Next generation solutions are moving away from a monolithic nature. The smarter way to design solutions is to do it in a collaborative environment, where tools are available for better development, deployment and integration.
Transaction processing too has gone the smarter way. WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime (WXTR), enables cobol applications to run on WebSphere Application Server, as you may have read in the previous blogs. But in addition to providing a modernization platform to legacy Business Application, WXTR is strongly backed by an array of products that aid the entire development cycle. With IBM Rational Application Developer(RAD) and IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems (RDp), developing both COBOL and Java applications is made simpler with easy integration. The following guidelines demonstrate how exactly RAD and RDp can be integrated with WAS and WXTR.
Integrating RAD and RDp with WXTR : RAD's integration with WAS is quite straightforward. On RAD, a "stub" of a server needs to be added in order to readily deploy Java applications on the server. This can be done by adding a new server File ->New-> Server. Once this is done, a stub is created for a WAS server. There are no further configurations required to setup RAD with WAS. However, in order to develop JCA/SCA applications with WXTR, the appropriate jar files need to be included (SCA - wxtrsca.jar and JCA-CCWConnector.jar). With RAD already installed, RDp can be installed as a plugin on RAD.
This "internet-of-things" enables Application developers to develop WXTR applications as well as the client applications with relative ease. With easy integration, collaborating the different components of the application becomes that much easier. For information on other available tools in the integration space, do attend the "Internet-of-Things" track at the IBM Software Universe, India on the 20th of October.