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 188.8.131.52 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 TestManager has been replaced by Rational Quality Manager, so until you can upgrade, you can automate your test cases this way.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
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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.
Here are some more wonderful articles and a new blog highlighted last week over on developerWorks Rational:
Why software quality assurance and IT security teams need to collaborate
By: Jeff Laskowski, Senior IT Specialist, IBM
If software development and quality assurance teams worked more closely together, they would be exponentially more effective, says the author. He explains why the approach he advocates improves both security and efficiency and describes how it incorporates security testing better into development.
Products: IBM Rational AppScan, IBM Rational DOORS, IBM Rational Functional Tester, IBM Rational Quality Manager, IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational Requisite Pro, IBM Rational Robot
Develop TXSeries CICS apps with Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Part 1
By: Balaji S. Kumar, Software Engineer, IBM, Hariharan N. Venkitachalam, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, Janaki Sundar, Staff Software Engineer, IBM, and Nageswararao V. Gokavarapu, Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Part 1 of this three-part tutorial explains how to configure IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms and Rational Developer for Power Systems Software. Then the authors describe how to use them together to make CICS application development for IBM TXSeries easier.
Product: IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software
Improve the quality of unit testing by increasing code coverage
By: Steve Arnold, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM
Adequate code coverage in unit tests affects whether you catch and fix all defects early and can refactor that code. Now you can configure the Code Coverage Advisor in Rational Application Developer, integrate Rational Team Concert, and make checking code coverage a precondition for delivering code.
Products: IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM Rational Team Concert
Last week we also highlighted the following items on our developerWorks Rational home page and product pages that you may find of interest:
Over the past month of November, these were the most heavily reused support generated documents associated with the PMRs which came in over the same time period. These are the docs which helped solve your cases during November, highlighted here to hopefully help others avoid similar issues or obtain the same information you all were in search of:
- 1250403 & 1250433: Obtaining your Rational license keys
- 1308308: How to move licenses to a new server
- 1294762: System Requirements for ClearQuest 7.1.x
- 1131335: Utility to collect ClearCase logs and diagnostic data on Windows
- 1474620: How to install Rational License Key Server 8.1.x on Microsoft Windows
- 1208895: Utility to collect ClearCase logs and diagnostic data on Linux, AIX, HP-UX and Solaris
- 1410649: Stay connected to IBM Rational Client Support
- 1324457: How to reset a lost DOORS Administrator password
- 1324456: License Troubleshooting Guide
- 1293149: Extended Support Mode for Rational AppScan Standard Edition
- 7019698: List of supported domains for functional testing by releases of Rational Functional Tester version 8.2
- 1231445: MustGather: Enabling diagnostic tracing and checking connectivity for troubleshooting e-mail in ClearQuest
- 1239315: System Requirements for ClearCase 7.0.x.x
- 1358566: Uninstalling ClearCase 7.1 on Windows
- 1497844: Rational Directory Server (Tivoli) Certificate expires on 28 April 2011
- 7016566: About the Rational System Architect Information Center
- 1122368: Exporting and importing ClearQuest schemas
- 1290142: How to re-install IBM Installation Manager without removing IBM installed products when Installation Manager fails to startup or hangs or is unresponsive
- 1298482: Create and Manage Your Enhancement Requests in the Rational RFE Community
- 1315781: Available releases and iFixes for Rational PurifyPlus
- 1409007: Unable to apply maintenance to the licenses using Rational License Key Center
- 7020796: System Requirements for ClearCase 8.0
- 1144624: System Requirements for ClearQuest 7.0.x
- 1283302: About In-Session Detection mechanism for Rational AppScan Standard
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In the first dW Rational update of the new year, here are the new items that went live on developerWorks Rational this past week:
Integrate a Rational ClearCase UCM stream with Rational Team Concert 3.0
By: Murali Dhandapani (email@example.com), IT Specialist, IBM
Learn how to synchronize an IBM Rational ClearCase client with a Rational Team Concert Eclipse client. This article explains how to use the ClearCase Importer to import files or folders from a ClearCase UCM stream to Rational Team Concert, as well as how to use the Change Flow Target feature.
Products: IBM Rational ClearCase, IBM Rational Team Concert
Combine Rational ClearCase with Cadence Design Framework for more flexibility
By: Alok K. Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Staff Software Engineer, IBM Ragini A. Ravishankar (email@example.com), Associate Software Engineer, IBM Vishal Anand (firstname.lastname@example.org), Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
After integrating Rational ClearCase with Cadence Design Framework II, custom chip designers can perform ClearCase configuration actions while in the Cadence toolset. This article describes several other advantages and the important features of the ClearCase-Cadence integration.
Product: IBM Rational ClearCase
Save time with this reusable Rational Functional Tester automation framework
By: Varun Ojha (email@example.com), Systems Software Engineer, IBM
With this design, you can develop a reusable automation test framework that is independent of the objects in the application under test. You can import it into any Rational Functional Tester environment. As a bonus, it also drastically reduces the development and execution time of test scripts.
Product: IBM Rational Functional Tester
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Fariz Saracevic (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Fariz Saracevic is a member of Offering Strategy and Delivery team, and he is leading the IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). He is working closely with other IBM Rational leads to define and advancing CLM capabilities.
This week we are also highlighting the following items on the developerWorks Rational
page and product pages that you may find of interest:
We're again combining two of our normal 'series' posts to make sure you get all the info you need just in time! Let us know in the comments if you prefer this format of combining the downloads and live on developerWorks posts, or if you prefer them as separate and distinct posts...
The following are downloads posted since January 27th:
The following items went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Create a multichannel portlet app with Rational Application Developer, Part 1
By Gaurav Bhattacharjee (email@example.com), Technical Lead, Rational Application Developer Portal Tools, IBM
This series shows how to use Rational Application Developer to create a multichannel composite portlet app that integrates data from IBM DB2, Microsoft SharePoint, and IBM Connections into multiple wired portlets hosted on IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0. Part 1 explains the setup for this five-part demo.
Product: Rational Application Developer
Integrate Rational Focal Point with requirements, project, and test management tools
By Vipin Kumar Agrawal (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Learn how Rational Focal Point 6.5.1 adds traceability reports and integrates with Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) apps: Rational Requirements Composer to track technical and business requirements; Rational Team Concert for collaborative project management; Rational Quality Manager for testing.
Product: Rational Focal Point, Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager
Extend Rational Functional Tester to test Adobe Flex or Flash applications
By Tim Hague (email@example.com), Quality Assurance Automation Engineer, IBM
Even with Rational Functional Tester's built-in support, constant browser security updates interfere with automating GUI Flex applications. Tim Hague explains how to extend it with Selenium and FlexMonkium open source components that are updated frequently enough to overcome this problem.
Product: Rational Functional Tester
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Franki Schafrik
Franki Schafrik has 17 years of experience in using Rational System Architect. She has 20 years experience consulting on enterprise architecture (EA) for government and commercial clients around the world. Franki teaches DoDAF and EA methodologies internationally.
This week we are also highlighting the following items on the developerWorks Rational home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
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We've got a lot of great new downloads that have been released recently, so let's get right into it! Below are the links to the new downloads posted between May 17th, 2012 and today... don't forget to check out the 'tags' above to find other downloads you may have missed:
With Innovate2012 being our focus for the past two weeks, we've held on to some of the great content coming out of developerWorks Rational to make sure we highlighted it when you'd all be back and ready for it! So here you go; the following are the wonderful articles which went live on developerWorks Rational over the past two weeks between June 5th and 15th:
Accelerate test cycles with Rational Quality Manager and a cloud test lab
By Pietro Marella, Advisory Engineer, IBM, Italy
Extend Rational Quality Manager with the Test Lab Manager component, so you can accelerate test cycles by managing assets in virtually. Tivoli SmartCloud Provisioning helps integrate capabilities, so you can import current definitions of virtual images and deploy new virtual machines on demand.
Product: Rational Quality Manager
How to implement a conditional loop in Rational Performance Tester
By Vishalendu Pandey, Senior Performance Engineer, IBM, India
In this article for automation engineers with beginner to intermediate experience in Rational Performance Tester, Vishalendu Pandey guides you through creating a conditional loop that runs a specified number of times. He even includes a sample automation script.
Product: Rational Performance Tester
Implement ongoing analysis and management of business-critical IT applications
By Amy M. Silberbauer, Executive IT Specialist, IBM, USA
Integrating software application analysis with managing changes to source code is a critical part of multiplatform development. Amy Silberbauer describes how to do this in managing the scope and risk of changes, so your plans will be more accurate and you can make better decisions.
Products: Rational Asset Analyzer, Rational Team Concert
Accelerating SAP Deployments with IBM Rational
Listen to this podcast to hear how you can implement SAP enhancements faster and to keep up with business demands in the face of SAP upgrades and maintenance efforts.
IBM announces Rational spring launch of products and services
By Mike Perrow, Writer and editor, Rational brand strategy team, IBM
New Rational software integrations and collaborative capabilities help clients optimize their software and systems delivery across the application and product lifecycle. The offerings include distinct sets of capabilities for IT teams and for product and systems service teams. Mike Perrow gives you the details.
Products: Rational DOORS, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Rhapsody, Rational Team Concert
How early Integration testing enables agile development
By Monica Luke, Lifecycle Scenario Architect, IBM, USA
It's hard to deliver on the agile principle of "done, done, done" for complex, heterogeneous systems. Monica Luke explains how service virtualization can improve team collaboration and align the independent test organization's focus on the same milestone as the development team.
Products: IBM Green Hat, Rational Performance Tester,
Integrate Rational ALM applications with SAP Solution Manager
By Bernd Eberhardt, Product Manager at the IBM SAP International Competence Center, Germany
Businesses with SAP environments benefit from a quality-based approach to ensuring that SAP implementations meet changing business needs. Bernd Eberhardt explains how integrating SAP's Solution Manager with Rational's extensible ALM apps helps scale existing processes and reduce costs.
Products: Rational ClearQuest, Rational Functional Tester, Rational RequisitePro,
What's new in Rational Software Architect 8.5 and Design Manager 4 beta
By Steve Arnold, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM, UK
Rational Software Architect 8.5 adds support for Spring, Hibernate, Struts2 and Java 7 and makes adoption easier with a Visio import option. It includes the Design Manager 4 beta, which simplifies team working and improves reuse. Steve Arnold describes these and other highlights.
Product: Rational Software Architect
What's new in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0
By Jared Pulham, Senior Product Manager, IBM, UK
Unlock the power of traceability from definition to delivery with Version 4.0 of IBM Rational Requirements Composer. In this article, Jared Pulham delves into the details of what this new version offers.
Product: Rational Requirements Composer
We are also pleased to feature Contributing Author Bhargav Perepa
Bhargav Perepa lives in Leesburg, Virginia, with his IBMer wife, Suj Perepa, and their daughter. As an IBM engineer in a trusted advisor specialist capacity, Bhargav consults with US Federal Government to help position IBM products and solutions for complex and often challenging requirements. Bhargav's sole focus in his current job role is to remove technical inhibitors to adoption of IBM products by the US government. He performs technical feasibility studies, conducts assessments to understand customer business and technical environments, presents proof-of-concept and technologies results, and guides solution implementations and IBM enablement sessions. Bhargav has presented at conferences, teamed up in leadership exchanges, and written articles and IBM Redbooks. He has contributed to the IBM patent portfolio, and he participates in the IBM patent review board. Bhargav is also a university ambassador and a certification and patent mentor for IBM. He enjoys reading The Economist, The Washington Post, US Civil War history, training for and completing marathons, swimming, volunteering for food banks and being election chief, traveling, and hiking (Grand Canyon roundtrip in a day, for example).
How about some nice summer reading while those earlier product bits you grabbed finish downloading and installing... The following articles went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Adopt and automate proven processes with Rational and Jazz tools, Part 2
By Ricardo Balduino, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA
Ricardo Balduino describes how to take a process already defined in Rational Method Composer and automate it in Rational Team Concert. This makes it far easier and faster to adopt proven patterns of success and also makes it possible to ensure that people follow them.
Products: Rational Method Composer, Rational Team Concert
Automate testing of Flex Spark apps with Rational Functional Tester 8.2.1
By Richa Awasthy, Staff Software Engineer, IBM, Australia
Richa Awasthy gives an overview of Rational Functional Tester Version 8.2.1 support for Flex 4.0 and 4.1 SDKs. Then she explains how to automate testing of Flex Spark applications.
Product: Rational Functional Tester
Quick steps to install Rational Change 5.2 on a Tomcat server
By Pradeep K. Shashidhar, Advisory Software Engineer, IBM, India
IBM Rational Change 5.2 includes the Jetty 5.1.14 web server, and you can also deploy it with IBM WebSphere Application Server or WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. However, there is no option in the installer to deploy Rational Change on a Tomcat server. This article explains how to do that.
Product: Rational Change
This week we are also highlighting the following items on the developerWorks Rational
home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
Things have slowed a bit now with Summer holidays and vacations. But fear not, we've still been busy working to bring you the latest fixpacks and releases for your products to make sure you're running in the best possible environments you can. So, why not take this quiet summer Monday, grab another cup of coffee, and check out the following Rational downloads which have been released over the past few weeks since July 27th, 2012:
Back to school has come and gone, and we're inching towards those important life choices we all must make soon: What to be for Halloween! I jest, of course, as a way to help divert your attention from the stresses of your kids' school work and woes, and hopefully help you focus back in on your own work and success... To that end, here are the articles, downloads, and truly great content that went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Improve the value of CLM reports by using metrics: A guide to using metrics with Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence and Rational Insight
By Peter Haumer, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA
The applications that comprise Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) provide over 200 sample reports. Adding either the Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) component or IBM Rational Insight gives you more options and access to the data warehouse metrics. This is in-depth look at the metrics and how to use them.
Product: Rational Insight
Tackle the multichannel testing challenge
By Monica Luke, Lifecycle Scenario Architect, IBM, USA
Mobile and web-enabled applications bring new challenges to multichannel testing, or interleaving a single test scenario across several interfaces. It's becoming a requirement to move seamlessly from mobile to web and back again. Reviewing approaches that have worked in the past leads to a discussion about tackling the future.
Product: Rational Functional Tester
Introduction to C++0x scoped enums and good usage patterns
By Wael Yehia, Software Developer, IBM, Canada
The author describes all aspects of the new scoped enums from C++0x, the C++ standard, and provides examples and guidance for good usage patterns. Scoped enums can help you write more portable and more expressive code that can be forward declared, without any implicit conversions to aid type safety.
Product: C/C++ Compilers
Invisible Thread blog: Keys to successful demand and delivery management
Demand and delivery management connects executives, managers, and development teams, so that everyone focuses on the same goals even amid continual change. This article offers five imperatives for an effective ALM approach that includes delivery management and lists essential ingredients for successful demand and delivery management.
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Mark Lines
Mark Lines is Managing Partner at Scott W. Ambler + Associates. In 2012, Mark was awarded the IBM Champion designation for his work in the IBM community. He is an IT Process Consultant and Agile Coach. With Scott, he is co-author of Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise (IBM Press, 2012). Mark writes for many publications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including IBM Innovate. He delivers workshops on Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), as well as other agile topics. In his spare time, Mark likes to camp, golf, and ski in the Canadian Rockies. He can be reached at mark [at] scottwambler.com
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our pages that you may find of interest...
Evaluate Rational Insight: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rinsight/index.html
Free trial download of Rational Functional Tester: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rft/learn.html
Evaluate IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/index.html
Try Rational Application Developer online or in the sandbox: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/tryonline.html
Try Rational Programming Patterns for System z V8.5: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rppz/
Essentials of design management: Learn how design management contributes to collaborative lifecycle management for IT organizations: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/rdmhelp/v4/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.dm.ispt.doc%2Ftopics%2Fc_gs_essentials_of_dm.html
Rational Programming Patterns for System z V8.5, which modernizes pattern-driven programming and enterprise-wide repository services for Pacbase developers within the Rational Software Delivery Platform, is now available for trial download on developerWorks: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rppz/