The following articles, trials, webcasts, and featured contributing author highlights all went live on developerWorks Rational in the past two weeks. You won't want to miss these great resources!
Install the DB2 database included in Rational ClearQuest for better support By Vivek K Pandey (firstname.lastname@example.org), IT Specialist - Rational change and configuration management, IBM You can use any of several relational databases with ClearQuest 7.1.2 or later, but you save money and get enhanced support by using DB2, because it is bundled with ClearQuest. Setup on UNIX can be tricky if you are not familiar with DB2, so this article explains installation and configuration. Product: IBM Rational ClearQuest
Create or automatically generate baselines from multiple RequisitePro projects By Fabian Lomeli (email@example.com), Software Engineer, IBM By using the Baseline Manager Library API in Rational RequisitePro, you can create baselines, view them in a directory, or compare two baselines. You can also build new projects from existing project baselines, create baselines for multiple projects, or automate baseline creation. Learn how. Product: IBM Rational RequisitePro
Case study of the Rational Harmony systems engineering process, Part 1 By Mohit Choudhary (firstname.lastname@example.org), Systems Engineer, RealTime TechSolutions Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) captures system requirements plus the design decisions that fulfill them. It can help validate cost, performance studies, or design choices. This is a case study of IBM Rational Harmony for Systems Engineers, an MBSE method that translates functional requirements into a description of system operations. Product: IBM Rational Harmony
Case study of the Rational Harmony systems engineering process, Part 2 Distributed systems are inherently data-oriented, so the focus on data entities and behavior is essential in model-based systems engineering (MBSE), such as the Rational Harmony process. This article explores how to develop an MBSE process for analysis and design of distributed systems. Product: IBM Rational Harmony
This week we are highlighting the following items on the developerWorks Rational home page and product pages that you may find of interest:
We are also very pleased to feature Contributing Author Steve Speicher
Steve Speicher is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member who focuses on Rational change management solutions and integrations. He is the lead for the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) Core and Change Management areas, which deliver open REST and Linked Data specifications, as well as implementations within the Rational change management products. Steve formerly worked in emerging standardization efforts in healthcare and compound documents (W3C). He received an IBM Software Group Master Inventor award in 2009.
Video on the Rational Support YouTube channel is here.
Author: Raymond Pearse
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Today we find Jakub Jurkiewicz in Poland. Jakub has a passion for software requirements, which helps drive him in supporting Rational Team Concert as well as his PhD studies and teaching roles! Check out his recommended websites and twitter id to learn even more! As always, check out our previous spotlights using the 'interview' tag!
Tell us a little about yourself: who are you, what is your role in Rational Client Support? My name is Jakub Jurkiewicz, I'm 27. Our team is located at Poznań University of Technology in Poland. We mainly deliver Eclipse support, but some of us (including me) are also part of world wide Rational Team Concert support team. I work half time in the office, the rest of my time is filled with my responsibilities at the university as I'm a PhD student and an academic teacher.
How long have you been working for IBM and Rational? I started working in January 2007 when our office was founded.
Have you had any other roles in Rational? Not yet.
What are you currently working on? I'm part of Eclipse and RTC support teams, so I'm mostly involved in solving PMRs. Currently I'm also preparing a workshop we're going to deliver at Java conference "GeeCon" which is going to be held in Poznań, Poland.
Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use? I must say I am. I love Apple stuff! Especially for it's design and usability.
What gadget, which you currently own, can you not live without? iPhone which is my phone, my eBook reader, my scheduler, my cook book, my game pad, my handy camera, my music player, my alarm clock (it even knows what is the best moment to wake me up!) and all the other things you can thing of.
What is your favorite part of working for Rational Client Support? The surprise! You can never be sure what your new day will bring to you. Are there new PMRs going to be interesting and challenging? or maybe you are going to receive an email asking to answer some interview questions like these?
What inspires you in your work? The feeling that I can help someone today.
What are you passionate about? Software requirements which are the main area of my PhD research. Working in the support allows me to see the requirements from the opposite side. I can see what customers really want, how they articulate their needs, what are their real problems.
What tip or trick would you like to share with the class? Start your day with the most important tasks. If they are done, you can do all the other stuff being sure that the most crucial things are done.
How do you define success? Waking up in the morning with a smile and with the ability to make other people smile.
In your spare time, if you have any, what hobbies or activities interest you? I love being active; it involves gym, yoga, running, tennis and all the other things that make me moving.
When did you first become interested in activities like the gym, yoga, running, and tennis? I always wanted to move more, but my excuse was that I could not find a place and time to exercise. Fortunately about 1.5 years ago a new gym was opened 5 minutes from my flat, so my excuses were not valid any more and I had to start moving.
What tools / skills have you acquired that you feel are vital to your success in this field? Just schedule few slots of time in your calendar for body exercises and stick to it.
Aside from being active, do you have any other passions? Yes, cooking. I love the feeling when I know that my friends will come to my place. I can start looking for a nice recipe, I can go to a shop and choose all the ingredients, I can prepare everything and at the end enjoy spending time with my friends.
If you were stuck on a technology deprived island, what single technology could you not live without? The Internet is the first thing that comes to my mind.
What is on your nightstand with regard to reading? I like all similar to the work of John Irving, Jonathan Carroll, John Grisham and Harlan Coben. Recently I have also started to listen to audiobooks, which are great to listen to while commuting.
What is your favorite technology that fizzled or failed to live up to the hype? Google Wave. Does anyone use it? I remember everyone talking about it, but after all no-one knows what it could be used for.
Any new technologies that you think are about to break into the big time? Semantic web. We need to start being able to understand all the data we store on the web, otherwise we will be stuck where we are now.
What future technology would make your life easier? Really good automatic/machine translation. Unfortunately I cannot find time to learn all the languages I would love to, so if I could have a tool which allows me to translate everything on the fly then it would be a life saver in a lot of situations.
How do you grow your technical skills? I try to read a lot, especially technical blogs and practice as much as possible.
How do you prefer to find answers to your questions? Google, if it's not there then ask friends. If I still cannot find the answer then I try to post my questions on different forums around the Internet.
How are you using social networking today? I use it a lot. I love seeing what other people are up to. I like to share my thoughts and see how people react, what their opinions are.
How could you see yourself using it in 5 years? Great question! But I'm afraid I don't know the answer. It's extremely dynamic environment and I guess even people who came up with all the social networking ideas don't know which way it will develop.
IBM Rational Software Architect (RSA) Support would like to invite you to the first RSA Open Mic conference call.
Title: RSA Open Mic Call Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009 Time: 2pm-3pm Eastern Time Topic: General RSA Support Issues Conference telephone numbers: Participants, Tie: 650-9010 Participants, Toll: 719-457-2703 Participants, Toll free: 888-293-6966 Confirmation Code: 3296418
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The intent of this conference is to have a casual discussion with IBMRational Support, to share thoughts, ideas, and information to allattendees. This will be a phone conference only; there will be noaccompanying webcast. This discussion will not cover future productdirection or the status/progress on open RFEs, APARs or PMRs.
The conference will be moderated to keep the call moving and toappropriately triage issues/concerns to PMRs as needed. This may meancertain problems will need to be taken offline for additional researchor specific expertise.
Anyone planning on attending that would like to offer a question oridea for discussion beforehand, or anyone who cannot attend and wouldlike a question or thought added to the discussion, please post here onthis dW forum thread. Every effort will be made to speak to all items postedhere, time permitting, in the conference. We are looking forward to agreat discussion.
'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: