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Developers Take Rational Shot With IBM

IBM is set to announce tomorrow the addition of Rational Developer to its Rational software line.

The new application provides code transformation and compliance for a critical Department of Defense framework, among other features.

IBM Rational Systems Developer is an Eclipse-based product that is an integrated design and construction tool that enables software architects and developers to create applications that are optimized for C++, Java SE and CORBA.

Rational Systems Developer is built on top of Rational Software modeler and provides capabilities for modeling UML 2.0 . Systems Devloper will take the UML 2.0 model and then transform it into C++, Java SE or CORBA.

"It will take the model and transform it into code and do so in a way that you have patterns for doing so that you can rely on," Roger Oberg, vice president of marketing and strategy of IBM Rational, told internetnews.com. "So if it's in the design, it's in the code."

Tools for application analysis that help to improve code quality, as well as lifecycle integration with the rest of the Rational software portfolio to improve team productivity, are a part of the Systems Developer offering.

Support for the DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) is also a key component of Rational Systems Developer.

DoDAF is a Department of Defense compliance requirement that among other things is supposed to ensure common technical architectures views. Rational Systems Developer provides support for capturing and reporting the architecture and design for DoDAF that can be communicated across an organization.

IBM is also announcing tomorrow that eight of its business partners will be rolling out Eclipse-based solutions for Rational software.

Those vendors include: Wind River, EmbeddedPlus Engineering, Pathfinder Solutions, Coverity, Galorath, PTC Windchill, Flashline and LogicLibrary. The partner solutions are part of the ready for Rational program which was first originally launched in October of 2004.

The release of Rational Systems Developer is the second update to IBM's Rational product line in as many months. At the end of December 2005, IBM announced Rational Portfolio Manager 6.2.

IBM bought Rational Software in a blockbuster $2.1 billion dollar deal in 2002 and has been rolloing out new Rational products since 2003.