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Ralph Schoon has posted a great reference, tutorial, and code on his personal blog which provides for A Rational Team Concert WorkItem Command Line! He provides code for a simple Work Item Command Line Client and explains the usage in a detailed but easily understood manner. Of course, noting that the post contains published code derived from examples from Jazz.net as well as the RTC SDK, we need to state that the usage of code from that example source code is governed by this license and as stated in the disclaimer, this code comes with the usual lack of promise or guarantee.
Since we have seen many requests to be able to create and update work items from a command line in the forum, as well as enhancement requests and a story for it in the RTC development repository, we wanted to highlight Ralph's work as a great starting point for creating these solutions. This WorkItemCommandLine should provide access for most of your automation needs when creating work items, as well as standing as a resource for the RTC work Item API.
So, go ahead and check out Ralph's blog post; we think you may find it stands as a hugely valuable resource as you move forward with your own RTC work!
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Creating an Approval Precondition in IBM Rational Team Concert Web Client v5.0.1- This video shows how to create a precondition in the Rational Team Concert web client that requires a work approval before a change set is delivered. For more info
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Top ClearQuest support content in March:
1294762: This technote summarizes the Operating Systems, Databases, Web Browsers, Web Servers and Hosted Development Environments are supported by IBM Rational ClearQuest 7.1.x.
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We're inching closer to Innovate, IBM's Technical Summit, but we don't want to forget you, our core audience, who may not be able to attend this year. So, while you'll see an obvious up-tick in Innovate content over the past week and into the next few, we're still going to be blogging the best support information we can to help you be successful. As before, here's the articles, featured downloads and demos that went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Implement continuous integration in Rational Build Forge
Use PHP and cURL for server-side caching of dynamic web pages
Migrate Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications to a cluster, Part 3
Featured downloads and related demos
We are also pleased to feature Contributing Author Fariz Saracevic
Fariz Saracevic has worked for IBM Rational software since 2004 and is currently a member of the IBM Rational Offering Strategy and Delivery team. He leads agile ALM scenario design, as well as the Rational Money that Matters sample project team, to advance the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). He works closely with other Rational team leads to define and advance agile ALM and CLM capabilities. Before taking this CLM leadership role, Fariz was the Automated Software quality product manager. He co-authored Software Test Engineering with IBM Rational Functional Tester: The Definitive Resource (IBM Press, 2009) and has written or co-written several articles. Fariz speaks at worldwide conferences on the topic of agile ALM. He holds a master's degree in information technology from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University. Fariz can be reached at email@example.com.
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If you’re a developer in a shop that uses Rational ClearCase and Unified Change Management (CC UCM), you understand why our source code management solution is needed to manage your build dependencies and complex components. As your environment grows with thousands of dependencies, performance in your environment is critical. This is one of the many reasons why customers engage the IBM Rational Accelerated Value Team.
In these complex customer environments, speedy execution can fall victim to many things, including the size and complexity of the global software development project teams, network infrastructure, enterprise storage, and not following best practices.
A semiconductor and telecommunications company employs thousands of software developers in more than 150 offices spread across dozens of countries and myriad time zones. Their CC UCM environment is one of the largest in the world and as a result, maintaining acceptable levels of performance was a challenge. It wasn’t until their AVP team members met with the Semiconductor Company’s chip design and engineering leads that they began to measure exactly how their erratic UCM performance was negatively impacting many of the Semiconductor Company’s users.
CC UCM processes like rebase, make baseline, and make stream are critical tasks that are done one or more times daily by every member of the software development team. The use of these ClearCase commands help streamline the delivery and tracks the dependencies of components and prior deliveries. Operations like rebase were taking some teams 20+ minutes to execute, and in a typical week, the developers in one of this client’s large project team rebased 994 times consuming 331 man hours. Adding to their frustrations, mkbl (make baseline) and mkstream (make stream) had similar performance challenges but had larger impact to the development team in terms of lost productivity.
With performance data in hand, the AVP team collaborated with key ClearCase development resources to pinpoint the root cause and develop a solution. A promising performance enhancement showed a 35% cycle improvement in the IBM lab’s test environment. With good initial results in hand an enterprise quality solution was delivered to the Semiconductor Company within a couple of months. When tested in the client’s environment with their high speed storage and network environment, the performance enhancement delivered a whopping 90% reduction in cycle time – from 20+ minutes down to 2 minutes!
In a typical week, a single Semiconductor Company development team executes the following activities:
Assuming this team’s activity is just 10% of the total UCM operations executed each week by the company’s global development team, the enhanced productivity is worth some $20M.
Annual AVP contract cost: $208,000
Tangible ROI: Incalculable!
Important note: AVP clients benefit from being the first recipients of software improvements driven by these extended IBM team collaborations, but those with wide applicability are then made GA (generally available). The performance enhancement that resulted from this effort is now available to all ClearCase UCM customers. While the Semiconductor Company’s particular development process resulted in the spectacular 90% productivity gains other customers average 35% – which is significant! In today’s brutally competitive marketplace a software enhancement that results in productivity increases is immensely valuable. What can AVP do to help increase your productivity?