Getting started with Rational Rhapsody

The IBM® Rational® Rhapsody® family of software provides an analysis, design, and development environment for systems engineers and embedded software developers that integrates into the overall product development lifecycle and helps manage complexity, promote team collaboration, and improve quality.

Software engineers use the product to perform model-driven development for technical, real-time, or embedded systems. The power of graphical modeling transforms the process of code generation so that you are able to depict the behavior of a system and validate it with simulation and automated testing.

Systems engineers use the product in all phases of the systems analysis and design lifecycle. The systems engineer creates cohesive systems engineering models for requirements analysis, trade study analysis, system functional analysis, system architectural design, and subsystem architectural design; and can validate the consistency by using simulation to identify problems early in development.

To start the product on a Microsoft Windows system, click the Rational Rhapsody icon IBM Rational Rhapsody icon on Windows desktop on your desktop, or use the Windows Start menu. For example, to start the Rational Rhapsody Developer Edition, select Programs > IBM Rational > IBM Rational Tools > IBM Rational Rhapsody version number > Rational Rhapsody Developer Edition > Rational Rhapsody Developer for language.

For instructions on how to start the product on a Linux system, see the related topic on starting Rational Rhapsody on that system.

The Welcome screen helps you get started quickly:

  • Create a project
  • Open a project
  • Visit the IBM website
  • Access product documentation
  • Access training and technical support links
  • View the project samples delivered with the product (see the related topic on examining Rational Rhapsody samples.)

See the tutorials that introduce you to various features of the product.

Product solutions are available from the Rational Rhapsody Welcome screen. Each solution contains task-based scenarios with high-level steps and videos that show how you can use the product in different modeling environments. For more information, you can watch the video. The video explains the features of the new solutions.

In addition, see the related topics on "getting started" to help you get familiar with other features of the product.