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Discover IBM Rational visual tools for application development
You and your IT team need to be as efficient as possible throughout the software development life cycle. The IBM Rational software development platform contains a variety of visual tools to help you do this. In this article, you get an overview of the benefits of using Rational tools -- including Rational Web Developer, Rational Software Modeler, Rational Application Developer, and Rational Software Architect -- and you'll be able to choose the most appropriate product for your particular task. Learn how to drag and drop your way to a visual interpretation of your design while more effectively communicating with your entire team.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 07 Feb 2006
Static analysis IBM Rational Software Analyzer: Part 3. Enhancing rules for Java code review
This is the third article in a four-part series about IBM Rational Software Analyzer and its related capabilities in IBM Rational Application Developer and IBM Rational Software Architect. It walks you through the process of creating your own custom rules and Rule Sets and using other advanced capabilities that extend Java code review.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 29 Apr 2008
Automate application-specific storage provisioning with Rational extensions
Learn how to model and automate the additional storage needs of an application using IBM Deployment Planning and Automation for the Cloud 2.1.0. This freely downloadable accelerator installs on top of and integrates capabilities in IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Automation Framework, and IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager. In this article, you can discover how to use this tool to specify custom storage requirements for application components in virtual images through a deployment topology model and use the information to generate deployment automation artifacts that provision the storage elements and attach them to virtual machines in the cloud.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 24 Jun 2014
Walk the skyway: Generating Spring applications with Rational and the Skyway Builder
This article describes how to generate spring applications from IBM Rational Software Architect models, how to adjust code generation templates. and how to integrate existing 'handmade' code. Also, it describes how to create the physical data model from the class model using IBM InfoSphere Data Architect.
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Articles 20 Apr 2010
Transformation to SOA: Part 3. UML to SOA
This article describes how to make the transition from the UML model of the software services to the domain-specific, service-oriented architecture (SOA) model by using the UML-to-SOA transformation tool that is included in IBM Rational Software Architect 7.0.0.2 or later. This transformation serves as an umbrella for the different transformation extensions for the specific software implementations and run times.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Jan 2008
Manually merge new Rational Functional Tester scripts into an existing automation suite
This article explains the steps for manually merging Rational Functional Tester scripts and ways to adapt them. We use a case study of the Rational Software Architect automation suite as an example.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 07 May 2013
Use InfoSphere Business Glossary to define a common business language among modeling tools
Combining common business language taxonomies with modeling tools encourages architects, modelers, and developers to understand and use commonly understood business terms, which eliminates the ambiguity that loosely specified language can introduce. This drives alignment of requirements between IT and business stakeholders. This article describes how to use InfoSphere(TM) Business Glossary, Rational(R) Software Architect, and InfoSphere Data Architect within a specific development flow to introduce agreed-upon terms into the modeling environments, establishing the correct semantics early in the development cycle. This effort decreases the cost of development by reducing the churn of getting IT to understand what the business requirements really mean.
Articles 18 Mar 2010
Modeling C# applications using Rational Modeling Extension for Microsoft .NET
This article is intended for Microsoft .NET application developers. It explains how to model .NET C# applications using the modeling capabilities available in Rational Modeling tools as extended by IBM Rational Modeling Extension for Microsoft .NET. This extension can be used with IBM Rational Software Modeler, IBM Rational Systems Developer, and IBM Rational Software Architect. The article assumes that you are familiar with basic UML modeling concepts using Rational modeling tools.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 20 May 2008
How to integrate IBM InfoSphere Data Architect and Rational Team Concert
IBM Rational Team Concert is a collaborative environment that helps project teams simplify, automate, and govern software delivery. IBM InfoSphere Data Architect (formerly IBM Rational Data Architect) is an enterprise data modeling and integration design tool and collaborative data design solution to discover, model, relate, and standardize diverse and distributed data assets. This article explains how to integrate the two so that teams can collaborate, yet each can customize the tools for their respective needs.
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Articles 27 Apr 2010
Modeling C# applications using Rational Modeling Extension for .NET, Part 1: Modeling using the C# profile and type library
Learn how to model Microsoft .NET C# applications by using IBM Rational Modeling Extension for .NET, which is available in IBM Rational Software Modeler, Rational Systems Developer, and Rational Software Architect. This article assumes that you are familiar with basic UML modeling concepts and using Rational modeling tools.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 16 Oct 2007
How to create and modify BIRT reports for BPMN models
Learn how to leverage Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) to create reports on Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) models. This functionality is new as of IBM Rational Software Architect Version 8.0.
Tutorial 28 Sep 2010
Modeling Web Services, Part 2: Modeling and generating WSDL
This article is the second in a three-part series looking at the use of UML modeling (in particular, when using IBM Rational Software Architect) to model a detailed design of standardized Web services. This article describes modeling Web services and generating Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) using the UML 2.0 Profile for Software Services.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 11 Apr 2006
How to convert an existing static Web site into a dynamic Web site using Rational Application Developer
This article will help the technical audience learn how to convert an existing static Web site into a dynamic Web site using IBM Rational Application Developer. The user will add a mail servlet, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) security, and utilize the Web site designer's page template to create a consistent look and feel for the entire Web site.
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Articles 05 Aug 2008
Modeling SOA: Part 4. Service composition
This fourth article of this five-part series covers how to assemble and connect the service providers modeled in "Part 3. Service realization" and choreograph their interactions to provide a complete solution to the business requirements. It also shows how this service participant fulfills the original business requirements.
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Articles 23 Oct 2007
Unified Scenario-Based Design, Part 3: Conceptual design
This third part of a series of four articles on the Unified Scenario-Based Design methodology focuses on the system side of the modeling activities. In particular, this article focuses on how to design user interactions with the automated system that supports the business process modeled in the previous articles.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Apr 2006
Using models to design business processes and services
Get an overview of designing business processes and services, the roles and tools involved, and workflows that software architects can use. The author highlights advantages of assembling the participants and services in a business process or service and provides examples to demonstrate the effects that different models have on the tools used to generate deployable artifacts. She also explains techniques to use to achieve good results, even from incomplete models, and summarizes the SoaML modeling practices to use when assembling processes and services.
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Articles 13 Dec 2011
View of Participating Classes script for UML models
This script enables you to quickly generate a Participating Classes (or participants) diagram from a use case realization or package.
Articles 26 Aug 2008
Unified Modeling Language version 2.0
So-called "model-driven" development (MDD) methods, which are based on higher levels of abstraction and greater use of automation compared to traditional methods, have already demonstrated their potential for radical improvements in the quality of software and the productivity of development. Since the role of modeling languages is crucial to the success of MDD, a major revision of the industry-standard Unified Modeling Language (UML) was recently completed. While several important new modeling capabilities were added -- such as the ability to more accurately capture software architectures -- the dominant characteristic of this revision is the heightened precision of the language definition that enables greater levels of automation. This article explains how this was achieved and also describes other highlights of UML 2.0.
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Articles 11 Nov 2005
UML, RUP, and the Zachman Framework: Better together
from The Rational Edge: This article proposes innovative ways to combine three of the most important methodologies that have emerged in the past decade in the field of information systems architecture: UML, RUP, and the Zachman Framework.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Nov 2006
Modeling SOA: Part 1. Service identification
This article is the first in a series of five articles about developing software based on service-oriented architecture (SOA). It shows how to use UML models extended with the IBM Software Service Profile to design an SOA solution that is connected to business requirements, yet independent of the solution implementation.
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Articles 02 Oct 2007
Introducing Rational Software Modeler
This article introduces you to IBM Rational Software Modeler, a component of the IBM Software Development Platform. It explores the various models you can create in Rational Software Modeler and demonstrates how, with the integration of Eclipse and Rational Software Modeler, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) model provides a true visualization of your application. You'll also learn how to create and publish simple UML models.
Articles 11 Nov 2005
Modeling SOA: Part 2. Service specification
In this second article of this five-part series, we continue defining the SOA solution by modeling the specification of each service in detail. These specifications will define contracts between consumers and producers of the service. These contracts include the provided and required interfaces, the roles those interfaces play in the service specification, and the rules or protocol for how those roles interact.
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Articles 09 Oct 2007
Author developerWorks content using IBM Rational Web Developer
This tutorial guides you through the process of authoring articles and tutorials for developerWorks. Using only IBM Rational Web Developer, you can edit, validate, preview, and export your work. Learn more about IBM Rational Software Development Platform and how you can enjoy a hassle-free authoring experience.
Tutorial 16 May 2007
Create defects automatically from automation playback report
Defects can be created automatically from an automation playback report. The list of failures from the automated test cases is filtered and using a small Selenium script or a java program (using RTC APIs), defects are created in IBM Rational Team Concert for all valid failures. The data for the defect is obtained from the failure reports (or any other data source), which also contain screen captures and a stack trace to give more precise information to the development team. You can integrate this automated process for creating defects from automation failures with automated deployment and testing.
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Articles 22 Jul 2014
Unified Scenario-Based Design, Part 2: Understanding the customer and the user
This second part of a set of four articles on the Unified Scenario-Based Design methodology focuses on the business side of the modeling activities, and provides concrete examples taken from a real case. In particular, this article explains how to capture and formalize details related to all of the business entities and the corresponding system entities required to automate parts of the processes being modeled.
Articles 14 Feb 2006
IBM Rational Architecture Management Software model structure guidelines: Part 1. Fundamentals
This article covers the terminology, concepts, principles, and best practices related to the way you organize the content of your models and the way you structure the storage of your models, as they apply to the IBM Rational Eclipse-based UML modeling products.
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Articles 22 Jan 2008
Speed up deployment of your industry solutions
Industry solutions usually involve complex, distributed deployment with a manual approach that is often time-consuming and unreliable. Learn how to reduce the complexity and cost of industry solution deployment through reuse and automation. The accelerated approach can benefit development and test teams, and can increase the customer's use of the solution. Best practices and an example scenario are included.
Articles 04 Oct 2011
Manage change in mainframe applications with IBM Rational Asset Analyzer: Part 3. Customize and aggregate impact analysis results
Software maintenance can require up to 70% of IT's budget, so managing change to shorten the maintenance cycle, reduce risk, and ensure quality is critical in today's economic climate. This series of three articles explains how you can use IBM Rational Asset Analyzer to achieve those goals, specifically for mainframe-based applications. Part 3 describes how to customize the impact analysis results and aggregate those results, using the Custom Query capability, and then how to create a “bill of materials” based on those results and share it as a spreadsheet.
Articles 08 Nov 2011
Working with C++ Visualization in IBM Rational Systems Developer
The C++ Visualization features of IBM Rational Systems Developer enable you to work with C++ code, using a UML-like notation that provides an experience similar to UML modeling. This article shows how to graphically represent (visualize) C++ elements, discover and display their relationships in UML diagrams, create new C++ elements, edit source code directly from diagrams, and create relationships and navigation features.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 05 Jun 2007
Performing use-case realizations: The case for high cohesion and low coupling
from The Rational Edge: Learn how properly performed use-case realizations will lead to well-structured object-oriented design in software systems.
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Articles 15 Jun 2007
Impact Analysis with Rational Architecture Management Tools
from The Rational Edge: Conducting an impact analysis before making changes to an existing system is a recommended practice to ensure that all system interdependencies are known, and that changes to one or more components will be understood in terms of the effects on other components. This article describes specific techniques for using the IBM Rational toolset for performing an impact analysis.
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Articles 15 Apr 2007
What's new in IBM Rational Application Developer V7.0
This article provides an overview of the new features of IBM Rational Application Developer V7.0, which is one of the premier applications for modeling and architecting software solutions and applications.
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Articles 05 Dec 2006
Advanced usage of the Typeahead control in Rational Application Developer V7.0
There is an ever-growing need for a rich user experience when it comes to Internet applications. An approach to Web application development that has been very successful and popular recently is to design Web applications using Ajax-style patterns. One of the Ajax features available in IBM Rational Application Developer is the Typeahead component. This article demonstrates the versatility of this component in a number of areas: Server-side dynamic result filtering, CSS customization, and JavaScript event handling using the JavaScript API. It takes you the Web developer beyond the most straightforward use cases and into more advanced Typeahead usage.
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Articles 06 Feb 2007
Using RUP to reverse-engineer a legacy system
from The Rational Edge: Many techniques and tools have been proposed for reverse-engineering legacy information systems. But these techniques are seldom described in the context of a well-defined process. This article describes how the IBM Rational Unified Process can be applied to reverse-engineering and in particular to the recovery of the system’s architecture.
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Articles 15 Sep 2006
Manage change in mainframe applications with IBM Rational Asset Analyzer: Part 2. Analyze the impact of changes to manage scope and risk
Software maintenance can require up to 70% of IT's budget, so managing change to shorten the maintenance cycle, reduce risk, and ensure quality is critical in today's economic climate. This series of three articles explains how you can use IBM Rational Asset Analyzer to achieve those goals, specifically for mainframe-based applications. Part 2 describes how to perform change impact analysis to manage the scope and risk of a software change request.
Articles 08 Nov 2011
IBM Rational Asset Manager Configurator
IBM Rational Asset Manager supports technical managers, analysts, architects, developers, testers, and others in their development reuse activities. Rational Asset Manager is customizable to support the kinds of assets and classifications important to your enterprise, and can be configured through the Rational Asset Manager Web user interface. When Rational Asset Manager is configured, the changes are applied immediately. Some enterprises need to communicate and discuss the Rational Asset Manager configuration before committing it to the repository. The Rational Asset Manager Configurator provides a way to visualize the Rational Asset Manager configuration in models, allowing them to be shared, discussed, and refined. The models are transformed into an XMI format and imported to configure Rational Asset Manager. The Rational Asset Manager Configurator also builds models from the exported Rational Asset Manager XMI files.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 14 Aug 2007
Migrating existing projects to Rational solutions
from The Rational Edge: The benefits of introducing new IBM Rational tools into an existing project often clearly outweigh the difficulties associated with making a change midstream. Read about the various techniques you can use to manage the process.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Dec 2007
Using transformation configuration inheritance
This article describes how to make your transformation configurations hierarchical and implement your own transformation configuration editor pages to support inheritance for your properties. Transformation property values are stored in a transformation configuration file. If a property value is shared among many transformation configurations, it is best to use inheritance to define the property once in a parent. The article will show you how to implement this process, with best practices and a workflow to help optimize this approach.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 25 Feb 2010
Making the model work for you
from The Rational Edge: Learn about the differences between models and UML diagrams used in the process of software analysis and design. This article steps you through several operations using IBM Rational modeling tools to illustrate various ways to view and alter a model.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Jan 2008
The business value of software quality
from The Rational Edge: This article explains the benefits of infusing concern for quality into an organization, as well as steps you can take and IBM tools you can use to support this key change.
Articles 15 Dec 2004
Cyber security for the nuclear energy industry
When deploying software based systems, such as, digital instrumentation and controls for the nuclear industry, it is vital to include cyber security assessment as part of architecture and development process. When integrating and delivering software-intensive systems for the nuclear industry, engineering teams should make use of a secure, requirements driven, software development life cycle, ensuring security compliance and optimum return on investment. Reliability protections, data loss prevention, and privacy enforcement provide a strong case for installing strict cyber security policies.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 27 Sep 2012
Cut complexity in software and systems with Collaborative Design Management
Complexity is the biggest challenge in delivering innovative products, systems, and applications today. To address this issue, IBM Rational software promotes a model-based approach that improves quality and increases collaboration across the entire team. Our new Collaborative Design Management (CDM) features extend these capabilities so you can involve stakeholders from across the organization and beyond in the design process and improve the integrations of designs to artifacts across the software development lifecycle.
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Articles 06 Jun 2011
UML 2.0 Profile for Software Services
This article describes the UML profile for software services, a profile for UML 2.0 which allows for the modeling of services, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and service-oriented solutions. The profile has been implemented in IBM Rational Sofware Architect, used successfully in developing models of complex customer scenarios, and used to help educate people about the concerns relevant to developing service-oriented solutions.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 13 Apr 2005
Application architecture essentials, Part 8: Estimate your application development project
Learn estimation methods for your software development project, get suggestions for ways to improve estimation, and discover what you should consider when forming an estimate.
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Articles 19 Jun 2007
Rational top 10 articles from 2009
Find out which articles rank highest in terms of page views for the IBM Rational zone on developerWorks in 2009.
Articles 17 Dec 2009
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