It may be a short list, but the quality is still there and exactly what you've come to rely on from developerWorks Rational! Here are the items that went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Enable or disable validators in Rational Application Developer
By Rosendo Martinez, Software Engineer, J2EE Tools Developer and Validation Framework Lead, IBM Mexico
Using the validation framework, you can create custom validators to validate projects and resources created with IBM Rational Application Developer. The framework provides interfaces and APIs to control how, when, and what type of validator is launched on the resources. This introduction describes enabling or disabling validators.
Product: Rational Application Developer
Last week we also highlighted the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest:
Featured download: IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software:
IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software helps developers quickly design, develop, test, analyze, and deploy high-quality Java, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), Web 2.0, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and portal applications. Rational Application Developer includes features to quickly build skills on emerging Java EE and Web technologies, automate code verification, build and test, and enables agile software development for today's fast-paced software delivery needs. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/index.html
As you've come to expect, and possibly rely upon, here's the past two weeks of content that has gone live on developerWorks Rational:
How Linked Lifecycle Data can transform your systems engineering environment
By Benjamin N. Williams
Organizations are building increasingly complex products and systems, and this engineering is generating more and more data with ever-increasing complexity. This trend is likely to continue. Ben Williams explains how Linked Data architectures enable capabilities that help solve inherent challenges and increase innovation in building complex products and systems.
Automate build deployment and accelerate releases by combining Rational software
By Lohith Doddamane and Pawan Ranganath
By integrating Rational Team Concert and Rational Build Forge, you can generate product offerings automatically and pass them to Rational Quality Manager. Then by integrating Rational Quality Manager and Rational Build Forge, you can schedule and run various automated tasks from Rational Quality Manager through Build Forge.
Consider human factors in the software development process
By Aya Elgebeely
To get the agile approach to work for a team, human factors need to get enough attention. Aya Elgebeely discusses how to save process initiation effort, money, and time by making priorities clear to leaders and managers and clarifying the best way to get buy-in within teams.
IBM solution brief: Develop enterprise mobile applications with Rational software
In transformational business approaches, enterprise mobile applications are a great leap forward. Businesses are now strategically employing enterprise mobile apps to support business objectives. The possibilities are limited only by imagination -- and development capabilities.
Tradeoffs and payoffs in moving to DevOps development
By Dan Zentgraf, Domain Architect, Ascendant Technology
Dan Zentgraf of Ascendant Technology, an IBM Business Partner, describes how the DevOps approach to software development differs from traditional methods, including how what you deploy and deliver differs. He then outlines the organizational and cultural transformations required to take advantage of the DevOps approach and the results you can expect.
Products: Rational Build Forge, Rational Asset Manager, Rational Team Concert
Faster Rational Quality Manager test scripts, automatically
By Vaibhav Srivastava, Execution Component Team Lead, Rational Quality Manager, IBM, India, Shinoj Zacharias, Technical Lead, Rational Functional Tester, IBM, India
IBM Rational Quality Manager can use Rational Functional Tester to record a user's gestures and automatically convert them into English natural language. Exploratory testing, documentation, and agile test teams that run manual tests can all benefit by using this combination to write manual test scripts faster and easier.
Products: Rational Quality Manager, Rational Functional Tester
Guide to Collaborative Lifecycle Management reports
By Murali Dhandapani, IT Specialist, IBM, India, Sonali Samantaray, Senior Staff Software Engineer, IBM, India, Arul Doraisamy, IT Specialist, IBM, India
This guide for deployment of Version 2.0 of the Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) explains how to integrate RRDI with the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) 4.0 data warehouse. You can then generate reports for Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer.
Products: Rational Insight, Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager
We're always working to bring you deeper value to the products you use. From our support perspective, this doesn't just mean troubleshooting tips or solutions to errors. It also means larger implementation content and best practices! Helping you avoid issues by highlighting best practices before trouble is seen is just another of those ways we help make sure you are as successful with these products as you need to be! That's exactly why we bring you this periodic series of rollups form our developerWorks community and libraries... that in mind, here's last week's articles live on developerWorks Rational:
Adapt enterprise architecture to cloud services: Using a hybrid SaaS
By Fabio Castiglioni, Client Technical Advisor, IBM, Italy
Fabio Castiglioni uses a hybrid software as a service (SaaS) example to show how to use enterprise architecture (EA) to specify requirements for a public cloud service. By using EA notations and IBM Rational System Architect, IT architects can communicate the value of cloud services to all types of stakeholders
Product: IBM Rational System Architect
Get CLM benefits with Rational System Architect by using OSLC
By Wolfram Richter, Certified IT Specialist, IBM, Germany
IBM Rational System Architect Version 11.4 is based on different technology and architecture than the 2012 versions of the Rational applications that work with Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). Wolfram Richter explains how to use Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration, or OSLC, to integrate them so that all applications work together seamlessly.
Product: IBM Rational System Architect
Reuse Investment Analysis settings in Rational Focal Point
By Björn Kylberg, Senior Software Developer, IBM, Sweden
With IBM Rational Focal Point Version 6.5.2, you can create templates that are based on your Investment Analysis component settings so you can reuse those settings, rather than start over each time. Björn Kylberg explains how to create the templates and how to use them.
Product: IBM Rational Focal Point
Last week we also highlighted the following items on our developerWorks Rational home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
Evaluate Rational System Architect: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/systemarchitect/index.html
Evaluate Rational Rhapsody: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rhapsodydeveloper/index.html
System Architect SOA Sandbox guided trial: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/reg/pick.do?source=dw-soa-tewtx&S_PKG=TELE&S_CMP=SANDBOX&lang=en_US
Play in the Collaborative Lifecycle Management sandbox: https://jazz.net/products/sandbox/
Demo series: Integrate Focal Point with CLM applications: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/views/rational/libraryview.jsp?type_by=Demos&search_by=Integrating+Rational+Focal+Point
Featured download: Rational Rhapsody V8 editions now available:
Multiple editions of Rational Rhapsody V8, which help systems engineers and embedded software developers, analyze, design, develop, test, and deliver embedded, real-time systems and software, are now available a for trial download on developerWorks.
Webcast: Scott Barber answers "Is early performance testing really valuable AND viable?": http://video.webcasts.com/events/pmny001/viewer/index.jsp?eventid=43694
While we here at Notes from Rational Support try to provide you, our clients, with great support driven content to help you succeed, we also know that support isn't your only concern! Driving further improvement, streamlining, and innovation within your own organization is just as critical. And you're in luck, not only is support devoted to helping you, but our Rational Executive sponsored blog is focused on the same success points as well!
So if you haven't been over there yet, take a moment to dig in to the past month of recent posts I've highlighted below, then be sure to add the Invisible Thread to your RSS feed reader so you're sure not to miss any of the valuable posts when they publish!
Enterprise software delivery- We sat down with Alan Brown, IBM Rational CTO for Europe, and asked him about the experiences with customers that drove him to write his new book, “Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain”...
Harnessing the cloud to improve ALM processes- Too often, current application lifecycle management (ALM) practices are cumbersome to the point that they slow down the development process. The tremendous number of variables in the ALM process makes software development work resource intensive and difficult...
Keys to successful demand and delivery management- Keys to successful demand and delivery management Extending software lifecycle management There's an old saying that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. The same is true with IT portfolio management. In the real world, well-laid plans for...
Combating the challenges of medical device development- In what ways is medical device development similar to other product development? If you are in a product development role, you will be very aware of the sorts of challenges you face, including: Increased competition Need to sell into global...
IT Technical Summit Beijing: Young professionals lead the way- The IBM Software Technical Summit in China, which was held earlier last month in Beijing, was heavily geared toward the IT...
Break out of the complexity: Creating a more agile and innovative enterprise- For most organizations, innovation and competitive differentiation go hand in hand. But often an organization’s ability to quickly and proactively respond to change driven by market drivers, customer demands and even regulatory compliance can be limited...
Announcing Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager- Cast your mind back to (or if you’re young enough, just imagine!) the days before the world wide web. You’re doing some research for studies or your hobby, sitting in a library surrounded by books. You have so many different places to look for in...
Back to school has come and gone, and we're inching towards those important life choices we all must make soon: What to be for Halloween! I jest, of course, as a way to help divert your attention from the stresses of your kids' school work and woes, and hopefully help you focus back in on your own work and success... To that end, here are the articles, downloads, and truly great content that went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Improve the value of CLM reports by using metrics: A guide to using metrics with Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence and Rational Insight
By Peter Haumer, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA
The applications that comprise Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) provide over 200 sample reports. Adding either the Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) component or IBM Rational Insight gives you more options and access to the data warehouse metrics. This is in-depth look at the metrics and how to use them.
Product: Rational Insight
Tackle the multichannel testing challenge
By Monica Luke, Lifecycle Scenario Architect, IBM, USA
Mobile and web-enabled applications bring new challenges to multichannel testing, or interleaving a single test scenario across several interfaces. It's becoming a requirement to move seamlessly from mobile to web and back again. Reviewing approaches that have worked in the past leads to a discussion about tackling the future.
Product: Rational Functional Tester
Introduction to C++0x scoped enums and good usage patterns
By Wael Yehia, Software Developer, IBM, Canada
The author describes all aspects of the new scoped enums from C++0x, the C++ standard, and provides examples and guidance for good usage patterns. Scoped enums can help you write more portable and more expressive code that can be forward declared, without any implicit conversions to aid type safety.
Product: C/C++ Compilers
Invisible Thread blog: Keys to successful demand and delivery management
Demand and delivery management connects executives, managers, and development teams, so that everyone focuses on the same goals even amid continual change. This article offers five imperatives for an effective ALM approach that includes delivery management and lists essential ingredients for successful demand and delivery management.
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Mark Lines
Mark Lines is Managing Partner at Scott W. Ambler + Associates. In 2012, Mark was awarded the IBM Champion designation for his work in the IBM community. He is an IT Process Consultant and Agile Coach. With Scott, he is co-author of Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise (IBM Press, 2012). Mark writes for many publications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including IBM Innovate. He delivers workshops on Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), as well as other agile topics. In his spare time, Mark likes to camp, golf, and ski in the Canadian Rockies. He can be reached at mark [at] scottwambler.com
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our pages that you may find of interest...
Evaluate Rational Insight: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rinsight/index.html
Free trial download of Rational Functional Tester: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rft/learn.html
Evaluate IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/index.html
Try Rational Application Developer online or in the sandbox: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/tryonline.html
Try Rational Programming Patterns for System z V8.5: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rppz/
Essentials of design management: Learn how design management contributes to collaborative lifecycle management for IT organizations: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/rdmhelp/v4/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.dm.ispt.doc%2Ftopics%2Fc_gs_essentials_of_dm.html
Rational Programming Patterns for System z V8.5, which modernizes pattern-driven programming and enterprise-wide repository services for Pacbase developers within the Rational Software Delivery Platform, is now available for trial download on developerWorks: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rppz/