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Three new Rational articles were published yesterday to developerWorks:
Performance test results for scalability of Rational System Architect 11.4, by Kevin P Calandrella and Ryan R. Schmitz
test results demonstrate how scalable IBM® Rational® System Architect
is when deployed in a Windows Terminal Server environment. It also
serves as a guide to predict hardware and capacity needs as the number
of concurrent users increases.
Product: Rational System Architect
Add OCL constraints for more precise domain model validation, by Ana Todorova
build more precise models that are as close as possible to reality, it
often helps to add constraints. This article describes the IBM®
Rational® Software Architect validation process for a domain model
written in UML and OCL, using the EMF validation framework.
Product: Rational Software Architect
Integrating Rational Software Architect with InfoSphere Data Architect, by Daniel T. Chang
article provides a quick overview of Rational Software Architect and
InfoSphere Data Architect, outlines the high-level steps in three
integration scenarios, and discusses the UML-to-LDM and the LDM-to-UML
transformations and the UML logical data model profile.
Product: Rational Software Architect, InfoSphere Data Architect
The developerWorks Rational Team has recently announced
that it is time to clean out the stacks and freshen up a bit.
Over the course of April, they will be reviewing all articles and tutorials on dW older than five years to ensure continued relevancy. If there are any articles or tutorials more than five years old that you want to remain on our site, please tell us over at: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/save-your-faves.html
. Add a comment there
and include the article's URL.
You can easily scan through a listing all of articles, oldest-to-newest
. The deadline for action is April 30th, 2011
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Just a quick note to let you know that we have the first in a planned series of articles published to developerWorks this week: Behind the Curtain at Rational Client Support
Check it out and let us know what you think !
Here's some GREAT stuff which you should see! Have you been to developerWorks Rational
lately? No? Well now's your chance to see some of the excellent work going on over there! If you aren't familiar with dW Rational, it is the place to find great technical resources and best practices for the Rational software platforms.
To make it even easier for you, there is an RSS feed
so you can consume the newest dW Rational content directly from your feed reader right when the content is published! But since you're already here and reading this blog, I'll highlight the following three articles newly published live on developerWorks Rational
- Get more insight into defects by using ODC with Rational Team Concert, Part 1
By: Anna M Bizon'-Adamczyk
Abstract: Using Orthogonal Defect Classification (ODC) for analytics throughout the software development cycle gives you deeper insight into a defect backlog and defect trends. This article, the first of two, shows how to extend IBM Rational Team Concert Version 3.0 for ODC data collection.
Product: IBM Rational Team Concert
- What to expect at Innovate: Enterprise modernization track
By: Robin Wood
Abstract: Randy Newell, Program Director for Enterprise Modernization, gives you an overview of the Enterprise Modernization track at the Innovate conference in June, in Orlando. It includes more than 30 sessions on Rational Developer for Power Systems Software and Rational Developer for System Z.
Products: IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, IBM Rational Developer for System Z
Here's a quick look at some of the new articles on developerWorks Rational this week:
- What to expect at Innovate: The Systems track
By: Robin Wood
Abstract: Hear Dominic Tavassoli, director of Rational Industry
and Systems Marketing at IBM, describe highlights of the 90 breakout
sessions (yes, 90!) scheduled for the Innovate conference in June. The
Systems track is for customers who are involved in building smarter
products, embedded software, and systems engineering or systems of
- Automate measurement and reports to improve software development project success
By: Ben Williams, Eric Larsen, and Jonathon Chard
Abstract: Automated reports with Rational Publishing Engine documents compliance and eliminates the errors, inconsistency, and wasted time and work of manual reports. Automated measurement with Rational Insight streamlines processes. With both, you get more accurate, timely, complete information for decisions, which improves project success.
Products: IBM Rational Publishing Engine, IBM Rational Insight
- Using Rational Functional Tester with Rational TestManager to automate test cases
By: Pragati Maheshwari
Abstract: By integrating Rational Functional Tester 184.108.40.206 with Rational TestManager 7.0.2, you can run test scripts and check logs from TestManager, and even run scripts remotely, as this guide explains. TestManager has been replaced by Rational Quality Manager, so until you can upgrade, you can automate your test cases this way.
Products: IBM Rational Functional Tester, IBM Rational TestManager, IBM Rational Quality Manager
To make it even easier for you, there is an RSS feed
so you can consume the newest dW Rational content directly from your feed reader right when the content is published!
Glad you asked! Here's two new articles that went live on developerWorks Rational
- Optimize capabilities for high-volume load simulation with Rational Performance Tester
By: Bharath Raj Keshavamurthy
Abstract: Learn how to enhance the load-generation capability and performance of each testing machine by optimizing the configuration of both Rational Performance Tester and the operating system. This article also describes how to alleviate trivial errors during large-volume load simulations.
Products: IBM Rational Performance Tester
We are thrilled to announce that we've just hit a major milestone .... we've recently logged 1 million visits to Notes from Rational Support! Yes, ONE MILLION VISITS!
Started in early 2009 as a part of an experiment in social business and proactive support, it appears that Notes from Rational Support has proven to be a valuable resource. Our traffic metrics continue to show steady growth in visits, views, unique visitors, and new visitors, and that makes us VERY happy.
So, in honor of this milestone, we'd like to thank the folks who made it possible (and fret not, this will be shorter than an Academy Award acceptance speech):
- The fine folks at developerWorks: Thanks for providing a platform for our community of passionate practitioners. Special thanks to Bob Leah, who has patiently provided us with the tools and knowledge we need to be successful.
- Rational Client Support: Thanks for being forward-thinking and encouraging our exploration of new avenues of client interaction and knowledge-sharing.
- IBM: for leading the way in social business.
- YOU!: For following, commenting, reading and sharing. We love being able to engage with you here, and elsewhere .... and hope that we will continue to provide you with the information you need, before you need it.
And let's keep going! Our next goal is to move from the 7th most visited blog on developerWorks to the top 5 ... maybe this year?
From all of us here at Notes from Rational Support, THANK YOU!
Kelly Smith (@kellypuffs
Jason O'Donnell (@acdntlpoet
Matthew Quimby (@mquimby
The dW Rational community is open to the public! http://ibm.co/rationalcommunity
We've been heavily promoting this community at IBM Innovate 2011, and now you get to hear about it too! Here's some quick highlights of the various aspects of this new community:
- Delivers Rational software content in real time. (i.e. Learn, Experience, Share, Get Support sections)
- Collaborative features to engage with clients (i.e. Links to the Wiki, Blog, Message Board links on the left -OR- a closeup of the discussion forum feed widget "Share"; or both)
- Tags help us identify content for clients (i.e. tag cloud and footer)
- Built on developerWorks Lotus connections groups
Like any community, both IBMers and clients get out of it what they put in. In the Rational community, we provide the added benefit of pulling all Rational technical content in real time and presenting it in consumable chunks through the community landing page.
And here is even MORE detail about the information sources for those who are interested! This community delivers real time aggregations of content from the following information sources:
- the developerWorks technical library (Rational zone)
- developerWorks community blogs (tagged with "rational")
- jazz.net library, blog, and forums
- Rational forums
- IBM Rational Support knowledgebase
- And our 3 IBM Rational YouTube channels: IBMRational, IBMJazz, and IBMRationalSupport
Of course, this is not an all inclusive list of all information sources. Jump on over, log in, join the community, and check out all it has to offer! We think you'll find the Rational Community is a fantastic new place to find information and collaborate with colleagues from around the world to share best practices, solutions, and insights!
Wow, June was a busy month for us over on developerWorks! We've had some VERY busy authors publishing some wonderful content over the course of the month.
So why not take a minute and check out all the great new articles which went live on developerWorks Rational in June:
Cut complexity in software and systems with Collaborative Design Management
By: Neil W. Patterson
Abstract: New Collaborative Design Management (CDM) features that extend modeling capabilities in IBM Rational Software Architect and Rational Rhapsody help you clarify complex concepts and increase collaboration. Involve stakeholders in the design process throughout development, and you'll improve quality.
Products: IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Rhapsody
Speed delivery of Android devices and apps with model-driven development
By: Beery D. Holstein
Abstract: Benefits of combining MDD capabilities with the Android development environment go beyond a single environment for coding and modeling: visualized design requirements, easier documentation, automated testing to improve code, and more. It also helps distributed teams collaborate across organizations.
Products: IBM Rational Rhapsody,
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody 7.6 and Design Manager
By: Paul Urban
Abstract: Version 7.6, with Design Manager 3.0, introduces online design collaboration and advanced analysis and simulation for system engineers. Share and review design artifacts, validate designs early, get help in meeting ARINC 653 safety standards. Bonuses: new UI, improved testing support, easier to use.
Products: IBM Rational Rhapsody
What's new in IBM Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1
By: Jared K. Pulham
Abstract: Now IBM Rational Requirements Composer seamlessly integrates with Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager, which are based on Jazz technology. This helps shorten planning cycles and reduce rework by aligning development and testing with requirements and business objectives.
Products: IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Quality Manager
Integrate Rational DOORS and Rational Change to fully trace requirements
By: Rajeswari Venkata Atmuri
Abstract: With the IBM Rational DOORS Change Management integration feature, you can connect requirements management with change and configuration management in Rational Change software for complete traceability. This article for intermediate users explains the entire process.
Products: IBM Rational DOORS, IBM Rational Change
Integrate Perforce with Rational Team Concert for collaborative configuration management
By: Ken Kumagai
Abstract: Manage change collaboratively by integrating Perforce and Rational Team Concert 3.0. Job status automatically synchronizes in both applications. This article describes two different integration patterns based on different use cases and includes a sample program for integration.
Products: IBM Rational Team Concert
Simple development steps for better web and mobile application security
By: Cesar E. Santiago and Maryann Hondo
Abstract: Most attacks focus on common vulnerabilities, using cross-site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, parameter tampering, cooking poisoning, and information leakage. The author describes and gives examples and countermeasures for each, and explains how developers and automated scans can increase security.
Products: IBM Rational AppScan
Manage time and resources better by scheduling automated tests
By: Vaibhav Rangare
Abstract: Scheduling a test in an automated system not only helps you be more efficient and use lab resources more effectively, but helps you monitor results. Learn the considerations, the components of a scheduling subsystem, the functionality that it should include, and how to develop it by using Java.
Products: IBM Rational Quality Manager, IBM Rational Build Forge
Build JPA entities quicker with Rational Application Developer Version 8
By: Ali Manji
Abstract: Rapidly generate and customize Java Persistence Architecture (JPA) entities from a Derby database with tables that use the Identity Value Generation capability of IBM Rational Application Developer. Using the views and editors frees you from hand coding the required annotations.
Products: IBM Rational Application Developer
Defect analysis with Rational Team Concert and ODC, Part 2: BIRT reports
By: Anna M Bizon'-Adamczyk
Abstract: Using Orthogonal Defect Classification (ODC) for defect analysis throughout development gives the team deeper insight into trends. This second of two articles shows how to extend IBM Rational Team Concert Version 3.0 for ODC data analysis by creating custom BIRT reports.
Products: IBM Rational Team Concer
tWeb application security: Introduction to Rational AppScan automated scanning
By: developerWorks Rational staff
Abstract: Securing an application manually can be daunting and time-consuming, at the least. This knowledge path introduces developers to automated vulnerability scanning with Rational AppScan software and gives an overview of the functions that it can perform, as well as how to do basic scanning tasks.
Products: IBM Rational AppScan
Overview of application development tools for the IBM i system
By: George Voutsinas
Abstract: Along with the evolution of the IBM i operating system, the tools and compilers have also evolved. Get a quick overview of seven IBM Rational applications that can help developers modernize and better exploit the IBM i platform.
Products: IBM Rational Development Studio for i, IBM Rational Open Access RPG edition, IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems, IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Host Access Transformation Services, IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, IBM Rational Business Developer
Our periodic roundup of tech articles from developerWorks Rational is hot off the presses again. The following articles went live over the past week and a half:
Implement workspaces to model multiple versions of DoDAF 2 architectures
By: Franki Schafrik
Abstract: Learn how to implement IBM Rational System Architect workspaces for different versions of enterprise, as-is, and to-be architectures; for integrating a system of systems; and for trade-off analysis. The author also describes benefits of each scenario and four software tools to analyze workspaces.
Products: IBM Rational System Architect
How to configure IBM Rational Change 5.3 to run in FIPS mode
By: Pradeep K. Shashidhar
Abstract: Increase security by following these steps to configure Rational Change 5.3 to run in Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) mode. This article provides code for all configuration changes required in the application, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), and the web server.
Products: IBM Rational Change
Three ways to do more with Rational Build Forge capabilities
By: Ashish Aggarwal
Abstract: You can use the included command line Java and Perl APIs to handle software builds through IBM Rational Build Forge, rather than the management console. You can also integrate it with Jazz-based testing and change-and-release management tools. This article explains how, complete with sample code.
Products: IBM Rational Build Forge
Configure secure access for multiple installations of Rational Team Concert
By: Murali Dhandapani
Abstract: For secure access to multiple installations of Rational Team Concert, you need the Network Deployment version of IBM WebSphere Application Server. Learn how to get an SSL certificate and how to install and configure it on each of the profiles created in Version 6.1 or 7.0 of the application server.
Products: IBM Rational Team Concert
Once again, we bring you some great content surrounding our Rational products. The following three articles are now live on developerWorks Rational just waiting for you to dig into them and learn:
Title: 25 server and client tips for Rational Software Architect Design Manager
By: Wayne Diu
Abstract: One of the developers of the software guides server administrators in setting up the IBM Rational Design Management Server with the Rational Software Architect Design Manager Server Extension. Then he tells users ways to take advantage of both types of clients for Collaborative Design Management.
Products: Rational Software Architect
Title: Tutorial: Create a custom Rational Team Concert work item
By: Seema Gupta
Abstract: In this hands-on example, you use the Eclipse client with advanced customization in IBM Rational Team Concert tools to create a new type of work item called Risk. Then you can create and monitor different types of risks, especially with agile development and scrum project management methods.
Products: Rational Team Concert
Title: Synchronize or transfer Rational DOORS and HP Quality Center data
By: Guru Prasad Ramesh
Abstract: Version 3.5 of the IBM Rational DOORS for HP Quality Center Interface helps you synchronize Rational requirements data with test and defect data from an HP project. This article explains how to access information from either application or transfer data between the two.
Products: Rational DOORS
You know her from twitter and blog fame here, now see how Kelly is sky-rocketing into stardom with her second part in a developerWorks series on How to work with Rational Client Support: Part 2 . In this second article, she outlines the technical support that you get when you license Rational software includes and doesn't, plus what to do before you call tech support. This article even includes a handy chart to help you determine the business impact and severity or your issue. Along with the what's, how's, and why's she presents in this article, Kelly also provides some very valuable resources for learning, downloading trials/evals, discussing, and connecting with IBM support for even more information. You guessed it, this article is chock full of goodness as you've come to expect from Kelly!
About the author:
Kelly Smith is a self-described “knowledge activist” with the Rational Client Support organization who works out of the IBM Mass Lab in Littleton, Massachusetts. Obsessed with knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and proactive support, she is one of the voices behind the "Notes from Rational Support" developerWorks blog. You can reach her on Twitter @kellypuffs.
Here's some great stuff you can dig your teeth into as you return from the long weekend in the U.S. and ignore the backlog of emails, or as you wait for your American colleagues to dig out of their overflowing inboxes
The following items went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Managing parallel development and releases with Rational Team Concert
By: Mark Roberts
Abstract: By using streams for stages of development, IBM Rational Team Concert provides a complete parallel development and release structure. This article covers delivering work from one stream to another, managing releases and emergency fixes, and controlling who can deliver changes to specific streams.
Products: IBM Rational Team Concert
Integrate Mercurial version control with IBM Rational Build Forge
By: Fan Hu
Abstract: Learn how to write an adaptor to integrate the open source Mercurial distributed version control tool with IBM Rational Build Forge build and release management software, how to parse and extract the details into the Bill of Materials, or BOM, and how to determine whether new change sets are coming.
Products: IBM Rational Build Forge
How to work with Rational Client Support, Part 2
By: Kelly Smith
Abstract: Find out what the technical support that you get when you license Rational software includes and doesn't, plus what to do before you call tech support. This article even includes a handy chart to help you determine the business impact and severity of your issue.
This week we are also highlighting the following item on the dW Rational home page and product pages that you may find of interest. Items that do not have abstracts were posted in page sections that do not utilize abstracts.
We are also delighted to showcase Contributing Author Mark Lines.
Mark lives in Calgary, Canada. He is a co-founder of Unified Process Mentors (www.UPMentors.com) and acts as an agile software development coach to help companies adopt agile practices in a disciplined fashion. He was a founding member of IBM's Methods Client Advocacy Group and is considered an expert on various versions of the Unified Software Development Process, such as the IBM Rational Unified Process and OpenUP.
Mark moderates the IBM developerWorks forum on "Methods, and Practices: Rational Unified Process, OpenUP, Harmony, and other agile methods." He has been teaching IBM Rational courses related to software development and Rational tools across Canada since 2002. He also speaks frequently internationally, writes for many publications, and is an IBM developerWorks Contributing Author. He is currently writing a book with Scott Ambler on IBM's Disciplined Agile Delivery approach.
You too can be a contributing author! Learn about the Author achievement recognition program. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/aboutdw/dwa/index.html
Here are some more wonderful articles and a new blog highlighted this week over on developerWorks Rational this week:
Scale load balancing by configuring Rational DOORS Web Access
By: Lee J. Byrnes
Abstract: After you have installed IBM Rational DOORS Web Access requirements management software, this article guides you through configuring the multiple tiers of the application. Then it explains how to scale the components to balance larger loads as your business needs increase.
Product: IBM Rational DOORS Web Access
Test terminal-based applications automatically with Rational Functional Tester
By: Shi Ming Qu
Abstract: The IBM Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-based Applications helps you create test scripts to automate host application test cases. This article explains how to use this tool, so you can make terminal-based application testing not only easier but automatic.
Product: IBM Rational Functional Tester
New: Agile Antswers blog
By: blog moderated by Anthony Crain
Abstract: Is your team moving to agile development methods? Then check out this developerWorks blog moderated by Anthony Crain. Ask questions, get answers.
This week we are also highlighting the following item on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
We are also thrilled to feature Contributing Author Tilak Mitra
Tilak Mitra lives in the city of Coconut Creek in the sunshine state, Florida. Professionally, he does enterprise-scale, complex IT architectures, designs software, and builds systems, primarily within the industrial sector. When he is not leading teams on client engagements, he evangelizes how a service orientation can be leveraged as a means to foster building business-aligned, resilient IT systems. When he is not at work, he satiates his passion for sports through the game of cricket, which he actively plays, braving the Florida sun for seven hours on weekends. He carries his favorite Nikon D7000 as his lens into the world of the creativity of nature and human behavior. Tilak has written close to 25 technical articles and has co-authored two books: SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility (IBM Press, 2008) and Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect (IBM Press, 2008), both of which are available on on Amazon. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.