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We keep plugging away and building great new articles and content to share and help you gain the most benefit from your Rational products... here's what went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Agile embedded product-line development with Rational Team Concert
Harry Koehnemann describes the problems that hardware, software, and project management teams at 321 Gang faced, the practices and tool changes that helped them, and what challenges remain in adopting agile methods for development of embedded, product line systems
Product: Rational Team Concert
How to produce a simple report in Rational Publishing Engine 1.2
Learn how to use IBM Rational Publishing Engine to build a simple document template linked to a running data source, IBM Rational DOORS requirements management software. The demo shows steps to generate, test, and fine-tune the report and publish it in PDF, Microsoft Word, and HTML formats.
Introduction to IBM Rational Publishing Engine for beginners
In this introduction to how IBM Rational Publishing Engine works, you'll get an overview of the components and what they do. This demonstration also shows details, such as opening Document Studio, opening a document specification, pointing the document specification to a data source, and generating reports.
Get them while they're hot! The latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since April 19th; presented below to help you find the fixes you need and stay up to date with your Rational products.... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed:
Join Jumpstart at Innovate 2013 in Orlando, FL June 2-6- Innovate 2013, The IBM Technical Summit is just around the corner. Rosa Naranjo be there this year delivering two talks in the Requirements Management and Rational Deployment for Administrators track. Most of her Jazz Jumpstart colleagues will also be there delivering timely topics and workshops ranging from Customizing RTC to Jazz HA/DR Best Practices to Maximizing Jazz Performance. Read on for a handy table you can use to find our sessions.
If you aren't following either of these blogs above (or in the list below) but are interested in Jazz and CLM products, solutions, and best practices... now's the time to plug these in to your favourite RSS reader and stay up to date with them!
You're about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made at http://youtu.be/xA4QWwaweWA).
The ability to move single atoms - the smallest particles of any element in the universe - is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at http://www.ibm.com/madewithatoms
Today, it takes roughly one million atoms to store a single bit of data on a computer or electronic device. A bit is the basic unit of information in computing that can have only one of two values, one or zero. Eight bits form a byte. Recently, IBM Research announced it can now store that same bit of information in just 12 atoms.
From 1,000,000 to 12 - that’s a dramatic breakthrough that not only has the potential to make our computers and devices smaller and more powerful, but also holds enormous implications for the way entire industries operate.
The world's smallest movie set:
The scanning tunneling microscope (STM):
One way to look at the STM is as a needle that drags atoms across a surface using magnetism. But behind that needle is a room full of equipment, all there to control the environment to a spectacular degree. The development of the STM by IBM researchers Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1986.
The scientists used copper 111 as the surface of the animation - the same material they used 10 years ago when they built the first computer that performed digital computation operations.
Carbon monoxide (CO):
The scientists chose carbon monoxide atoms to move around the plate. Carbon monoxide has one carbon atom and one oxygen atom, stacked on top of each other.
It's been a bit since we last shared the wonderful content coming out of developerWorks. But have no fear, we're back with a sizable list of amazing articles to help you! So, without further delay, the following items went live on developerWorks Rational recently:
Develop applications in the cloud using Rational IDE software
By: Jean-Yves B. Rigolet, Rational IDE Virtualization Architect, IBM
Software developers can save setup and maintenance time by using personalized Rational IDEs as IBM SmartCloud Enterprise images
Products: Rational Developer for System z, Rational Developer for Power, Rational Application Developer, Rational Software Architect
Be smart with virtualization, Part 1
By: Mike Donati, ClearCase Performance Team Lead, IBM, Ryan Smith, Software Performance Analyst, IBM, and Grant Covell, Senior Development Manager, Rational Performance Engineering, IBM Corporation
Best practices for using IBM Rational software in virtualized environments
Product: Rational Team Concert
What is it, you ask? Clarity comes in the form of the Software Product Compatibility Reports tool: an innovative tool designed to allow you to easily generate custom reports about compatible IBM software combinations.
Using this tool, you may create reports about a product's compatibility with operating systems, prerequisite software or virtualization environments. You may also use this tool to tailor-make graphical reports about a set of product's end of service dates.
Available on the IBMRationalSupport YouTube channel, a series of tutorials on Rational ClearQuest Designer! You can find all eleven videos, nearly an hour's worth of schema designing goodness, in this playlist:
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Using IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation's Rich Client Interface- In this video, narrator and Rational DOORS NG technical specialist Jon Walton walks you through using IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation's Rich Client Interface. The Rich Client interface varies from the web client interface in many significant ways. Jon shows you tips and tricks to using the interface, including many of the improvements that have been made since DOORS v9.x.
If you've not checked out Jazz.net recently, here's some of the great content you may have missed over the course of this month. There's a wide breadth of content types below, ranging from betas to videos, workarounds and known issues to workshops. There's something for everyone on jazz.net; we hope this will help you find what you need:
Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.1 Reporting Workshop- This workshop is intended as an update to the CLM 2011 Reporting Workshop which provided insight into some of the details of the reporting components introduced with the CLM 2011 release. In this update, we will cover what's new with reporting in CLM 4.0, provide some additional exercises as well as include some links to tutorials and videos that have been created since the CLM 2011 release. - [Read More]
Integrating IBM Rational Requirements and HP ALM with Rational Lifecycle Adapters- If you use HP Application Lifecycle Management software (HP ALM) for quality management, you can use the IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM to integrate data with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, or Rational ClearQuest. Developers, testers, and analysts can then work in their own tools and collaborate with each other by using linked resources. The adapters also integrate the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) with selected non-IBM software. The first release includes adapters for HP ALM, Atlassian JIRA, and Git software. [Read More]
Be smart with virtualization- If you're currently using virtualization methods with IBM Rational software, is everything working as smoothly as you expected? Three IBM experts explain the Rational perspective on virtualization and the key requirements for virtualized environments to get optimal performance from Rational applications. They also share details of two case studies and troubleshooting tips. [Read More]
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At Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit, there will be more content and activities than ever before; specifically focused on execs, managers, and engineers (systems, software, electrical, QA, etc.) in product and systems development organizations.
Here are eight great reasons from our friends at the Innovate blog showing you why you should attend Innovate 2013:
Dedicated Product & Systems Development Keynote- Last year's standing room only product & systems development keynote is back by popular demand. Executives and thought leaders will share the exciting new developments that IBM is releasing and planning!
Over 100 product & systems development sessions- with our three dedicated tracks (product development, systems engineering and real-time & embedded), plus extensive systems and product development focused technical and industry sessions and workshops, you’ll have lots of sessions to choose from! Featuring lots of great case studies from your peers across industries and plenty of opportunity to learn from IBM and industry experts. Use the session preview tool to search for your favourite topics and build a session list. You can read more the session preview tool in an earlier blog post.
Product & Systems Development Zone- No more searching the Solution Center to find relevant experts and demonstrations. With our new 'Product & Systems Development Zone' clients will easily find the content they are looking for. It will be the place to be for systems engineers and embedded software developers to mingle with technical experts and discuss the latest technology we have to offer.
Agile is EVERYWHERE- and not just for IT. Hear from product & systems developments clients and analysts on the adoption patterns, pitfalls and success of agile product development.
Community Night- We'll be joined by local members of key engineering organizations. You’ll be able to see what they have to offer, and find out how they can help you with your long-term career goals and the benefits they can have for your companies.
Who doesn’t love Robots! Back by popular demand, the FIRST Robotics teams and their robots will be on-site to show their skills as the next generation of engineers.
Hands-on technical workshops & Open Labs- Get hands-on with our solutions for product & systems development either guided by experts in workshops or at your own pace in Open Labs.
But we here in Rational support have even better news for you! Because we are part of the Blue Galaxy initiative, we've got a special $300 discount to Innovate 2013 for our social followers. Use promo code BLGLXY13 to cash in on the savings when you register: http://ow.ly/iO21Z
Here's more of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since March 28th; presented below to help you find the fixes you need and stay up to date with your Rational products.... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed:
I have been asked by a couple of customers using IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) to see if there is a way to make 'Links' as a required attribute with regards to RTC Work Items. A sample scenario they've noted, where having 'Links' as required attribute being useful, is something like this:
A user creates a Work Item, say a defect, in RTC and the work flow demands that any newly created defect be linked to a requirement artifact. In such case, having 'Links' as required attribute will help the users, so that they do not skip on adding the link to another artifact.
Stopwatch demo showing model-driven development with IBM Rational Rhapsody in Ada- Ada is a rich high-level language designed for embedded real-time, high integrity and large scale systems development. Progressively, in the Ada 95 and Ada 2005 revisions, it has incorporated more and more Object Oriented (OO) features further increasing its power and richness. During a similar timeframe there has been continued expansion in the use of the industry-standard OMG Unified Modeling Language (UML) for documenting OO designs in C++ and Java. There is arguably no better time for combining the two to help resolve longetivity challenges associated with maintaining Ada software designs. In this video we focus on the core principles and benefits of Model-Driven Development using IBM Rational Rhapsody; including automatically keeping the design and code synchronized at all times and showing its integration with compilers, including AdaCore's GNAT Pro compiler chain. The video uses a Stopwatch example model to highlight the added benefits of higher-level abstractions in UML2 to enable developers to focus on the essential parts of the design and make use of graphical programming techniques to speed up development and capture traceability to requirements. We also showcase Rhapsody in Ada features such as the newer Advanced roundtrip and model-level debugging.
Mainframe and Mobile - Are your back-end apps ready? Register now for the April 18 Webcast: http://bit.ly/XUExuB
Mobile is about anytime, anywhere access to information. It improves productivity and is driving business innovation in the enterprise. Mobility enables quicker access to customer data, improved customer satisfaction and support, customer access to business and important functionality, and the capability to respond to customer demands.
Mobile is not only one of the most exciting trends affecting IT today, but an inevitable one. Indeed, most companies already have some type of mobile strategy. However, in order to take it to the next level and offer five-star apps, businesses will have to integrate mobile applications with business-critical back-end data sources.
Join us for this complimentary webcast as our subject matter experts discuss a unique IBM solution that combines end-to-end application lifecycle management with both mobile and mainframe development features all integrated into one package. The experts will spotlight a new mobile app that uses the selling of office supplies as an example. They will also show you how to bring a green-screen application into the mobile era using Rational Developer for System z and Worklight.
Fragmentation of devices and platforms
Speed and frequent iteration of the mobile lifecycle and continuous delivery
Connectivity to back-end systems and enterprise clouds
Security to protect corporate data and managing BYOD
Mobile Context taking advantage of unique capabilities such as geo-location
Delivering high-quality apps and rapidly incorporating customer feedback
Leigh Williamson, Distinguished Engineer, Rational Software CTO Team, Mobile Software Development Strategy
Michael Lavacca, Client Technical Professional, Rational Software on System z