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I was pretty proud to see this advertisement on the wall of one of our customers in Hong-Kong knowing I trained this organization several years ago in France… RTC-promo

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arcad If you missed our Webinar serie about RTC for IBMi teams, here are recordings for each Webinar in the series:

If you have any questions about the Webinar series and solutions, just email info@arcadsoftware.com, we look forward to hearing back from you!

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clearconcertToday, Christophe, an ARCAD Software colleague of mine mentioned he had some issues when he was trying to browse our RTC from his iPhone. He also mentioned that he tested once an app on his iPad and could never make it work.

I knew it is not easy to make work RTC on an iPhone but I was not aware that a dedicated client was available on such mobile. So I decided to test it by myself. Actually, Christophe was not providing the correct URL. Once I told him to provide the same URL as the one that we use in the reach client  (http://my.jazz.server:9443/ccm) immediately he could reach our server and browse our work items…

The name of this application is ClearConcert. You can download it:

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Enjoy and share your feedback in comments…

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The SCM Lounge

streamThe SCM Lounge is a great blog maintained by the RTC SCM team sharing their latest improvements: http://www.thescmlounge.blogspot.fr/

I thought it could be good to share this link with you…

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So many times in my Jazz Jumpstart team member life I got this question from our customers:

“Do you provide an integration of your Source Control Manager with Windows Explorer like Subversion does with TortoiseSVN?”

Each time, I had to reply: “No, for now. Please subscribe to the Story 43272: Windows Explorer client for simple SCM operations (like ClearCase, Tortoise, etc.) for non-eclipse users…”

Today we can say that RTC 4.0 will (certainly) provide a shell integration for Windows Explorer!

I checked the story: it has been created in February 2008 (yes, great feature might take some time, sometimes!) by one of my first customers (and friend!) Roman Smirak and it has so far 103 subscribers

Please check-out the great article from Sreerupa Sen: Introducing the Rational Team Concert Shell integration for Windows Explorer and you will learn what you can expect from this great feature.

Roman! They built it!!! πŸ˜‰

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Regularly I get this question from my customers:

I would like to enforce an approval process inside my development lifecycle. How can I do that in Rational Team Concert?

The setup seems complex because it requires changes at different levels in RTC:

  • In the Work Item workflow,
  • In the Work Item preconditions,
  • In the Work Item permissions.,

This post describes all the steps (and even more) to set up such approval mechanism in RTC. (more…)

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One of the key aspects of a Source Control Manager (SCM) system is to give the possibility to retrieve and restore a previous state of our application. For example, we must be able to rebuild our application to reproduce, understand and fix an issue met by a customer using 2 year old version of the application.

Unfortunately, having access to our 2 years old source code might not be enough to rebuild the application. Actually, today most applications reference frameworks coming from a tiered organization like Open Source projects or subcontractors. These frameworks are generally organized in a set of libraries, for example JAR files, containing the binary code and, sometimes, the source code or the API documentation.

Of course, each of these frameworks has its own life cycle. So, if we don’t recall at some point which version of the framework we were using when we built our application 2 years ago, it might be hard to rebuild the application 2 years later.

Manage framework versions

To fix such issue we have 2 main options:

  • Store the framework version number in our own code with the hope that each time we will have to rebuild the application, all framework versions we used to build our application will be available and accessible either on the Internet or the Intranet.
  • Store and baseline the framework library files with our source code into the SCM to be sure to retrieve those resources when it will be required. (more…)

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