If you haven't seen the Jazz.net Library recently, here's some of the great stuff you've missed this year alone! Want to go even one better, though, and get this great content delivered to you immediately when it is published? Just use the RSS feed in your favourite reader and never miss an update again!
If you're interested in the latest IBM SDK for Java 8.0, head over to the community and grab the files, then get involved!
This new version of Java aims to provide Java SE 8.0 compatibility, while exploiting the unique capabilities of IBM platforms to achieve performance and usability improvements.
What's new in the IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8.0? Check out this list:
Compatibility with the new Java SE 8.0 (JSR 337)
Leverages new IBM hardware
Improved performance for workload optimized runtimes
Enhanced support for Cloud & Multi-tenancy environments
And improved efficiency of manipulating native data records/types directly from Java code
If you'd like to take part in the IBM Java 8 beta just use this url to access the files: https://www.ibm.com/services/forms/preLogin.do?source=swg-beta-ibmjte
But don't forget to join the community for answers to questions or to help answer others!
It is a new year, but we are carrying over some old traditions. Case in point, here's the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since December 19th; presented below to help you find the fixes you need.... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed over the early winter and late fall months:
Rational Software Architect, Version 22.214.171.124
IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, Version 126.96.36.199
Rational Software Architect, Version 188.8.131.52
Rational Software Architect for WebSphere Software, Version 184.108.40.206
Localized practice libraries for Rational Method Composer 220.127.116.11
Rational Tau 18.104.22.168
Rational Change Fix Pack 8 (22.214.171.124) for 5.2
Rational Synergy Interim Fix 1 for 126.96.36.199
Rational Synergy for Eclipse Interface Interim Fix 1 for 188.8.131.52
Rational Synergy Fix Pack 7 (184.108.40.206) for 7.1
Rational Performance Tester, Version 8.3.0
Rational Performance Tester, Version 220.127.116.11
Rational Functional Tester, Version 8.3.0
Rational Functional Tester, Version 18.104.22.168
Rational Functional Tester Fix Pack 1 (22.214.171.124) for 8.3
Rational Robot Interim Fix 2 for 126.96.36.199
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Following are the top Rational Team Concert technotes most used in December 2012 by our technical support engineers to help resolve the PMRs and issues you called in with. In many cases, based on our implementation of Knowledge Centered Support (KCS) principles, these technotes were created to solve an issue from a PMR, and then reused again to solve the same issue for others.
Running reports in the dashboard results in CRRDV0015E
Can not Launch Rational Team Concert due to javaz.naming.CummunicationException
Configuring the Public URI in Rational Team Concert setup menu hangs with the Loading configuration settings message
CRJAZ1558E when testing the JazzAdmin User
Detailed System Requirements for the Rational Team Concert 2.0.x client environment
Error attempting to create new LDAP user registry for Jazz Team Server with Websphere Application Server
Finalizing Setup results in error "CRJZS5260E failed to connect to Jena"
How to archive timelines or iterations in Rational Team Concert
How to change the timeout value using floating licenses on Rational Team Concert
How to extract a Process Template from an Existing Project Area
How to upgrade Tomcat bundle with Rational Jazz Team Server
Invalid UUID error during CCM project creation
LDAP user validation error: The user "XXXXXXX" does not have the JazzAdmins role
Nested MVS sandboxes cause synchronization errors
Rational Team Concert repository database ChangeEvents scrubbing
Removing Expired Temporary Licenses results in error
Running the 'Requirements' data collection job results in 'Failed' status with 'HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized' error
Starting the RTC WebSphere profile results in the "ADMU7704E:" error reported in the WebSphere startServer.log file
Troubleshooting Guide for Configuring Apache Tomcat to run as a Windows Service with Jazz Team Server
Unable to access .jsp files through the web client
Unexpected error message when setting up LDAP in Rational Team Concert
The new year is starting to really ramp up as we all return from our holidays and start digging into strategies and goals for 2013... Of course one of those goals is to remain committed to bringing you the latest and greatest content you need! So, here you go! The following items went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Three steps to rapid development of high-quality medical devices
By: Keith Collyer, PhD, Senior Solution Manager, Electronics and Medical Devices Industry Solutions, IBM, Martin R. Bakal, Worldwide Offering Manager, Electronics Industry, IBM, and Paridhi Verma, Go-to-Market Manager, Electronics Industry, IBM
Medical device developers face challenges that are different from those in developing products in most other industries. Chief among these is the imperative of compliance with safety regulations and industry standards. Three IBM experts describe ways to enhance key processes and improve and integrate to accelerate development, yet still produce high-quality devices that comply with regulations.
Products: Rational DOORS, Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Rhapsody
Improve safety-related software development with a model-based testing workflow
By: Paul Urban, Senior Systems Market Manager, IBM Corporation and Udo Brockmeyer, PhD, CEO, BTC Embedded Systems AG
Developing safety-critical software, where failure can result in injury or loss of life, such as in airplanes, automobiles, trains, or medical devices, requires extra care and effort. The delivery of safe code that is compliant with strict development standards and guidelines such as DO-178C, DO-178B, ISO 26262, IEC 61508, or IEC 62304, can result in increased time and cost of the project. This article describes how to extend the advantages of using the Rhapsody Reference workflow included with the IBM Rational Rhapsody Kit for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 for development of safety-critical applications. You will learn about the Rhapsody Reference workflow, and how to use model-based testing with the Rational Rhapsody TestConductor Add On to verify the model and the generated code. This reduces the time to deliver high-quality software yet still complies with safety standards.
Product: Rational Rhapsody
Error handling in embedded SQL for C/C++ on IBM z/OS systems
By: Francesco Cassullo, Software Developer, IBM and Igor Todorovski, Software Developer, IBM
This is a guide to detecting SQL errors in C/C++ applications with embedded SQL on the IBM z/OS platform. It includes sample code for performing simple error-checking and a more advanced technique for more in-depth error analysis. All material is based on and tested with IBM z/OS DB2 Versions 8 to 10 and z/OS XL C/C++ compilers V1R11 to V1R13.
Product: C/C++ Compilers
Featured download: IBM Rational Rhapsody
IBM Rational Rhapsody family provides multiple editions to help systems engineers and embedded software developers analyze, design, develop, test, and deliver embedded, real-time systems and software.
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our pages that you may find of interest:
If you haven't checked out the C/C++ cafe in a while, here's a taste of what you've been missing out on:
Initializing static objects across C++ files and libraries- The holiday season is always a good time to reflect on the past. Here I am thinking about a problem that brought me the "ah-hah" moment last month. Problem While compiling the following C++ program, you might assume that the objects...
December 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Linux V12.1 Released- The December 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Linux, V12.1 is now available at the following links and on Fix Central: December 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Linux, V12.1 Can't find the updates for your compiler? Check out our C/C++ compiler latest update page here...
November 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Blue Gene/Q, V12.1 Released- The November 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Blue Gene/Q, V12.1 is now available at the following links and on Fix Central: November 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Blue Gene/Q, V12.1 Can't find the updates for your compiler? Check out our C/C++ compiler latest...
November 2012 XL C/C++ for AIX, V12.1 PTFs Released- The November 2012 Compiler PTFs for XL C/C++ for AIX, V12.1 are now available at the following links and on Fix Central: November 2012 PTF for XL C for AIX, V12.1 November 2012 PTF for XL C/C++ for AIX, V12.1 Can't find the updates for your compiler? Check out...
OpenMP 15th year Birthday at SuperComputing 12, Meeting C++ trip report and ISOCPP.org- Happy Birthday OpenMP! About 15 years ago, the OpenMP ARB Corporation was incorporated as a Minnesota non-profit company. Not-many mains stream parallel language can make that claim. I think it was Bjarne who commented that new parallel languages get invented...
Functional Testing in Google Chrome Using IBM Rational Functional Tester v8.3.x- This demonstration shows you the setup and configuration tasks for preparing Rational Functional Tester for functional testing in Google Chrome browsers.
Last week, the Rational blog: The Invisible Thread posted that the 2013 IBM Champion nominations for Rational software are now open!
The IBM Champion program, hosted by developerWorks, recognizes exceptional contributors to the technical community -- clients and partners who work alongside IBM to build solutions for a smarter planet. For Rational, IBM Champions are clients or partners who lead and mentor their peers and motivate them toward our software solutions and services. Champions can be found running user groups, managing websites, speaking at conferences, answering questions in online forums, and writing blogs, submitting wiki articles, sharing how-to videos, and writing technical books.
Nominate someone that you know
Each of you is a member of a technical community, user group, or related network. Do you know a person who really stands out in their efforts to show others how to get the most out of Rational software? Do they use social media, technical forums and communities to do this effectively? Then you can nominate them to be an IBM Champion for Rational.
Benefits for being selected as an IBM Champion
In addition to merchandise customized with the IBM Champion logo, IBM Champions will receive:
- Visibility, recognition and networking opportunities at IBM events and conferences.
- Special access to product development teams, and invitations and discounts to events and conferences.
- Online recognition via their IBM Connections profile on developerWorks, with a special designation of "IBM Champion" and a listing of notable achievements.
IBM Champions retain their title for one year, after which they can apply for renewal.
Nomination process and eligibility
Self nominations and nominations by proxy will be accepted online through February 8, 2013. A panel of IBMers will evaluate each nominee's contributions over the past 12 months, considering community impact, expertise, and overall community contributions, both in terms of quality and level of participation across a wide variety of activities. Nominees will be notified by IBM if they are selected. Although IBM employees are not eligible for the program, IBMers are indeed encouraged to nominate deserving partners and clients as well.
For more information To learn more about the IBM Champion program and to submit a nomination, visit: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/champion
There are new videos available on IBM Education Assistant for Rational. First, there is a new video on virtual tester licensing for Rational Performance Tester. Secondly, there are nine new videos for Rational Developer for Power Systems Software for the categories listed below. Check them out!
Rational Performance Tester
Rational Developer for Power Systems Software
Your feedback helps us improve. You can find the feedback form on the category pages for your product and version. The feedback form is quick and easy. Leave comments and let us know if these demonstrations help you achieve your goals.
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.
There are new videos available on the IBM Rational Support channel on YouTube. These are quick videos on starting the Rational DOORS Web Access server and how to use some basic features of the DOORS Web Access client. Check them out!
Rational DOORS Web Access
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Title: Integrating ClearCase and Rational Team Concert for Project Management, Work items and Jazz team builds
Abstract: You can leverage your investment in IBM Rational ClearCase and enhance it with agile planning, work item execution and change management with IBM Rational Team Concert. This document provides information about the necessary requirements and identifies resources that will assist you in setting up the integration.
Released: November 30, 2012
Author: Christopher Guild
From us in IBM Rational Client Support, we wish you all a very happy New Year and hope the future brings you all the successes and joy you can handle!
For now, though, don't mind me, I'm just gonna dig into my big bowl of Hoppin' John and make sure I get some of that good luck hidden within...
Country Bacon, Collards, and Black-Eyed Peas
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How about one last Live on developerWorks Rational
entry to close out 2012? What, you didn't think we'd leave you without some solid technical content before the year ended, did you? The following items went live on developerWorks Rational the past two weeks:
Adapt and scale agile requirements practices in a DevOps environment
By: Cherifa Mansoura, PhD, Solution Architect, IBM
Cherifa Mansoura explains how disciplined agile delivery and agile requirements practices can scale in a DevOps environment for future maintenance and operations on existing products, and a business analyst can help ensure fruitful collaboration between Development and Operations teams.
Product: Rational Requirements Composer
Develop a CICS Java-based Axis2 web service
By: Amy M. Silberbauer, Executive IT Specialist, IBM
A meet-in-the-middle approach to complex service definitions in WSDL, for a complete, multiplatform service.
Product: Rational Application Developer, Rational Developer for System z
Automate investment analysis to predict product success or failure
By: Swathi Jain, User Assistance Team Lead, IBM and Veena K. Omprakash, Information Developer, IBM
Use Investment Analysis in Rational Focal Point to analyze likely outcomes for software and car manufacturing projects. Part 1 explains how to use the Investment Analysis feature in Rational Focal Point to build a simple financial model for a software project. Part 2 describes a more advanced model for similar car manufacturing projects. It reuses variables for another project and compares financial results.
Product: Rational Focal Point
Simplify build and deployment automation for complex projects
By: Li Luo, IBM Certified IT Specialist, IBM, José De Jesús, Senior Certified Architect, IBM, and Derrick Wong, Senior Consultant, IBM
Streamline steps, checkpoints, and exceptions by using a Java-based script that processes an external control file.
Product: Rational Build Forge
We are also highlighted the following items on our pages that you may find of interest.
Featured download - IBM Rational Requirements Composer
IBM Rational Requirements Composer provides the essential business support for teams of all sizes and complexity to define and capture business needs and manage all types of requirements across the project lifecycle. It fosters better business and development collaboration in a web-based requirements community involving a wide set of stakeholders including customers, analysts, developers, testers, etc. Rational Requirements Composer is an important part of IBM's Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution seamlessly integrated with Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager. Through role-based access, project teams can shorten planning cycles and reduce rework cost by aligning development and test effort with requirements and business objectives.
Evaluate Rational Build Forge: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rbuildforge/cloud.html
Evaluate Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/tryonline.html
Enterprise modernization sandbox for System z: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/emsandbox_systemz/index.html
Our friends at IBM Rational Education have been creating and maintaining Youtube playlists for a few years now, basing their playlists generally on product lines making it easy for you as a client to find the relevant videos for you! Consider this post a highlight of just one of the many amazing resources we provide to help you, our clients learn, solve, troubleshoot, and innovatively implement solutions to succeed in your business.
You can find their playlists directly on Youtube here, or choose the appropriate individual products below:
If you've scrolled this far, you deserve a bit of a present... here's a video from back in 2010 which covers why requirements management really matters... which still holds true today, if not more than ever:
If you're unlucky enough to be stuck working this week, we hope at least that you will be able to take the quiet time and accomplish some of those forgotten items. To help you do that, here's a listing of some Quick Tip videos and How-To tips from IBM Electronic Support's community aimed at helping you get the most from the IBM Support Portal and Fix Central:
Tip of the Week: How to Link your IBM Customer Number to your IBM ID- What benefits do I receive by linking my IBM Customer Number (ICN) and my IBM ID? Ability to download software fixes you are entitled to. A customized view of your IBM products and services. Viewing content that made available to IBM clients only. Faster creation of service requests. With full access, the ability to see all current service requests across your company under your linked ICN. For additional help with linking your IBM Customer Number (ICN) and IBM ID in the IBM Service Request tool, visit this checklist with screen captures of the process: http://ibm.com/software/support/servicerequest/quick_start.html
Today's Video: Using IBM Service Request to review PMRs from the web- This video describes how you can use IBM Service Request (or SR) to view your PMRs on the web. Access SR through the IBM Support Portal at: http://ibm.co/SupportPortalfromYT
Today's Video: Using IBM Service Request on your mobile device- This video describes how you can review your PMR status and history from your mobile device by using the IBM Service Request (or SR) mobile implementation. Visit SR at: http://ibm.co/SRfromYT
Tip of the Week: We Love Feedback!- This short, 2 minute video demonstrates how you, our loyal customers can help IBM Support improve its content by leaving feedback on document pages found through the IBM Support Portal.
What were the top 50 technotes reused in 2012? Well, I'm glad you asked!
Following are the teachnotes most used by our technical support engineers to help resolve the PMRs and issues you called in. In many cases, based on our implementation of Knowledge Centered Support (KCS) principles, these technotes were created to solve an issue from a PMR, and then reused again and again to solve the same issue for others.
|1250403||How to obtain license keys for IBM Rational products||Rational Common Licensing|
|1208895||Utility to collect ClearCase logs and diagnostic data on Linux, AIX, HP-UX and Solaris||Rational ClearCase|
|1131335||Utility to collect ClearCase logs and diagnostic data on Windows||Rational ClearCase|
|1308308||How to move licenses to a new server||Rational Common Licensing|
|1302974||System Requirements for ClearCase 7.1.x||Rational ClearCase|
|1410649||Stay connected to IBM Rational Client Support||Rational Customer Support|
|1294762||System Requirements for ClearQuest 7.1.x||Rational ClearQuest|
|1605567||How to generate license keys for Rational Products from Rational License Key Center website||Rational Common Licensing|
|1474620||How to install Rational License Key Server 8.1.x on Microsoft Windows||Rational Common Licensing|
|1250433||How to obtain Rational license keys||Rational Common Licensing|
|7012775||About the Rational Asset Manager Information Center||Rational Asset Manager|
|1117710||How to point to a Rational License Server to get licenses||Rational Common Licensing|
|1224586||System Requirements for the ClearCase Remote Client||Rational ClearCase|
|7013777||Detailed System Requirements for Rational RequisitePro v7.1.x||Rational RequisitePro|
|1612044||Important update for IBM Rational Requirements Composer version 4.0||Rational Requirements Composer|
|4032641||Installation Manager, Version 1.6||IBM Installation Manager|
|1125539||About multisiteinfo.pl perl script||Rational ClearCase MultiSite|
|1597061||Compatibility across releases for ClearCase clients and servers||Rational ClearCase|
|1298482||How to create and manage Enhancement Requests in the Rational RFE Community||Rational Customer Support|
|1254371||How to enable a permanent license key over a temporary key in Rational Software Delivery Platform - Desktop Products||Rational Common Licensing|
|1474621||How to install Rational License Server 8.1.1 on UNIX||Rational Common Licensing|
|4032168||IBM Rational System Architect 188.8.131.52 suite released||Rational System Architect|
|1395870||Rational 7.x product installation fails because GSKit installation hangs||Rational ClearQuest|
|1142606||About fix_prot||Rational ClearCase|
|1117638||About Firewalls and ClearCase||Rational ClearCase|
|1135509||About the CLEARCASE_PRIMARY_GROUP variable||Rational ClearCase|
|4033320||Rational Performance Tester 8.3||Rational Performance Tester|
|1398716||Rational RFE Community now Preferred Method for Requests for Enhancements||Rational Customer Support|
|1234135||Registering a VOB or creating a new View or VOB reports error: Failed to record hostname||Rational ClearCase|
|7023507||Understanding the Date Based Licensing Concept of Telelogic Products||Rational Common Licensing|
|1315781||Available releases and Interim Fixes for Rational PurifyPlus||Rational PurifyPlus|
|1129543||Configuring Wireshark to troubleshoot performance issues||Rational Customer Support|
|1324457||How to reset the Administrator password in DOORS when it has been lost||Rational DOORS|
|1257370||How to serve a license key to client machines through a firewall||Rational Common Licensing|
|1358566||How to uninstall ClearCase 7.1 on Windows||Rational ClearCase|
|4032358||Installation Manager, Version 1.5.3||IBM Installation Manager|
|1615223||Invalid UUID error during CCM project creation||Rational Team Concert|
|1366509||MustGather: ClearQuest Web 7.1 Server||Rational ClearQuest|
|4032379||Passport Advantage parts list for Rational Application Developer v8.5||Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software|
|1250404||Product Activation of Eclipse-based Rational products||Rational Common Licensing|
|4032855||Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 8.5||Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software|
|4033361||Rational ClearCase Fix Pack 08 (184.108.40.206) for 7.1.2||Rational ClearCase|
|1239315||System Requirements for ClearCase 7.0.x.x||Rational ClearCase|
|1124425||Additional examples of the cleartool find command||Rational ClearCase|
|1506940||Administering CCRC WAN server||Rational ClearCase|
|1146614||Canceling UCM rebase fails with error: cleartool: Error: Rebase in progress on stream||Rational ClearCase|
|7019811||Capacity planning for Rational Performance Tester||Rational Performance Tester|
|7014067||ClearCase 7.1.x Hardware and Software requirements||Rational ClearCase|
|1258546||ClearCase Support for Non-Global Zones||Rational ClearCase|
|1438403||Collecting Data: Solving Rational Quality Manager issues||Rational Quality Manager|
We wish you all the best this holiday season and hope your day is filled with joy and relaxation!
On the off chance you are reading the blog today, here's a little classic tribute in song from those elves who, like us, work behind the scenes on the Island of Misfit Toys...
'Tis a quiet day today as many of us make those final preparations for Christmas day tomorrow. As we move into this holiday week, we here on NFRS will be taking a bit of a break as well. We've queued up a few posts to keep you all set with content, but today, tomorrow and January 1st will be light on the technical content in deference to some good old fashioned merry making.
For today, we wish you all the best, and hope that if you are travelling you make it safely to and from your destination. If you aren't travelling and aren't bogged down with last minute work or chores, perhaps you'll enjoy an old classic: