Rational Developer for System z added the CARMA Enhanced Edit feature for CA Endevor SCM users in the 8.5.1 release. This CARMA Enhanced Edit feature is RDz's implementation of CA Endevor's Fast/Quick Edit. This feature allows RDz users to edit elements in the Endevor repository without having to retrieve/extract element out of repository into external file. When performing changes to a program, user will start by selecting the "version" of program/element within Endevor that they want to change. This usually is the "production" version of the program/element. When working with RDz CARMA, user would select (right-click on) element to be opened and select Edit/'Edit with' from the context menu.
When the CARMA Edit Element UI screen appears, user indicates to CARMA where they want element copied. This would typically be the "entry" environment/stage where they are allowed to edit element.
So what Endevor "actions" does CARMA use to copy "production" element into entry/editing environment/stage? That is a very important question because there are several different Endevor "actions" to do this, but not all RDz users are authorized to perform all Endevor "actions". The Endevor "actions" to handle this copy are generated from the RDz host Endevor RAM. These "actions" are run in foreground mode because of the unpredictable nature of running "action" as a batch job (CARMA has no idea when job will run/complete). Below I've listed how this "copy" of the element to "entry" environment/stage is handled in the available 8.5 releases and 9.0.
RDz 8.5.1 Endevor RAM: This was the initial implementation of the CARMA enhanced edit feature. In this release, the copy of the element to "entry" environment/stage is done using the Endevor GENERATE ELEMENT "action", with the "copyback" option. We have found that foreground GENERATEs are not allowed or are problematic in some customer environments.
RDz 22.214.171.124/9.0 Endevor RAM: In these releases, the copy to "entry" environment/stage was changed to use the Endevor TRANSFER ELEMENT "action". The element is opened in the RDz editor after the foreground Transfer has completed. In many cases, when the element is opened, some/all dependencies are not resolved until a GENERATE is done for the element being edited in this Environment/stage. We have also found that some customer sites do not allow RDz users to run Transfer "action".
RDz 126.96.36.199 Endevor RAM: In this release, the default way that CARMA handles this "copy" is still with the Endevor TRANSFER ELEMENT "action", however, we also allow you to configure RDz to use the RETRIEVE ELEMENT (from "prod") and ADD ELEMENT (to "test") "actions" to handle this "copy". To configure CARMA to use RETRIEVE-ADD "actions" for program/element "copy", you need to un-comment the 'ENTRY-STAGE-COPY-MODE = RETRIEVE-ADD' statement in the appropriate RDz CARMA CRACFG file. The CRACFG file is allocated in carma.endevor.conf (CRASTART servers) or CRASUBCA (CARMA batch servers).
To resolve dependencies when an element is opened using CARMA Enhanced Edit, a GENERATE ELEMENT request was added (188.8.131.52) following the TRANSFER/RETRIEVE-ADD "actions", however, this has again caused problems for customers that don't allow users to run foreground GENERATEs. An internal APAR has been opened to provide the 'Bypass generate processor' option on the Edit Element UI screen that appears when doing CARMA Enhanced Edit.
When you select this option, keep in mind there is good chance all dependencies will not be resolved by the RDz editor until a GENERATE is done on the element being opened, in the Endevor environment it is being opened from. This option should only be selected if you have trouble running foreground GENERATEs.
The current versions of RDz are 184.108.40.206 and 9.0 (Nov. 2013). The APAR mentioned in the previous paragraph will be delivered in the 8.5.1.next and 9.0.next RDz host PTFs. To verify what CA Endevor "actions" are being used in your environment, you can view the Endevor "actions" used in the MSG3FILE. The MSG3FILE is allocated in the user's CARMA server who performed the CARMA Enhanced Edit on element.
APAR PM96642 is fixed in Rational Developer for System z (RDz) v220.127.116.11 fixpack. This APAR picks up a fix from the Rational Common Licensing (RCL) product, and is not listed as one of the APARs fixed in that fixpack since it is an internal APAR.
The problem described in this APAR will occur if you are using a floating license with RDz, and the Rational Common licensing logger configuration file was not configured when RCL was first installed. The fix for this APAR will allow a restart of the RCL so that the configuration file will be read.
Our Jazz.net authors have been quite productive recently writing and publishing a slew of blog posts on the topics of DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Check out a selection of posts below from the subject matter experts themselves as they discuss deep technical topics that can help you improve your own release cycles, performance, and efficiency in deployments!
DevOps Culture - Retrospectives and continuous improvement- In the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project we have declared three imperatives for improvement in order to increase our agility with a goal of continuous delivery: culture, process, and tools. Of these three things, culture is, in my opinion, the most difficult thing to change because it’s less tangible than processes and tools and because culture is often deeply ingrained in an organization and a team. Consequently, cultural changes can take a long time to implement. This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll discuss some of the important cultural issues and changes that we’ve tackled in the CLM project.
DevOps for Dummies now available!-You have probably heard about DevOps but you want to cut through the hype and understand more about this approach. That is the genesis of DevOps for Dummies, authored by IBM’s Sanjeev Sharma. It is written to appeal to both practitioners and managers and to show you how you can apply a new DevOps approach to more rapidly deliver innovative applications and services that solve real business problems.
Rapid build deployment using IBM UrbanCode Deploy- Previously I have focused on build performance in posts like Speeding up the pipeline by slowing down builds and Rethinking personal builds, but there is a lot more to a continuous delivery pipeline than build times. Once a build produces artifacts, you need to do something with them. Often the next step is to install the product onto a machine for either testing or production use. The installation is typically a process such as copying a zip to a machine and unzipping it or running an install program, but can sometimes be more complicated when special configuration is required. Below I describe how we have started using IBM UrbanCode Deploy to allow builds to easily and automatically install, configure and invoke server applications onto machines in the cloud before an application installer has even been created.
Working towards continuous deployment in Jazz.net- I have worked for IBM for about 20 years, moving back and forth between development, customer support and IT operations roles. Working in these different roles helped give me perspective for my current role as the manager for Jazz Continuous Deployments/DevOps. In this role I am responsible for ensuring that our multiple staging and self-hosting environments are stable and always using the latest driver or sprint of the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products. We are not yet at the point where we can automatically deploy a new driver daily to production, but we are working towards that goal.
Unify your test automation for continuous delivery- This is the second article about testing in our Continuous Delivery series to share practices we have adopted in our own development team within Rational Team Concert (RTC). The presented techniques are used to control software evolution and to improve the quality of our code base. Since there is a variety of IBM and open source tools we are using, we focus here on the practices and techniques rather than on particular tools.
From ‘use what we sell’ to ‘practice what we preach’- This is part three in our blog series describing the transformation of our internal ALM development organization toward a Continuous Delivery model. In this series, we describe the motivations behind adoption of a Continuous Delivery model and the many challenges we faced as we embarked on this transformation from both the planning and execution perspectives.
Role of the run team in our Continuous Delivery process- I am one of the developers in the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project contributing to the Tracking and Planning (TAP) functionality of Rational Team Concert (RTC). I have been part of the TAP team from last four years and involved in delivering RTC in longer and shorter release cycles. You would have read posts written by my colleagues on how we changed our processes and organized our teams for adapting to the Continuous Delivery lifecycle. This blog is the continuation to these posts, in which I’ll be talking about the "Run Team" and its necessity and role in delivering quality values to our product. We have been running the Run Team from the last four releases (since 4.0.1) and I was part of the team for three releases and led the team during two releases.
Rational Team Concert source control makes continuous delivery easier- Rational Team Concert (RTC) has started releasing quarterly. Since large features rarely fit into such short cycles, we’re making heavy use of RTC’s branching and merging functionality. That could result in merge hell, but it doesn’t. This post will give you an idea of how the RTC team uses our own source control management system, and show how its design helps large teams maintain many branches without nightmarish merging.
How does Rational ‘do Continuous Delivery?’- This is part two in our blog series describing the transformation of our internal ALM development organization toward a Continuous Delivery model. In this series, we describe the motivations behind adoption of a Continuous Delivery model and the many challenges we faced as we embarked on this transformation from both the planning and execution perspectives.
Organizing our teams for Continuous Delivery- You may have been reading the blog posts of my colleagues around continuous delivery including the motivation behind it, our focus areas as we transformed from annual to quarterly releases, and some process improvements that we implemented. Continuing this theme, in this blog I’ll write about one of the most dramatic changes that we underwent as a development team to support continuous delivery - the restructuring of the team itself into a new avatar that we like to believe is more agile and more user focused than it was earlier.
Rational DOORS v9 x: Requirements Change Management Options- IBM Rational DOORS v9 x: Change Management by Systems Engineer Steve Grossman. This video explores two options for Change management for requirements in IBM Rational DOORS:
1. The Change Proposal System or CPS, that is built into DOORS
2. Integration with OSLC-based change tools such as Rational Team Concert
I'm constantly amazed at the great information our developerWorks authors produce on such a consistent basis. To prove that point, here are the latest articles from the past week that have gone live on developerWorks Rational:
Develop reliable software with DevOps
By: Bob Aiello, Consultant and Technical editor, CM Best Practices Consulting (Division of Yellow Spider, Inc) and Leslie Sachs, COO, Yellow Spider, Inc.
Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs teach you how to create reliable systems using principles and practices that are emerging as part of DevOps.
Products: IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational Focal Point
A macro-pattern for public sector systems architecture
By: Jan K. Gravesen, Executive Architect, IBM
Jan Graveson gives you a common systems architecture pattern to help you accelerate the design of new systems architectures for the public sector.
Product: IBM Rational System Architect
JazzHub: Collborate in the cloud in less than 10 minutes
By: Jean-Louis Maréchaux, Worldwide Technical Enablement Lead, IBM and Fariz Saracevic, Lifecycle Scenario Architect, IBM
Jean-Louis Maréchaux and Fariz Saracevic take you on a tour of Jazz Hub in this scenario-based article. With Jazz Hub your team will quickly and easily collaborate on projects.
What's new in IBM Rational Application Developer V9.0 Portal Tools
By: Mansi Gaba, Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Mansi Gaba introduces you to the new and enhanced features. Support for jQuery tooling, the Maven framework, Mac OS, and simplified Dojo mobile view creation are some of the top improvements.
Product: IBM Rational Application Developer
These are the top 20 technotes across all Rational products that were reused during October to help solve your PMRs. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since October 16th! These links below are provided to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products.... Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously missed:
0:14 - Integration with Build Forge 3:45 - Continuous integration servers working with UrbanCode Deploy 4:40 - Example Ant tasks to add different capabilities 8:53 - Verification of live systems 9:51 - Integration with RQM - prechecks 12:30 - Integration with RQM - steps
We're knee deep into fall now, and well into November already! How did that happen? I'm not sure of the time-space continuum shift that has truncated this year, but what I am sure of is that our awesome developerWorks authors have been steadily publishing their great articles regardless of how short or long the year has seemed... Here are the latest articles from the past few weeks which have gone live on Rational developerWorks:
Analyzing data in an agile world By: Scott Snyder, Senior Performance Architect, IBM
Learn to interpret test results in an adaptable way. Scott Snyder shows you the techniques and tooling that should make data analysis more interactive. Product: IBM Rational Team Concert
Develop a hybrid mobile application using Rational Application Developer By: Hamid Kalantari, Staff software engineer, IBM
Top 10 modeling hints for system engineers: #10: Forget 7 ± 2 By: Bruce Douglass, Rational Chief Evangelist, Systems Engineering, IBM
Bruce Douglass gives one hint a week to help you with modeling. This 10-week series starts with #10: Forget 7 ± 2 Products: IBM Rational Rhapsody, IBM Rational System Architect, IBM Rational Software Architect
Debugging optimized code By: Rajan Bhakta, Technical Architect, z/OS XL C/C++ compilers, IBM
Rajan Bhakta gives you ways to make the right tradeoffs to get the easiest possible debugging and fastest possible optimization. Products: IBM C/C++ Compiler
Adopting the IBM DevOps approach By: Paul Bahrs, Chief Architect, Emerging technologies, IBM
This practice-based framework will help you assess your current practices and build a roadmap to DevOps adoption.
Be smart with virtualization, Part 2 By: Mike Donati, ClearCase Performance Team Lead, IBM, Ryan Smith, Software Performance Analyst, IBM, and Grant Covell, Senior Development Manager, Rational Performance Engineering, IBM
Part 2 of this article series brings you even more best practices for using IBM Rational software in virtualized environments. Products: IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational ClearCase
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and V9 Rational IDEs simplify application development By: Jean-Yves B. Rigolet, Rational IDE Cloud Architect and Lead, IBM
The new Version 9 rational IDEs are now available on the Smart Cloud Enterprise. No more install and configuration, just continuous access to your development environment from multiple devices. Learn more from Jean-Yves Rigolet. Products: Rational Developer for System z, Rational Developer for Power, IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM Rational Team Concert
Server-side mobile application development By: Bhargav Perepa, WebSphere Architect and IT Specialist, IBM
A five-part article series that explains how to use IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and IBM® Worklight together to develop applications for mobile devices. Bhargav Perepa walks you through the entire process. He provides application and sample configuration files to guide you through the steps. Products: IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM Worklight
The IBM Support Portal has a new look. You have suggested improvements for the IBM Support Portal. We've listened, and our new, simplified website is now available. The simplified design presents the most important content for your product to help you find the information you need, when you need it. After selecting a product from the top of the page, you'll find links to fixes, updates, best practices, product documentation, troubleshooting technical notes, social media channels, tools and resources, and so much more. Please visit the new site today at support.ibm.com!
At the IBM Electronic Support blogyou will find an overview of the main pages of the new IBM Support Portal and a description of how to navigate within this new design. Note:Clicking on the images in this linked article will open full-size images in a new browser tab for greater visibility to the discrete features.
Our good friends in Rational User Education have been doing a bang-up job in publishing a ton of great high-value videos on their YouTube channel. In particular here's a losoe-knit series of Agile related videos to cover a wide range of topics germane to those processes and methodologies. For a general overview of the other pages see this article Getting Started With Agile Planning.
In this six part demo series on developerWorks, we show you the ins and outs of IBM Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering. All six of the articles below will take you to pages on developerWorks from which you can either click to view the demo, or download the video and transcripts for review later or in secure environments.
DevOps is reshaping the future of ALM as noted in a recently published Forrester report, Continuous Delivery is Reshaping the Future of ALM, saying "DevOps is now noisily elbowing its way into the mainstream- the revolution is just beginning, but it’s real and the time to act is now."
IBM DevOps is an essential enterprise capability for continuous delivery that enables organizations to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. DevOps enables organizations to adopt and continuously improve in lean and agile practices through shared learning, while extending the boundaries of agile to encompass the full business/client value stream. Effective ALM is a key practice that helps organizations implement a DevOps approach because it allows them to efficiently deliver applications and services with robust performance, transactional integrity, security and control.
We ask that you continue to participate and contribute your ALM expertise to the DevOps Community moving forward. Join our new DevOps Communityto post questions to the Forum or get community insights from our Blog. We look forward to exchanging ideas with you.
We are glad to invite you to the OpenMic* session on "ClearCase 8.0.x - New features and Planning for Upgrade". Keeping in mind that version 7.1.2.x is reaching its ‘End of Support’ by April 2014, this session will help you in planning your ClearCase upgrade to latest supported version. Please join us virtually for a one hour long session on Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 at 3:00 PM IST.
*OpenMics are a series of conference calls and/or webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions on a specific technical topic.
Topic: ClearCase 8.0.x - New features and Planning for Upgrade
IBM Rational ClearCase 8.0.x.x being the latest version has many new features introduced. We would be presenting the new features, advantages of ClearCase 8.0.x.x and upgrade instructions.
When: 23rd October 2013 3:00pm IST (GMT+5:30)
Following are the key areas which we would cover:
Introduction to ClearCase 8.0.x
CCRC WAN Server
Why ClearCase 8.0.x
Planning your upgrade to ClearCase 8.0.x
Technote to be referred and useful links
Upgrade assistance program
Amarnath Srinivas has been a part of IBM Rational Client Support supporting WW clients on various CCM Products like ClearCase, Synergy, Change, ClearQuest. He has overall 9+ years of experience in IT industry mainly in the Configuration management and Network domain. Currently he is performing the role of Technical Support Specialist for ClearCase. He is also part of IBM lab IT infrastructure team hosting and managing ESX environment for WW Rational Client Support.
Avinash Srinivasamurthy is a Staff Software Engineer at IBM Rational Client Support. He is an Accelerated Value Leader for a major Telecom and a Banking client. He also performs the role of Technical Support specialist for ClearCase. With a Masters degree in "Software Systems", he has 7 years of experience in the IT industry mainly in the Configuration management domain. He has been actively involved in the ClearCase implementations and the Upgrade assistance program for major clients.
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September is but a memory, but we've not forgotten! These are the top 20 technotes forRational Licensing that were reused during September to help solve your PMRs. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
Are you curious to know what actions take place internally during the "Performing Test Log Data Transfer" stage in Rational Performance Tester (RPT)?
Here's some background on what happens during the "Performing Test Log data transfer" state:
STAGE-1) During the test, stub files will be created in a temporary directory in a system's temporary location on the RPT workbench system. This directory will have a name like rpt.<ScheduleName>.<number>.
For example: If you have agents named Agent1 and Agent2, the stub files will have names like:
As the playback is running, the actual traffic is written to corresponding files on the agent machines under the agent's deployment_root directory.
STAGE-2) When the playback reaches the "Performing Test Log data transfer" state, RPT will first move the files from the agents to the same temporary directory (rpt.<ScheduleName>.<number>), replacing the stub
files. This is done serially for each agent (i.e. files are moved from Agent1, and then from Agent2, ...). During this step, ideally the ACWinService.exe on the agent currently transferring files will show CPU
use of 5 - 15 %.
STAGE - 3) Once the files are retrieved from all the agents to the temporary directory, the files from all the agents are combined into two files with names like DLRDirectoryAreaPagingFile<number>.dat and DLRPagingFile<number>.dat in the system's temporary location.
STAGE - 4) After the two above files are completed, the rpt.<ScheduleName>.<number> directory is removed.
STAGE - 5) Finally the data is combined into the .executiondlr file in the project. You may check with the files and find out in which stage RPT is completing.
From a product perspective, whenever you encounter a peculiar error or behavior it becomes difficult to think of a starting point that could help you drive towards understanding the cause. Such scenarios demand more information and to have a keen look into the log files generated by the respective application. Such logs as meant to accumulate the granular information based on the configuration or settings imposed while working on a asset under test.
In-line to this from troubleshooting point of view, the initial gathering of data such as logs, product versions and system data plays an important role in investigating the problem reported. A new step towards designing a data collection executable which will help you to retrieve the following information and provide it to IBM support for investigation was put into practice successfully when we released the Data Log Collection Utility last week.
Following are a few data points that this .exe file gathers:
Vital Rational Performance Tester logs
Information about the Product Version installed.
Platform System Environment Details
The intention of designing this utility is that it would help avoiding the initial 3 - 4 interactions required by the Technical Support Engineer to collect basic system and log information. Thus reducing the resolution time cycle of the Problem Management Record.
For more information on how to execute this data collection utility, you may refer the following link:
This is an introduction to the Rational Client Connect program from the Rational Support team. This program helps you get started with electronic support activities such as downloading software, obtaining licenses keys, finding content, and submitting service requests to support.