Global Configuration Management
To support better integration across the product lifecycles several Global Configuration Management three main updates were made in RTC version 6.0:
- Personal streams – The tightly coupled integration between and among the jazz products is one of their great advantages. To further invest in this integration the concept of a personal stream has been introduced in version 6.0 of RTC. This will allow users to create and remove links that span project areas and access change sets across project areas without changing the global stream.
- More granular permissions – Permissions can now be defined for creating and modifying components, streams and personal streams.
- New roles – Three new roles have been added to the default process template: Contributor, Baseline Maker and Configuration Lead adding more fined tuned role based behavior to an already robust system.
Build Report Editor
As teams adopt and begin to invest more heavily in Rational Team Concert (RTC), builds and their associated build results become a type of currency in their organization. The build results in particular are more than a little valuable both for debugging build problems, but also as input to post build processes and for communicating the technical content of the build. The ability of this build report to effectively communicate what got built, where it got built and what perpetuated these actions is critical. In version 6.0 a new embedded build report editor was introduced that allows users to browse build result details with a considerable set of tools—pagination, search and sort—to make this process easier.
This editor also provides a much more interactive experience than had previously been available in this area of the product by providing links to a variety of build artifacts. Again, this is a visibility and traceability boon for users who want to know exactly what happened with their build and be able to dive easily into the details without sacrificing a valuable and meaningful summary.
The full list of changes for the build result editor are too detailed to enumerate here, but it’s certain to say that this would be an area to explore in the latest version of RTC.
We set out to do a four part series on the new function available in the upcoming release of RTC and quickly discovered just how substantial this release was. Given that, we hope this series could at least then help communicate and give interested parties a small taste of some of the great new changes available in Rational Team Concert version 6.0. The development team has clearly invested a significant amount of time and effort pouring great new function into this release. There’s no way we could capture all of these worthwhile line items.
As one last word, we would encourage anyone interested in getting more detail on the full list of included line items to explore the New and Noteworthy section of the jazz downloads section for Rational Team Concert!