IBMs Rational Makes Integration Inroads - Page 2

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-08-26 Print this article Print

.Net Support"> In addition, Devlin said Rational has continued its efforts to support Microsofts .Net platform as well as the Java-based Eclipse platform. Rational is also working on delivering enhanced testing tools and completing integration of its tooling technology with WebSphere and WebSphere Business Integration, Devlin said. "With Tivoli and DB2 were still in the process of identifying use cases" for the integration of the technology, he said.
"In addition to moving ourselves closer to the IBM platform, and also .Net, we have done a lot with IGS [IBM Global Services]," Booch said. "What we do here plays across all the platforms."
Booch said Rational has integrated elements of its Rose and XDE tools into Eclipse and into WebSphere Application Studio. "In the current incarnation of what we have in our tooling with WebSphere we have a patterns engine that allows us to take those patterns—a number of stock patterns as well as patterns you might create yourself—and then push those into your system," Booch said. "There was some work in UML 2.x to improve the semantics of patterns so we could capture more interesting patterns and push them into our system." Booch said Rationals focus is to not just feature modeling in the integrated development environment (IDE), but also to tie it together with the whole spectrum of tools in the development space. "So were talking about configuration management and not just configuration management of code but also of all the reusable bits that can be expressed in the UML," Booch said. In summary of Rationals future modeling focus, Booch said: "So in effect having us with IBM now means that we can weave together what weve done with modeling to the whole developer experience to the level of detail that we couldnt have done as an independent company."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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