Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software

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IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software accelerates the development, quality assurance, and deployment of Java, Java EE, Web 2.0, mobile, portal and service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications for distributed platforms and IBM Bluemix.

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IBM Rational review by danny d.
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"Teams with dedicated staff should only use"

What do you like best?

It has a lot of features to log information and customize to any of our needs. Uses java plenty of technical resources can be found. No nonsense.

What do you dislike?

It isn't easy to make changes of you aren't a programmer or lack experience with other ibm products. We handed off the maintenance of it to a our tech support staff but they couldn't make changes easily to it or update. Updating is a big problem since we have to take it off line so it can't be used when updates happen or when we do java updates on the server it breaks.

It also has lousy support for new updated browsers like edge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can get it to run with no help and will be okay with that or pay someone go for it but everyone else should pass.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking programming changes and a storage place for code. We have found it tracks things well and of are leave it alone no problems.

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IBM Rational review by Arpit P.
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"WebSphere: Robust eCommerce processor"

What do you like best?

The Websphere application server (WAS) had been around for quite a while. Basic usefulness are to some degree clear. If one needs to incorporate with IBM centralized computer framework and the IBM MQ framework, this is the top decision. Oracle Weblogic, Oracle GlassFish( used to Sun One, and before that used to be Netscape IPlanet server). One ought to mindful there are additionally numerous contenders in this space.

What do you dislike?

Took me quite a while to realize why and how conveying guidelines to the server actually functions. UI is likewise getting somewhat obsolete. As the application server is commerical one, it had a truly high permit expense. Every application servers had something they exceed expectations in, and one ought to invest the energy to arrange the framework effectively to get a decent execution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At my organization, we provide WebSphere Commerce implementation to our clients and needless to say, it has helped in implementing e-commerce solutions for organization to a good extent. It greatly helps in providing omni channel experience for the customers. It is ideal for: high-volume, enterprise-level sellers and also its multi-site, multi-channel functionality is a very good advantage.

What Integrated Development Environment (IDE) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
IBM Rational review by André B.
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"Une solution alternative pour les taches administratives."

What do you like best?

Un logiciel clé en main je dois dire. Le logiciel WebSphere pour les environnements SOA permet l'exécution de processus métier dynamiques et interconnectés et offre des infrastructures applicatives à hautes performances adaptées à toutes les situations rencontrées par les entreprises. En outre, on trouvera également un certain nombre de packages, ou suites logicielles dites "prêtes à l'emploi", couvrant une gamme de besoins fonctionnels génériques.

What do you dislike?

Le serveur d'application WAS (WebSphere Application Server) utilise des standards ouverts tels que Java EE, XML, et les Web Services. Il fonctionne avec de nombreux serveurs Web au rang desquels Apache HTTP Server, Netscape Enterprise Server, Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), IBM HTTP Server pour i5/OS, IBM HTTP Server pour z/OS, et IBM HTTP Server pour AIX/Linux/Microsoft Windows/Solaris.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rien a redire si ce n'est le prix.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Infrastructure d'applications

Créez, déployez et gérez des applications dans un environnement reconnu, sécurisé et flexible.

Connectivité, intégration et architecture orientée services

Connectez services et applications pour optimiser vos opérations et réduire vos coûts.

Connectivité et développement d’une stratégie de mobilité

Développez rapidement et efficacement des applications mobiles offrant une riche expérience utilisateur

Gestion des processus métier

Optimisez les performances métier en documentant, déployant et améliorant continuellement les processus métier de bout en bout.

Portails

Point d'interaction personnalisée avec les applications, les contenus, les processus et les personnes.

Sécurité et gestion de la mobilité

Améliorez la visibilité et le contrôle pour faire appliquer une stratégie de sécurité mobile

IBM Rational review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Websphere as an application server"

What do you like best?

ease of deployment. So the manual deployment of a war file or an ear file is almost the same on any dev environment or on a prod environment. The ease of using deployment scripts is great. The configuration required for ini files works very well in PROD deployment

What do you dislike?

the way we have to keep clearing the cache - the logs/ temp and wstemp folder is just too much work. I completely dislike that websphere always stores the older versions of the deployment. I also dislike the fact that when a deployment is in progress and there are some critical errors then we don not get enough information with the server logs to help us point to whether it is an env issue an application issue, a db issue or something else. THis is very frustating at times

Recommendations to others considering the product

clean the cache all the time

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

there was no intention of solving business problems however we use it as a standard installation software for our product when there is a medium scale user base involved

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"Good development tool for Java based application"

What do you like best?

The Rational Application Developer aka RAD is one of the application developer tool for Java based application. The tool is based on the open source application Eclipse, and added IBM specific capability on top of the Eclipse platform. The tool is friendly, and it is the "Visual Studio" for the Java platform, comparing to the Microsoft platform. It had a very good integration of the IBM Websphere application server, which makes it easy to use and test. It also had helpers tool builtin. e.g. templates, sample projects, and good integration with web services like soap and rest technologies, and many other goodies. The latest version 9.5 supports Java EE version 7 and the latest version of JSF 2.2.

If one is deploying to a websphere server in house, the websphere runtime and configuration tools would help user to resolve most of the configuration issues in the development environment

What do you dislike?

The tool is very versatile, and it had a heavy license fee, close to 3000 thousands dollar per license. As development team have 3 to 5 developers, the cost would quickly add up, and the cost becomes prohibitive. This software market is very matured, and there are lots of strong contenders who would love to get a bigger share of this market from the vendor.

The other issue is the plugin system is very restrictive, and a lot of open source tools are not supported.

Another issue is the application is very resource intensive. You need a powerful development machine with lots of RAM, as one would run the IDE and the application server at the same time. There are quirky setting in the system that one needs to enable. E.g. terminate the application server too when one quits the IDE, or else the application server would be left running, and one spends a lot of time to figure out the machine is sluggish and not responsive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are many contenders, and the strongest commercial ones are the Oracle JDeveloper, and the Intellij. Oracle JDeveloper are the rebirth of the Sun Netbeans tool, and the IntelliJ is a separate editor vendor. As many company try to attact the users to use their product, they provide trial version to test drive the system.

IBM provided a trial version of RAD here for 60 days to try out. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/

Consider the case the company had a strong presence of IBM products already in deployment. e.g. IBM cognos, IBM MQ system and IBM mainframe system. It is best to stick with IBM products as it usually provide better integration, instead of investing the time to configure the different systems from multiple vendors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The company had an old Java EE application written using EJB 2.0, and JSF 1.1, and it needs to been upgraded to the later version of JSF 2.0, as the old version of the JSF libary is no longer supported. The IBM migration assistand provides a great tool to assist the migration, and points out potential issues during the upgrade.

The system also have a good tool to help user to debug web based application, as it allow user to remote connect to an application server deployed on a separate machine for checking issues.

IBM Rational review by User in Tobacco
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"Best development tool for websphere"

What do you like best?

RAD is based on the Eclipse ide, so should be familiar to anyone already using it. The main advantage of using it over Eclipse, is if you work in websphere environment. RAD is tightly integrated with websphere server, websphere MQ, and anything else websphere. Due to this integration, debugging reaches a whole new level, where you can even step through code running on the application server.

What do you dislike?

Using it has a steep learning curve, beginners will have a tough time getting started. Also, this software isn't cheap; it's a great java development environment, but if you don't live in a websphere world, you can use something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it mostly for all our system integration needs, building webservices. It is our main development tool, and has helped us build our entire order to cash process.

IBM Rational review by Jiahao L.
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"Used with ODM rules "

What do you like best?

There is good documentation on the IBM site for tutorials on how to setup it up.

Basic functionality are somewhat straightforward.

What do you dislike?

The UI is a bit confusing. Took me a long time to learn why and how deploying rules to the server works.

Concept is a bit confusing.

UI is also getting a bit outdated

Recommendations to others considering the product

If it's your first time, prepare to spend a lot of time initially on tutorials and learning how to navigate around.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used websphere as the host for our rules engine

IBM Rational review by Evan W.
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"Powerful but clunky"

What do you like best?

IBM Websphere has a very strong support team. So problems with the product are supported well with technical experts. The application container is very proven as enterprise level software.

What do you dislike?

IBM Websphere is extremely heavyweight. Configuration is not easy and requires a lot of clicking through menus to obscure parameters. The value of the product is weighed down significantly by its overhead for clunky UI and unintuitive nature.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Application containers solve a way to properly house and host applications and provide a stable environment for code to run well under. Depending on your application container, the datasource and links to supporting applications (databases and queues).

IBM Rational review by User
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"WAS 7"

What do you like best?

Ease of use and deployment time. Also it's great that WebSphere Application Server V7 provides support for Dependency injection, Java Persistence API etc

What do you dislike?

Upgrading to WAS 8.5 wasn't very easy. Also, one of the other problems I've faced is memory leak which significantly decreases the performance of my application.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building and deploying applications to WAS(Websphere Application Server) 7 locally and then to PROD. One of the main benefit is it's ease of use and uptime.

IBM Rational review by User in Financial Services
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"Bloated and Slow, Like Everything Else IBM"

What do you like best?

If I had to say something good, then I like that the application integrated with other IBM products. But that's not even a good thing.

What do you dislike?

Dislike almost everything about it. It was a reskinned, IBM bloated, slow version of Eclipse. It was always a pain to set anything up and it always took more time than necessary to do something simple like set up dependencies or anything about the environment I'd be working with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't, use something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are no business benefits. The same work can be achieved with other similar applications without feeling like you can't move to a new environment.

IBM Rational review by User in Computer Software
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"Buggy, frustrating to use full time."

What do you like best?

It's better than SEU. I can compile faster, and change multiple instances of text faster, plus I can see more text than SEU.

What do you dislike?

The only reason this IDE gets a two is because the only real competition for RPGLE is the built in green screen SEU (Source Editing Utility)

I have worked on an IBM i system for 7 years, all of that time using RDI because I have no other choice for editing and compiling RPG. The debugger hangs or crashes on me sometimes 10 times per day and I have to restart the application. Often times the text jumps over a character I am editing and messes up the code. Sometimes I end up on a completely different part of the page when I copy/paste code. RDI is a piece of junk in my opinion. There should be a competitor for it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Suffer with it unless you can find a better editor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Processing forms, validation updating the database. I take advantage of the numerous shortcut keys and the debugger.

IBM Rational review by Suresh. D.
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" Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software"

What do you like best?

Its very awesome development tool for Java JEE applications. Very easy of use and setup creations for project development. We can add both WAS and Portal server in same IDE to run the application.

Light weight IDE, we can run various application in local while in development.

What do you dislike?

Price matters, other than that market place plugin are not that much easy to install like in base eclipse.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We made development quickly by easy environmental setup for larger JAVA JEE enterprise application.

IBM Rational review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"RAD for WebSphere review"

What do you like best?

IBM RAD for WebSphere Software really is a great IDE. Its refactoring tooling works tremendously well. The handling of Javadoc works perfectly. All of features we've come to expect of an IDE are their (code completion, templates, integration with various SCMSs, integration with build systems). Its code formatting and cleanup tools are very powerful. I find its build system to work well and intuitively. I think these are the things upon which its reputation is really built. It also accelerates the development, quality assurance, and deployment of Java, Java EE, Web 2.0, mobile, portal and service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications for distributed platforms and IBM Bluemix. Both expert and novice developers can increase productivity and efficiency by using its many integrated capabilities for easier development, testing, analysis and delivery of applications.

What do you dislike?

Documentation in the form of books and actual tutorials is sorely lacking. I want a master walkthrough for something as dense and feature-rich as Eclipse. As far as I've found, nothing like that exists. If you want to figure out Eclipse, you've got one option, sit down and play with it (literally play with it, not just see a feature and go and read the documentation for it, because that probably doesn't exist or is wrong).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are developing Websphere based applications for our Enterprise by using this great IDE. These applications are delivered seamlessly to the IIB and WAS runtime.

IBM Rational review by Jimmy T.
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"Rational Application Development tool"

What do you like best?

RAD is a development suite with built-in integration to database and front end via plug in

What do you dislike?

Software Updates are time consuming and often failing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

No

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

J2EE client server application for financial institution

IBM Rational review by User in Printing
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"The best development tool"

What do you like best?

The interface, plugin extensibility and integrity

What do you dislike?

Plugin limitation to the version and limited upgrades.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best commercial development tool when using websphere application server

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web development and design and help build and create java components

IBM Rational review by G2 Crowd User in Telecommunications
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"Use is to deploy WebSphere Commerce"

What do you like best?

Feature collection is very good. Very reliable.

What do you dislike?

Linux compatibility is missing.

SDO generation is slow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Use as IDE.

Deploy Websphere Commerce Toolkit

IBM Rational review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Websphere is application server for running IBM platforms"

What do you like best?

Web UI administration, easy for administration, comprehensive documentation.

What do you dislike?

Complicated to setup and lack of automation tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it if you use other IBM products, it provides seamless integration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to host certain application backend and integrate with IBM technology, Websphere is a natural choice.

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