Wow, June was a busy month for us over on developerWorks! We've had some VERY busy authors publishing some wonderful content over the course of the month.
So why not take a minute and check out all the great new articles which went live on developerWorks Rational in June:
Cut complexity in software and systems with Collaborative Design Management By: Neil W. Patterson Abstract: New Collaborative Design Management (CDM) features that extend modeling capabilities in IBM Rational Software Architect and Rational Rhapsody help you clarify complex concepts and increase collaboration. Involve stakeholders in the design process throughout development, and you'll improve quality. Products: IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Rhapsody
Speed delivery of Android devices and apps with model-driven development By: Beery D. Holstein Abstract: Benefits of combining MDD capabilities with the Android development environment go beyond a single environment for coding and modeling: visualized design requirements, easier documentation, automated testing to improve code, and more. It also helps distributed teams collaborate across organizations. Products: IBM Rational Rhapsody,
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody 7.6 and Design Manager By: Paul Urban Abstract: Version 7.6, with Design Manager 3.0, introduces online design collaboration and advanced analysis and simulation for system engineers. Share and review design artifacts, validate designs early, get help in meeting ARINC 653 safety standards. Bonuses: new UI, improved testing support, easier to use. Products: IBM Rational Rhapsody
What's new in IBM Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1 By: Jared K. Pulham Abstract: Now IBM Rational Requirements Composer seamlessly integrates with Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager, which are based on Jazz technology. This helps shorten planning cycles and reduce rework by aligning development and testing with requirements and business objectives. Products: IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Quality Manager
Integrate Rational DOORS and Rational Change to fully trace requirements By: Rajeswari Venkata Atmuri Abstract: With the IBM Rational DOORS Change Management integration feature, you can connect requirements management with change and configuration management in Rational Change software for complete traceability. This article for intermediate users explains the entire process. Products: IBM Rational DOORS, IBM Rational Change
Simple development steps for better web and mobile application security By: Cesar E. Santiago and Maryann Hondo Abstract: Most attacks focus on common vulnerabilities, using cross-site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, parameter tampering, cooking poisoning, and information leakage. The author describes and gives examples and countermeasures for each, and explains how developers and automated scans can increase security. Products: IBM Rational AppScan
Manage time and resources better by scheduling automated tests By: Vaibhav Rangare Abstract: Scheduling a test in an automated system not only helps you be more efficient and use lab resources more effectively, but helps you monitor results. Learn the considerations, the components of a scheduling subsystem, the functionality that it should include, and how to develop it by using Java. Products: IBM Rational Quality Manager, IBM Rational Build Forge
Build JPA entities quicker with Rational Application Developer Version 8 By: Ali Manji Abstract: Rapidly generate and customize Java Persistence Architecture (JPA) entities from a Derby database with tables that use the Identity Value Generation capability of IBM Rational Application Developer. Using the views and editors frees you from hand coding the required annotations. Products: IBM Rational Application Developer
Defect analysis with Rational Team Concert and ODC, Part 2: BIRT reports By: Anna M Bizon'-Adamczyk Abstract: Using Orthogonal Defect Classification (ODC) for defect analysis throughout development gives the team deeper insight into trends. This second of two articles shows how to extend IBM Rational Team Concert Version 3.0 for ODC data analysis by creating custom BIRT reports. Products: IBM Rational Team Concer
tWeb application security: Introduction to Rational AppScan automated scanning By: developerWorks Rational staff Abstract: Securing an application manually can be daunting and time-consuming, at the least. This knowledge path introduces developers to automated vulnerability scanning with Rational AppScan software and gives an overview of the functions that it can perform, as well as how to do basic scanning tasks. Products: IBM Rational AppScan
Overview of application development tools for the IBM i system By: George Voutsinas Abstract: Along with the evolution of the IBM i operating system, the tools and compilers have also evolved. Get a quick overview of seven IBM Rational applications that can help developers modernize and better exploit the IBM i platform. Products: IBM Rational Development Studio for i, IBM Rational Open Access RPG edition, IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems, IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Host Access Transformation Services, IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, IBM Rational Business Developer
Here in Rational Client Support, we don't focus on just our own little slice of the pie. Rather, we constantly collaborate with our peers across IBM; sharing ideas and best practices to aid each other as we drive towards success together. And when our colleagues come up with some great stuff to benefit all of us, well we are compelled to share it out with you... after all knowledge shared is knowledge gained!
Case in point: Our friends over at Information Management support have begun a "100 Tech Tips" series, the first five posts, at least, being relevant to ANY IBM support client, whether you have IM products, Rational products, or any other IBM product with which you need support!
So head on over to their blog "Thoughts from Information Management" and check the following VERY worthwhile posts in their "100 tech tips" series:
Of course, not all of Information Management's Tech Tips will be right for you specifically, so we've only highlighted the ones above which would be relevant to any Rational client... of course if you're also an Information Management client as well, then you get the double dose of goodness!
Don't miss your opportunity to sign up for two great Global Rational User Group (GRUG) webcasts this week! Can't attend the live webcast? Register to be notified when the replay becomes available. June 28: Architecting Smarter Banking Solutions with IBM CICS and Rational Tools - Register here June 29: Collaborative Design Management with Rational Software Architect and Rational Rhapsody - Register here
Architecting Smarter Banking Solutions with IBM CICS and Rational Tools
Webcast date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Description: Update GRUG on latest CICS and RDz solutions with focus on Banking sector.
Financial institutions are facing tremendous challenges to adapt, yet often have siloed and constrained legacy systems that are not well suited to a world that is flatter, riskier, and smarter. Watch how the New features in CICS and Rational Developer for System z facilitate adapting existing systems to leverage modern SOA, Web 2.0 and mobile technologies, to achieve flexibility and speed development while still maintaining best practice architectural principals. Utilizing these new features can be easy and non-invasive to the existing systems, so you can adapt while maintaining stability and robustness. Come see how new updates from Rational and CICS support implementing.
Speakers: Catherine Moxey is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in CICS Strategy and Planning Dave Myers is the System z Application Development Tools Product Line Manager
Collaborative Design Management with Rational Software Architect and Rational Rhapsody
Webcast date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Description: Software and system architecture and designs help resolve the inherent complexity of intelligent, interconnected and instrumented solutions, but there are numerous challenges that go beyond solution complexity. The extended team of subject matter experts is needed to provide insights and feedback on these designs to make sure the solutions meet the right market demands, satisfy customer needs and deliver the expected quality. Everyone from business analysts, stakeholders and other team members need to be involved from the early stages of development. There's also a need to introduce traceability of designs to requirements and work items and ensure the communication and understanding of plans across stakeholders, architects, operations and beyond.
Levering the Jazz foundation for collaboration, Rational's Collaborative Design Management capabilities aim to extend Rational Software Architect (RSA) and Rational Rhapsody to allow you and your teams to search, browse, comment, discuss, and review your designs from both the existing rich clients as well as from a new Web client just for design management. Capabilities for linking the design artifacts to other lifecycle artifacts through Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) interfaces and for visualizing those traceability links are also key reasons a CDM solution is right for organizations facing complexity issues of all types.
Attend this webcast to learn more about these new capabilities and ask questions directly from our leading experts.
IBM Rational Software Architect and IBM Rational Rhapsody have been extended with new Collaborative Design Management capabilities released last week, enabling teams to collaborate on their software and systems designs and integrating design into the lifecycle.
From a support perspective, we wanted to highlight some of the key areas to find more information on these features. For technotes and other support generated content, you will be able to find Rational Software Architect Design Manager and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager documents in the respective Support Portal family pages for Software Architect and Rhapsody:
In the end of May, IBM significantly updated theIBM Fix Central support site with improvements to make this worldwide, consolidated download site for all IBM product fixes even more efficient and useful for our clients. Some changes are refinements our clients have requested, others are new features to improve the efficiency and speed with which you access your fix downloads.
Imagine my surprise when I came in to work Wednesday morning and saw the visit count on the prior day's post (Twenty seven new downloads now available!) showed over 800 visits! From my use of an exclamation point in that previous sentence, I'm sure you can discern that 800+ visits on a single post in 24 hours isn't typical for this blog, and is particularly high for what we'd consider normal levels of traffic.
This pleasant surprise got me to thinking: what specifically about that post resonated so greatly that warranted such a high visit rate?
We've posted technical content like this before with somewhat tepid results, and conversely we've posted op/ed type pieces with similarly high results, leading me to think that one type of content over the other isn't entirely the driver here. Perhaps it is the time it was posted, or perhaps the day it was posted? We HAVE seen posts made earlier in the day tend to see higher visit counts than posts made later in the day... and Tuesdays/Thursdays do tend to bubble up as higher traffic days as well.... but I still can't get away from the idea that I'm still missing something relating to the specifics of the content we are publishing out...
So I'm coming to you, our audience, to ask you to answer two very pointed questions:
What type of content really resonates with you; drives you to click through and visit this blog?
Has our content ever helped you resolve an issue with which you'd otherwise have opened a PMR to find help?
Helping us with these two questions will, of course, result in providing you with more focused content particular to what you find valuable and helpful!
And, in case you may feel a bit unintentionally duped by my title of this particular post, hoping to find even more downloads similar in fashion to the post referenced above, have no fear; here's a few more which hit our streams over the past two days:
IBM Rational Robot 18.104.22.168 - This document describes how to download and install IBM Rational Robot Versi... http://ow.ly/1dosGA
Have no fear, once again we are here to help keep you up to date with the latest and greatest information! We've posted the last of all the replays available, so now you can go back and review the great ones you had attended or listen for the first time to the ones you may have missed! And, with the release last week of CLM 2011, the latest replay should be even more timely for you:
Have any ideas for what you'd like to see in upcoming Open Mic sessions? Let us know! To suggest a future event, you can leave feedback directly in the comments here... Or if you're feeling extra verbose or private, send a note to the Rational Knowledge Management team with the Rational Product and Topic you would like to cover: E-mail suggestions for Rational product Open Mic topics
Over the past week, and particularly this past weekend, a few new downloads made their way through our tweet stream and Facebook wall. Seeing as these were posted during typically 'off' hours for most of us, we thought it would be of some benefit to highlight those recent releases here, to raise visibility in the case that you may have missed and need one or more of these downloads:
IBM Rational Application Developer Standard Edition for WebSphere Software, Version 8.0.3 http://ow.ly/1djSf7
IBM Rational Synergy Fix Pack 3 (22.214.171.124) for 7.1 - IBM Rational Synergy Fix Pack 126.96.36.199 has been made gener... http://ow.ly/1dhwlR
IBM Rational Synergy 7.1 Fix Pack 0.3 Windows - This Fix Pack solves 188.8.131.52 problems with Synergy CLI, G... http://ow.ly/1dgcgf
IBM Rational Synergy 7.1 Fix Pack 0.3 UNIX - This Fix Pack solves 184.108.40.206 problems with Synergy CLI, GUI,... http://ow.ly/1dgcgg
IBM Rational Synergy Interim Fix 1 for 7.2 - IBM Rational Synergy 220.127.116.11_iFix001 has been made generally ava... http://ow.ly/1ddt4b
IBM Rational Synergy 18.104.22.168 iFix001 UNIX - This Interim Fix solves 7.2 problems related to DCM clusters ... http://ow.ly/1daUF5
IBM Rational Synergy 22.214.171.124 iFix001 Windows - This Interim Fix solves 7.2 problems related to DCM cluste... http://ow.ly/1daUF4
IBM Rational AppScan Standard Edition-Windows-126.96.36.199-Rules-Update-1282-Recommended http://ow.ly/1dlhR6
IBM Rational AppScan Standard Edition-Windows-188.8.131.52-Rules-Update-1279-Recommended http://ow.ly/1dfQbN
IBM Rational AppScan Standard Edition-Windows-184.108.40.206-Rules-Update-1273-Recommended http://ow.ly/1ddaX8
IBM Rational Systems Tester 220.127.116.11 - This is a planned fixpack that focuses on fixing APARs, for more de... http://ow.ly/1dabqy
IBM Rational Statemate 4.6.1 iFix for Windows X/Server 8.5 - Includes Patch & hotfix for X/Server 8.5 http://ow.ly/1derg3
IBM Rational Insight 18.104.22.168 - IBM Rational Insight 22.214.171.124 contain fixes and features including the migr... http://ow.ly/1de3ov
IBM Rational Team Concert 3.0.1 - IBM Rational Team Concert 3.0.1 has been made generally available as part o... http://ow.ly/1de3ou
IBM Rational Quality Manager 3.0.1 - IBM Rational Quality Manager 3.0.1 has been made generally available as ... http://ow.ly/1de3ow
IBM Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1 - IBM Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1 has been made generally a... http://ow.ly/1derg2
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Description: Application development today, particularly for the web and mobile, is complicated by an ever-changing world of languages, frameworks, and technologies. Further compounding the problem is the need to support the myriad of runtime platforms, devices, and middleware layers that are typically in the mix. EGL, a programming language that was recently open sourced on Eclipse.org as part of the EDT (EGL Development Tools) project, addresses these complexities by providing a common, extensible language and programming model across the various aspects of the application. Inherent in EGL is a cross-platform compiler that allows a single language to be used to deploy code to the diverse platforms that exist today in most enterprises. EGL also allows the retargeting of code to different platforms and frameworks as these technologies evolve or as new technologies appear.
Come learn about EGL, how it is architected, and how it can be extended through the use of stereotypes and annotations. Also learn how you can use EGL today to simplify development of modern applications for the web, mobile, and enterprise systems.
Speakers: Will Smythe is the Product Line Manager for EGL and EGL-related tools and solutions from IBM, including IBM Rational Business Developer and Rational Migration Extension Tim Wilson is the Chief Architect of EGL and is the Project Lead for the Eclipse EGL Development Tools (EDT) project
We've enjoyed holding this series of Open Mic calls with you, and hope you have found them useful. Many thanks to Stephanie Bagot for her most excellent work in coordinating the calls and speakers, and running the show.
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Hope to see you there!
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We're just over halfway into 2011 now, and thought it'd be fun to look back and see what content on Notes from Rational Support proves to be the most popular. So here you go, the top seven posts that you told us were hot bits of information by virtue of your click-throughs:
Did we miss one of your favourite posts you think should have been highlighted more? Have an idea for content you'd like to see? Let us know in the comments and we'll work even harder to provide exactly what you want to see here, and of course less of what you don't
Did you notice the hubub yesterday? No? Missed the excitement, eh? Well have no fear, we're here to help!
Collaborative Lifecycle Management 2011 (CLM 2011 for short) went live yesterday, amid some fanfare over on Jazz.net. To help you navigate and find some of the new and relevant CLM information, following are some outstanding resources for all your CLM 2011 needs!
And because we know you all love your pointers to the downloads:
Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1: IBM Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1 has been made generally available as part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) on PPA and Jazz.net.
Rational Team Concert 3.0.1: IBM Rational Team Concert 3.0.1 has been made generally available as part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) on Passport Advantage (PPA) and Jazz.net.
Rational Quality Manager 3.0.1: IBM Rational Quality Manager 3.0.1 has been made generally available as part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) on PPA and Jazz.net.
Don't miss the Jazz blog post for even more information around the CLM release and downloads pus common installation info and tips!