Maqetta to RAD 8.5 Workflow
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Updated Sept 10, 2012 for Release 7.
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One IDE to consider is IBM Rational Application Developer Version 8.5, which enables developers to to quickly build, test, analyze, and publish Java/Java EE®, Web 2.0, mobile, OSGi and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications. Since RAD is built on top of Eclipse, it is very easy to transition to development mode by using Maqetta's support for exporting Eclipse-based projects. This article will guide you through the high-level steps.
Creating an Eclipse-based Project in Maqetta
To create an Eclipse-based project in Maqetta, choose Create -> Project... from the main menu. In the resulting dialog, give your new project a name and be sure to check the box for Eclipse support. Then, click OK.
Once your Eclipse-enabled project is created you can work with it like any other project in Maqetta. The screenshot below shows Sample1.html (found in the WebContent/samples folder) rendered in Maqetta's visual editor:
Downloading the Maqettta Workspace
When you're ready to hand the project to developers, you can click on the Download Entire Workspace button in the Files palette toolbar. The Files palette is found in the lower left corner of the Maqetta workbench.
After doing so, you should see a dialog like the one below. It allows you to control a number of properties for your download including the file name to use and which of the libraries in your project should be included in the downloaded zip file.
Since you will eventually be importing into RAD, you should check the Download uncompressed source for selected libraries option (as shown below). By default, the zip files downloaded from Maqetta contain built, minified source for the selected libraries. But, your RAD experience wil be better if you use uncompressed source because RAD parses the source in order to determine what widgets should be shown in its widget palette.
At this point, you can optionally change the file name or uncheck any unused libraries (like gridx, clipart, and shapes). Then, click OK.
Importing into RAD
Once the download is complete, you're ready to import your Maqetta project into RAD. First choose, the File -> Import... menu item. This will launch the RAD import wizard. On the first panel, select General -> Existing Projects into Workspace and click Next.
On the next panel, choose the Select archive file option, browse to the location of the zip file you downloaded from Maqetta, and then click Finish. At this point RAD will process the zip file and create a new project in your workspace.
Addendum, Aug. 8, 2012
Be sure to check out Part II for information on using the Mobile Browser Simulator in RAD with your imported Maqetta projects.