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 <span>danny d.</span>
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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 <span>Arpit P.</span>
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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.

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IBM Rational review by <span>André B.</span>
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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.

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Rien a redire si ce n'est le prix.

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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

IBM Rational review by <span>Thomas H.</span>
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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.

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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.

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