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IBM Rational Team Concert 2 Essentials

Book Description

Improve team productivity with Integrated Processes, Planning, and Collaboration using Team Concert Enterprise Edition

  • Understand the core features and techniques of Rational Team Concert and Jazz platform through a real-world Book Manager Application
  • Expand your knowledge of software development challenges and find out how Rational Team Concert solves your tech, team, and collaboration worries
  • Complete overview and understanding of the Jazz Platform, Rational Team Concert, and other products built on the Jazz Platform
  • Explore out-of-the-box projects with the 'Sandbox' feature of the Jazz Platform, even before you install Rational Team Concert
  • A practical guide by a Rational Team Concert expert, with a simple, step-by-step approach to solve your team management and collaboration worries

In Detail

Software development is a collaborative effort needing active and timely input and response from all its members. Every day, project managers face ever-increasing pressures to produce high-quality software with increasing constraints. With IBM's Rational Team Concert collaborative software delivery environment, you can tremendously improve the productivity of your entire team through a web-based user-interface, continuous builds, a customizable process with work support, team support, integration and many more features.

Written by Suresh Krishna and TC Fenstermaker, experts on Rational Team Concert, this book will help you leverage the full potential of the IBM Rational Team Concert platform to improve your individual and team performance. It follows a realistic case-study example enabling you to learn about Rational Team Concert fundamentals and best practices along the way to efficiently manage your software projects and tackle various software development challenges.

Beginning with an in-depth analysis of software development challenges, the book goes on to introduce the Jazz Platform followed by a complete overview of the architecture of Rational Team Concert. After you install Rational Team Concert on WebSphere and learn to configure the server and clients, you will see all the features in relation to Web and Eclipse clients.

From Chapter 3 onwards a realistic sample application is constructed to give you a strong grasp of your concepts. As you proceed, you learn source control, the mechanism to create, control, and manage documents, artifacts in a software development lifecycle, followed by different tools that Rational Team Concert offers for effective team and work management. You tackle the various challenges of Team Collaboration by integrated e-mail, instant messaging, events, feeds, and work items, the basic units of the task. You also learn the various aspects of the software development process and release planning along with process templates, which provide the initial process and iteration of your project. Finally, you extend the Rational Team Concert and make use of the Jazz Platform APIs to customize your process to fit your organizational needs.

A comprehensive and practical guide to get acquainted with Rational Team Concert and Jazz Platform, boosting your individual and team productivity

Table of Contents

  1. IBM Rational Team Concert 2 Essentials
    1. Copyright
    2. Credits
    3. About the Authors
    4. Acknowledgement
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Beginning with IBM RTC
      1. Software development challenges
        1. Distributed teams
        2. Collaboration
        3. Project management
          1. Team addition
          2. Task assignment and scheduling
          3. Project tracking
          4. Build, test, and release
          5. Transparency
      2. Going the Eclipse way
      3. Jazz platform
        1. Introduction
        2. Vision
        3. Architecture
      4. Rational Team Concert
        1. Overview
        2. What's in RTC?
          1. Administration
          2. Built-ins
          3. Agile management
          4. Continuous builds
          5. Process awareness
          6. Team awareness
          7. Work items
          8. Source control
          9. Project dashboards
      5. Jazz-based products
        1. Rational Quality Manager
        2. Rational Requirements Composer
        3. Rational Project Conductor
        4. Rational Insight
        5. Rational Build Forge
        6. Rational Asset Manager
      6. Summary
    9. 2. Installing RTC and WebSphere
      1. Installing Rational Team Concert
        1. Understanding RTC editions
        2. Installing Enterprise edition
          1. Build system
          2. Client
          3. SCM tools
          4. Repository tools
          5. Server
        3. Configuring WebSphere
          1. Before you start
          2. JVM custom properties
          3. Heap size settings
          4. Changing log details
          5. Security Settings
        4. Deploying Jazz Team Server on WebSphere
        5. Testing the installation
      2. Setting up the server
        1. Introduction
        2. Project areas
        3. Server
        4. User management
        5. Project area management
        6. Process template management
      3. Setting up the client
      4. JUnit project example
        1. Working with Sandbox
        2. Work items perspective
          1. Team Artifacts view
          2. My Work view
          3. Team Central view
        3. Jazz Administration perspective
          1. Process Template view
          2. Team Organization view
        4. JUnit Project on the Web Interface
        5. Team Advisor
      5. Summary
    10. 3. Setting up the Project
      1. Introduction
      2. Setting up the project
        1. Importing the subversion dump
        2. Project source code
        3. Building and running the application
          1. Admin utility
          2. BookManager application
      3. Summary
    11. 4. Team and Source Control
      1. Introduction
      2. Team invitation
      3. Streams and components
      4. Repository workspace
        1. Flow target
        2. Repository ownership
        3. Workspace snapshots
        4. Ignoring resources
        5. Explicit resource locks
      5. Change sets
      6. Source control from the RTC Web UI
      7. Summary
    12. 5. Team Collaboration and Work Items
      1. Work Environment
      2. Scheduled Absences
      3. Mail Configuration
      4. Instant Messaging
      5. Events and feeds
      6. Work Items
        1. Work Items UI
          1. Work Items view
          2. Team Artifacts view
          3. My Work view
          4. Team Central view
          5. Tag Cloud view
        2. Creating Work Items
        3. My Work view
          1. Inbox
          2. Future Work Items
          3. Current Work
        4. Team Central
        5. Queries
          1. Predefined queries
          2. Creating queries
        6. Import/Export
        7. Customization
      7. Dashboards
        1. Explore dashboard
        2. Customize dashboards
      8. Summary
    13. 6. Development Process and Release Planning
      1. Development process
        1. Process templates
          1. Out-of-the-box templates
            1. Cloudburst
            2. OpenUp
            3. Scrum
            4. Simple Team
          2. Translatable templates
        2. Process configuration
      2. Agile development
        1. Project Area
        2. Role definition
        3. Team collaboration
        4. Work items
        5. Repository workspace
        6. Reporting
        7. Release planning
        8. Build management
      3. Release management
        1. Iteration planning
        2. Project tracking
      4. Reality check
      5. Summary
    14. 7. Build Management
      1. Continuous integration
        1. Benefits
      2. Build module
        1. Build setup
        2. Recommendations
        3. Build Engine and Toolkit
      3. Working with Eclipse
        1. Build definition
        2. Start the build engine
        3. Test the build
        4. Build administration
      4. Working with the Web UI
      5. Releasing the project
        1. Test the application
        2. Release the application
        3. Traceability and retrospective
        4. Web dashboard
        5. Recommended practices
      6. Summary
    15. 8. Extending RTC
      1. Extension architecture
      2. SDK setup
        1. Target platform
        2. Simple tests
        3. RESTful API
      3. Client extensions
        1. Extension development
        2. Extension deployment
      4. Server extensions
        1. Extension development
        2. Update site and deployment
        3. Testing the extension
      5. Summary
    16. A. Quick Reference
      1. Book Manager Application
      2. Change sets
      3. Component
      4. Dashboards
      5. Eclipse
      6. Flow target
      7. Iteration plan
      8. Jazz-based products
      9. Jazz platform
      10. Jazz Sandbox
      11. Jazz Team Server
      12. My Work view
      13. Open Lifecycle Service Collaboration
      14. Project area
      15. Project Area Management
      16. Process templates
      17. Process
      18. Project Release plan
      19. Queries
      20. Rational Team Concert
      21. Reporting
      22. Repository Workspace
      23. Scrum development
      24. Stream
      25. Tag Cloud view
      26. Team Advisor
      27. Team area
      28. Team Artifact view
      29. Team Build
      30. Team Central view
      31. Timeline
      32. Work items
      33. Work items perspective
      34. Work Items view
    17. B. Installing the Express-C Edition with the Tomcat Server
      1. Rational Team Concert Express-C features
      2. Installing Rational Team Concert Express-C
        1. Installing Express-C
        2. Express-C basic setup
        3. Admin setup
        4. Client setup
      3. JUnit Project example
      4. Summary
    18. C. The BookManager Application Architecture
      1. Architecture
        1. Presentation tier
        2. Services tier
        3. Persistence tier
        4. Control flow
          1. Interceptors
          2. Actions
          3. Admin
          4. Flow summary
      2. Functionality
        1. Login
        2. Welcome page
        3. Add book
        4. List books
        5. Update book
        6. Delete book
      3. Summary
    19. D. What's New in RTC v3.0
      1. Features overview
      2. Packaging
      3. Licensing
      4. Planning
        1. Formal Project Template
        2. Time Tracking
        3. Scrum boards
      5. Work items
      6. Source control
      7. Summary