative and affordable. Your teams need to work closely with one another, regardless of the deployment platform used to run the components of those applications. The needs of your business change quickly, too, making it necessary to re-prioritize work quickly and shift resources to different projects efficiently. With advanced, productive and unified development environments and middleware from Rational and CICS, you can apply talent across boundaries and keep the focus on innovation and high-quality code development and test.
September 11: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous testing to save costs and improve application quality
As teams move more quickly to meet customer demands, they need ways to ensure quality while keeping deliveries on time and costs under control. These challenges can be met by automating manual, repetitive tasks, including build, regression testing, integration testing, problem determination and functional validation. Further benefits can be realized by virtualizing services that are external to applications under test. Join us and learn how to get started with automated testing and debugging, as you learn valuable service virtualization techniques.
September 18: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous release and deployment to compress delivery cycles
Manual processes and efforts to deliver software changes across an enterprise are notoriously risky, costly, and error-prone. Today’s applications are complex, and multi-tiered, where deployment often consists of orchestrated changes to multiple subsystems and can involve multiple teams of specialists, with a shrinking release window. New deployment models and tools have come into play that help streamline collaboration between teams, standardize and automate repeatable tasks, thereby increasing deployment quality and repeatability while reducing risk and cost. This new generation of release, deployment and provisioning tools helps you improve your processes today, while positioning you for an easy jump to next-generation systems management in the future, saving days or even weeks of effort for every deployment. Attend this session to discover strategies for application release automation and some new tools that can help.
Register today for the entire series, or for any of the individual webcasts.
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Are you following us on your preferred social channel? Did you know we've recently launched a GooglePlus and Tumblr blog? While no channel is meant to be a catch-all, we want to get you the information you want and need in the channels you are most comfortable with. Do you find twitter is the best place to find our content and engage with us? Follow us there! Twitter not your style but rather you prefer Facebook? We're posting there as well to help you find the right information at the right time! Check out our news document linked below to see all the channels on which we're active and follow us on the ones you're most comfortable with:
Without losing sight of the work we do in the newer social channels, we also want to ensure you don't forget about some of the most effective community based channels out there surrounding Rational products and topics. Finding answers from previous questions, or even direct community based help with your own specific question can be a great way to leverage the collective wisdom, but even better is when you can join in the conversations and share your own expertise to help others.
While the above are great resources for truly social support with clients and IBMers alike all participating, we also recognize that this isn't a complete list of all the forums or social channels out there. Is your favourite one missing? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the list! Or, do you have some other favourite method for finding answers or sharing answers which we haven't touched on? We'd love to hear about those as well!
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These are the top content reused during June to help solve your Rational Change, Rational Focal Point, and Rational Quality Manager issues. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
IBM Rational Change:
IBM Rational Focal Point:
IBM Rational Quality Manager:
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iOS Mobile App Testing with IBM Rational Test Workbench- A brief introduction to the mobile app testing capabilities available for iOS in IBM Rational Test Workbench v8.5
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Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since June 19th! Presented below to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products....
Don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have previously missed:
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These are the top 20 technotes reused during June to help solve your Rational License Key Server issues. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution: