In RAD 6.1?, I established that there is no RAD 6.1 to go with WAS 6.1 (but there will be a RAD 7.0 in late 2006). I also said "The latest version of RAD is 188.8.131.52," since that's what the page said it was. That didn't sound correct to me, and sure enough, JW@IBM commented very quickly that "actually the latest version of RAD is 184.108.40.206." She's correct; I wonder why the RAD page is out of date?!
She went on to ask: "Do you know of the best way to stay on top of the latest fixpack as it's released?" Good question. WAS has a couple of good pages documenting this info; see Keeping WAS Up-To-Date. In Keeping RAD Up-To-Date, I documented the IBM Rational Product Updater that JW refers to. But shouldn't there be a support page listing definitively what the latest version of RAD is?
I'd say there should be, but apparently there isn't.* What I have found along these lines is listed on the RAD support page. (Go to the main RAD page, then select Support.) On the support page, the Download section lists a couple of interesting items:
- Interim Fix 002 for Rational Application Developer 220.127.116.11 (Reference #4012358) -- "This interim fix contains fixes for IBM Rational Application Developer Version 18.104.22.168."
- All Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software downloads -- This query lists downloads for RAD. They're sorted by date, so the first one is Fix 2 for RAD 22.214.171.124, the same item listed above.
So whereas WAS has a whole set of pages listing the patches for different versions, RAD just seems to have its main Support page. Anyway, it provides the definitive answer: Currently, the latest version of RAD is 126.96.36.199 interim fix 2.
BTW, the support page has an RSS feed. The announcement of RAD 188.8.131.52 fix 2 is currently forth from the top. So this RSS feed would be one way to find out about the latest patches.
Also BTW, I now see that the support page also has another link I've been looking for: In the Learn section is Information center, a link to the RAD InfoCenter I documented in Rational Developer Tools Information Centers. I haven't been able to find many links to the RAD info center, so I'm glad to see this one.
* 06/13/2006 Update: I said there needs to be a page listing the latest RAD patches, but I couldn't find one. Actually, one of my Rational colleagues has pointed me to one: Recommended fixes for Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software version 6.0. Sure enough, this list of fixes confirms that the latest version of RAD is 184.108.40.206 IF2. I don't know how (else) you're supposed to find this page,** but here it is.
** 06/19/2006 Update: I said I didn't know how to find the Recommended Fixes page. Another Rational colleague of mine pointed out that they now list it on the RAD Support page in the Download section (just like for WAS). So if you loose the link for it, that's where to do find it. Good deal.