Custom Services Configuration Properties – naming collision issues

I have recently been working on writing a custom service to automate some computed information retrieval from an RTC Server. That service I wanted it to have a configuration property that could be set/modified using the Advanced Properties page (https://<yourServerURI>/ccm/admin). In that process I faced a “dummy” issue that made me waste some precious time, so I wanted to share here my experience.

This post is meant to be a really short one, with the idea of providing a tip based on my experience.

Note: if this a kind of custom element you may need in your deployment but you don’t know where to start, I advice you to firstly take a look at Hello Jazz — How to write a simple Jazz component at jazz.net.

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Work Item cross-stream deliveries and promotion – a sample precondition

Work Item based Promotion allows you to move your changes related to a certain work item in your streams hierarchy. At the same time, Rational Team Concert allows a great flexibility to “move” your changes between work items, so developers can report their work or decide which changes better represent their tasks work. However, when it comes to work items promotion, there are times where this flexibility can lead you to undesired scenarios.

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Automatically link rebuilt impacted files to a work item – Custom Ant Task

At this point you may be already be familiar with the Promotion and Packaging Enterprise Extensions features, and how you can use them in a work item basis. You can specify concrete work items to be promoted or packaged, therefore associated changes will be the ones to consider in these processes. This offers great fine grain control of how your changes are to progress in your defined development flow, which is to sum with all the goods that managing change sets with work items offer (traceability, process control, …).

In this post, however, I want to discuss the case of dependencies impact and their management: when files get rebuild because a source they depend on has been modified. I will provide a custom Ant task as sample approach for automatically linking those files rebuilt to a work item to incorporate them (and their outputs) in the development flow. In the last part of this post I want to also introduce some new features improvements coming in RTC.

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Build Agent’s user “home” folder permissions considerations

The past days, while I was trying the configuration of a deployment of the Build System Toolkit and the Build Agent (based on version 4.0.4), in a test system using the Money that Matters sample, I faced the following error running a build:

PTY allocated pseudo-tty *PtyPipe
EXEC Unable to set working directory to '"/u/<userX>"' (111).
RESULT 4
EOR

I want to blog about this error and its resolution, taking the opportunity meanwhile to provide links to important configuration information.

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Focusing a bit more in my new team

A lot of reorganization work has been happening lately within IBM/Rational and, as one of them, it was with a mix of sadness and mission accomplished feelings that I received the news that Jazz Jumpstart Team was to be disbanded. As a result of that reorganization I have joined the Rational Emerging Technologies Team (aka RETT). You can have some more insight on these changes and what the new team means in the blog post Everything Changes – Change is the Only Constant from Dan Toczala’s Blog. He is the manager of this new team where I am joining some old and new colleagues in this RETT initiative.

What does that mean for me and this blog? Well, not much, as in my new role I am focused on Rational Team Concert for System Z development, so still RTC and the Jazz platform :). I’ll try to focus a bit more my posts on RTC for developing for this platform: how to take the most of Enterprise Extensions, adoption tips, …; or my little solutions for common customizations/extensions that I find for the adoption of RTC for that particular development area. I am keeping here links to other colleagues’ blogs where you will still find cool stuff in other CLM areas that I will be no longer focused on.

Stay tunned!