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Endevor with Rational Team Concert?


Jeff Crowder (11) | asked Dec 14 '10, 2:28 p.m.
I am evaluating Rational Team Concert for large team environment consisting of Java and mainframe developers. There are compelling reasons to retain Endevor for configuration/release management of mainframe code. Are there any ways (either through integration, or procedurally) that RTC can or should be used alongside Endevor?

Thanks!
-Jeff

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Nicolas Dangeville (31632425) | answered Dec 17 '10, 8:37 a.m.
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I am evaluating Rational Team Concert for large team environment consisting of Java and mainframe developers. There are compelling reasons to retain Endevor for configuration/release management of mainframe code. Are there any ways (either through integration, or procedurally) that RTC can or should be used alongside Endevor?

Thanks!
-Jeff


It is possible to integrate RTC with an external mainframe tool (namely endevor here). A possible scenario would be to drive the external tool from RTC with the use of work-items.
You could create, for example, a new type of work-item (e.g. external) and a new workflow (with actions such as "promote" and states such as "promoted"). Custom fields of the work-item would capture information relevant for the external system (e.g. CCID).
http://jazz.net/library/article/477 explains how you can customize the process, add a follow-up action to the work-item save and trigger a build of your choice when the work-item reaches a certain state.

The build itself can trigger a JCL on the mainframe (directly or indrectly - in my case I run as a pre-build command a REXX script that generates a JCL and pass the parameters obtained from the work-item custom fields. The generated JCL runs next as a build command).
Lastly, by using the REST / OSLC API of the work-items (see https://jazz.net/wiki/bin/view/Main/ResourceOrientedWorkItemAPIv2), you could, as a last step of the JCL, update the work-item (add a comment, set a fields, change state).

Regards,

Nicolas

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