Sample advisor: preventing multi-module change sets

It has been a while since my last post. It hasn’t been because of lack of ideas, rather time, although the blog has been bugging me in the back of my mind for attention for quite some time. So here we go … for this come back I have picked an always interesting topic, to force some rules in your SCM.

I wanted to talk about one aspect of managing change sets in Rational Team Concert. Tools like RTC and Rational Developer for z Systems come in hand with the cultural and practices changes in the umbrella of Enterprise Modernization, but let’s face it, there are certain challenges that come into play in discussions with customers quite commonly and will take some time to leave … if ever (languages used and platform peculiarities play their part as well).

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Manually inspecting your RTC generated package for z/OS

I guess any user of Rational Team Concert Enterprise Extensions is familiar with the packaging feature (see Packaging and deploying with Enterprise Extensions otherwise). This packaging feature, based on the location specified in its definition, stores the  package it generates for a later deployment. The package can additionally be added to the packaging result Downloads tab with the following flag:

packagePublish

While the package result provides a great insight of what has been packaged in the “Package Summary” tab and the “Package Summary Work Item” that creates; what if I want to manually inspect the contents of the package? Continue reading

Unique Files Names SCM Advisor

In (specially) mainframe development environment, there are situations in which duplicate element names can be problematic. And from time to time I get helping customers migrate to Rational Team Concert, I find them asking of a way of ensuring this source elements names uniqueness in SCM can be enforced. In this post I am going to show an advisor for such enforcement, and talk about some restrictions to the approach.

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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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