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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-05-04 Print this article Print

In an interview with eWEEK, Steve Mills, IBMs senior vice president and group executive in charge of IBMs Software Group, said he sees software development as key to enabling a company to operate in an on-demand environment. He said, "Things reached a point as I looked at the kinds of applications customers were trying to build, and the need for deeper connection to IBM middleware technology, more focus on building end-to-end process integrating applications," and thats when IBM acquired Rational.
Now the Rational Unified Process is a part of IBMs software development message. Under RUP, IBM encourages its developers and customers applying the process to develop iteratively, focus on architecture, continuously ensure quality and manage change and assets.
Click here to read more about how the IBM-Rational merger is paying off. Indeed, IBM officials said these concepts are all achieved through the IBM Rational Suite, particularly the latest version, IBM Rational Suite version 2003.06.12, which became available last month. The suite includes coding, modeling, testing and change management tools. Included in the IBM Rational Suite are: Rational XDE, Rational PurifyPlus, Rational ClearCase, IBM Rational Rose, IBM Rational Robot, the MDA (Model Driven Architecture) Toolkit for IBM Rational, and IBM Rational TestManager, among other components, the company said. The suite features tight integration with WebSphere Studio and the Eclipse open-source development platform, as well as extended platform coverage for database design, particularly for IBMs DB2 database on the companys iSeries and z/OS systems. The suite also supports the Microsoft Visual Studio tool set and all the Visual Studio languages, the company said. The IBM Rational Suite also features testing support through Rational Robot for Visual Studio, Sybase Inc.s PowerBuilder, Borland Software Corp.s Delphi and Oracle Forms. Check out eWEEKs Developer & Web Services Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
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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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