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ldap One of my first papers on http://jazz.net was to explain how to setup an LDAP. The Jazz team greatly improved the process, nevertheless I’m still struggling to follow correctly each step described in the help.

It is for this reason, I decided to write a new article to list these steps. I hope it will help…

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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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arcadAfter almost 18 years at IBM, I decided to move on and follow a new adventure.

During my”IBM life”, I had the chance to work on great projects with amazing people. Can you believe :

  • I started in Nantes, France, working for 3 years on VisualAge for Smalltalk as consultant and level 3 support in Europe.
  • Then I joined Raleigh team in North Carolina and worked three 3 years on VisualAge MicroEdition, the Eclipse IDE ancestor.
  • Back in France, I worked 5 years as Eclipse/eRCP committer providing support on the IBM Embedded Java, alias J9.
  • In 2006, during the EclipseCon event in San Franscisco, CA, I retrieved some good OTI/IBM friends of mine, Erich Gamma, Jean-Michel Lemieux and John Wiegand, who were demonstrating a new amazing development platform name Jazz, then renamed Rational Team Concert. Three month later, my friend Paul Vanderlei setup in a team named the “Jazz Jumspart team” and invited me to join 2 talented guys : Jim D’Anjou, from the West Coast, Steve Wasleski from the East Coast, as the representative of this team in Europe…
  • After 6 year in this team, I was so enthusiastic about Rational Team Concert, that another good friend of mine, Philippe Bauquel, offered me the position of Development Manager to push Agile and RTC best practices inside an amazing team, the Rational Programming Patterns team. I worked in this team for more than 2 years.

Today, I decided to look for other great projects, but this time, outside of IBM. I’m joining an IBM Partner, ARCAD Software, which offered me a great position as their VP of Professional Services.

This organization is building development tools for IBMi / RPG developers. They decided to complete their tool suite with RTC (ARCAD pack for Rational) and they would like to leverage their skills in RTC when it is running on IBMi platform. This is another great challenge for me: new platform, new team, new customers but same passion: IDEs (: Integrated Development Environment).

Actually, while I was doing my master degree I already wanted to build an IDE on LOGO for kids. Since then, I worked on some major IDEs: Smalltalk, Eclipse and RTC. So, APR (Arcad Pack for Rational) is just another great IDE what I will be able to add to my career path…

So wish me good luck! 😉

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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!!! 😉

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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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If you are looking for some dedicated RTC precondition to check quality rules before delivering any code into a stream, may I encourage you to watch this video then check this page

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Recently I got this question from a customer: “What are the other files in Tomcat we should backup when we backup our JTS databases?”

I was ready to reply the default answer I used to reply with Rational Team Concert 2.x: “Backup tomcat-users.xml, teamserver.propertiesserver.xml files.
Then I realized that the answer might be too short for RTC 3.x and the new associated topology so I decided to bother my L3 support colleague (and friend!), Eric Jodet.

Eric kindly sent me a folder containing the list of the files backed up by IBM Install Manager when it upgrades RTC and I realized that I was very far from the reality with my 3 initial files.

It is for this reason I decided to share this information until we get a page in the CLM help covering this point.
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