We've got a lot of great stuff to share, so let's dig right in to it! The following items went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Adopt pragmatic architecture for agile application lifecycle management
By Jean-Louis Maréchaux
Agile teams benefit from applying design management to producing and maintaining software-intensive systems. This article describes a pragmatic approach to efficient collaboration on designs in an application lifecycle management (ALM) environment. It uses realistic examples and focuses on concrete architecture and design activities, using the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM).
Product: Rational Software Architect
Run automated Selenium JUnit regression tests
By Matthew J. Bradshaw
Linking an automation tool to create regression test suites with a Collaborative Lifecycle Management application helps ensure end-to-end traceability of requirements. This guide shows how to connect IBM Rational Quality Manager to Selenium, an open source tool for testing web applications. You can then run tests automatically after a build.
Product: Rational Quality Manager
Add Project Security in Rational Change: Introduction
By Ritesh Nigam
When you enable the Project Security feature introduced in Rational Change 5.3, users are assigned dynamic privileges within a set of CRs, rather than the alternative of static privileges that apply to all change requests (CRs) and tasks within a database. This makes user management for Rational Change 5.3 easy.
Product: Rational Change
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Darrell Schrag
Darrell Schrag lives in the Chicago area and has lived and breathed software development for the past 24 years. He spent the first eight years of his career developing software in the DoD (U.S. Department of Defense) and financial sectors until he moved to the other side to sell and consult for Rational software. He has spent his time since helping organizations improve all disciplines of their software development lifecycles. He still keeps his coding skills up to date by building extensions to IBM Eclipse-based products. Recently, Darrell has been involved in mobile development, helping IBM customers integrate the mobile platform into their development landscapes. https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/swdevfromthecubicle/?lang=en
There is a new video is available on IBM Education Assistant for Rational. This video demonstrates how to configure email notification for Rational Change.
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What is IBM Education Assistant? IBM Education Assistant is a collection of multimedia educational modules designed to help you gain a better understanding of IBM software products and use them more effectively to meet your business requirements.
Find more great education modules here.
IBM Rational DOORS NG v4.0.1: Document Import- This presentation shows you how to import a Microsoft Office Word document from the web client of IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and as a result create a module and requirements artifact.
Are you planning an upgrade to ClearCase 8.0 and need to know where to find resources that will help?
The list below contains a collection of resources from a variety of sources including documentation and educational material that will help you in planning your upgrade.
For your convenience (and for future reference) this information has also been organized for you in technote 1613981 Knowledge Collection: Useful resources when upgrading to ClearCase 8.0.0.x
If you are planning an upgrade to ClearCase 8.0, please contact IBM Rational Support
providing the information listed in the "ClearCase 8.0 upgrade information" section of technote 1613981
. Our support staff will help you prepare for your upgrade using the details you have provided about your system configurations and environment.General Information
This is a section of the IBM Rational ClearCase 8.0 Information Center which includes the following:
- Client and server compatibility information
- Pre-upgrade backup of critical resources
- Post-upgrade migrations
These reports, available from the Software Compatibility Reports (SPCR) tool, provide detailed information about hardware and software requirements for a specific operating system. It also includes an option to run the report by component (such as CCRC WAN Server, CTE and others) for all supported operation systems.
The following links will direct you to the specific reports for each operating system:
This technote contains client and server compatibility information to help you ensure that all components in your environment can operate together successfully.
- Below are the release notes which provide valuable information specific to each of the releases.
Downloads and Fixes
New VOB schema and feature levelEducation
- The following documents provide a list of new features that were introduced in the individual releases:
- ClearCase 8.0 installation is a series of education modules available on IBM Education Assistant that provide step-by-step demonstrations of upgrade scenarios including the steps to upgrade IBM WebSphere Application server if you are using the CCRC WAN server.
Discontinued platform support
The following documents provide details about platform discontinued support for the purpose of platform migration planning. General availability and End of Support (EOS)
Rational Support Resources
lists Rational support resources to assist you with learning the products, getting help, or just getting started.
Author: Denise McKinnon
When we think of the phrase "Social Support" one of the common images is likely of "@comcastcares" and their breakthrough efforts at turning client perception from heavily negative to the positive through their twitter account and addressing client complaints. Other more broad views may simply be of companies engaging with clients in spaces like Facebook or Twitter... but that view, dear friends, misses a huge area of social support which has existed long before these new social media channels: Forums.
Without losing site 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.
IBM hosted RFE Community on developerWorks: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/ Jazz.net Forums
boast an all new Forum with a Q&A model, voting on answers, flexible tagging, badges, and user reputation: https://jazz.net/forum
Rational tagged questions: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/rational
Global Rational User Community's
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 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!
Lastly, one more call to action on this think Friday: take some time to think about not only how you get answers to questions currently, but how you'd like to find answers in the future... direct interaction? Self help? Community driven conversation? Something else? As you think about this I promise we, in Rational Support, will be doing the same thing and working to further enhance our own support delivery as well.
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From our friends at IBMRationalUE comes this new video highlighting requirements project administration in DOORS Next Generation...
IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation v4.0.1: Requirements project administration- In this video we present some common administrative tasks that one may need to perform as they are getting started with an IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation requirements project.
- creating a requirements management project from a template.
- examine the artifact types that come with the template
- rename an existing artifact type
- create a new artifact type with attributes and preferred link types.
Rational DOORS Next Generation project page on jazz.net (https://jazz.net/products/rational-doors/)
Jazz technology platform: https://jazz.net/story/about/about-jazz-platform.jsp
Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (http://open-services.net/)
It doesn't take long for our amazing content authors to break out of a short week and come back with much more to highlight for you all. Checkout the following XML series and other items that went live on developerWorks Rational this past week:
Test XML messages over WebSphere MQ , Part 1
By Bharath Raj Keshavamurthy
Get an in-depth understanding of the latest feature of Java Message Service and WebSphere MQ testing, which is embedded in the Rational Performance Tester generic service client. In Part 1 of this three-part tutorial, you'll record a test case for testing XML messages over the WebSphere MQ protocol.
Product: Rational Performance Tester
Test XML messages over WebSphere MQ, Part 2
By Bharath Raj Keshavamurthy
This three-part tutorial gives you an in-depth understanding of the latest feature of Java Message Service and WebSphere MQ testing, which is part of the generic service client in Rational Performance Tester. Part 2 explains designing the script and editing the test to work with multiple data sets.
Product: Rational Performance Tester
Test XML messages over WebSphere MQ, Part 3
By Bharath Raj Keshavamurthy
In the final part of this three-part tutorial, you will schedule and run the test for the sample scenario in Rational Performance Tester and review results. You will then have a thorough understanding of how to use Rational Performance Tester for Java Message Service (JMS) and WebSphere MQ performance tests.
Product: Rational Performance Tester
Last week we also highlighted the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
We have a great new Open Mic this week, devoted to getting started with Investment Analysis in Rational Focal Point. If your new to Focal Point, or a seasoned power user of this application, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn or even share your own insights.
Title: Getting Started with Investment Analysis in Rational Focal Point.
Webcast Schedule: 18:00 – 19:00 (IST) 8:30am - 9:30am (EDT) Wednesday, 31st October, 2012 for a duration of 1 hour
Overview: Has there been a need to reason about where to assign constrained resources, balance quick wins against long term benefit, whether to invest in innovative high risk/high reward programs, need to collaborate to get best return on assets? Then this is the right session for you. This session will help you Get Started with Investment Analysis in Rational Focal Point.
IBM Focal Point provides business-driven product and portfolio management - helping executives and teams to make the right decisions to deliver business, customer and market value. In this session, the speaker will familiarize you with the capabilities of Investment Analysis in Rational Focal Point which will help maintain and update business case trend by replacing estimates with actuals, updating estimates, and saving snapshots for trends.
Speaker: Tejaswini Jamakhandi has been working as technical support engineer for Rational FocalPoint and has over six years of rich experience in this line. Tejaswini also authored a developerWorks article on the same topic: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/investment-analyzer-rational-focal-point/index.html
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