What is Rational Application Developer (RAD)?
RAD is a software development lifecycle framework. It was designed with the goal of making software development more predictable and speedy by avoiding wasteful work. It is a proprietary software tool that is used by business units and IT departments.
Rational application developers are those who use RAD in their day-to-day life. They create and maintain code in ways such as using RAD development tools, being able to understand the source code of other tools (e.g., Microsoft Visual Studio or Rational Build Forge), and supporting a team with their development skills through lifecycle activities like planning, test design, and automation.
Rational application developers also do not necessarily have to have any formal training in software development or programming languages. Rather, they are often people who consider themselves as a programmer (or have some programming experience), or someone who is a good analyst and uses their skills such as system administration in their day-to-day work. RAD is ideal for them, as it can help them to produce software and stay within the company’s IT framework while still having the freedom of using expensive tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio and Rational Build Forge.
How much would it cost to purchase RAD licenses for enterprise use, and what discounts are available for academic and nonprofit organizations?
RAD licenses for enterprise users are priced at $4,300 for the first year and $35 per user thereafter. Academic and Nonprofit users may purchase a RAD license at an introductory price of $900 plus a one-time $250 setup fee. Students may purchase a RAD license at an introductory price of $900 plus a one-time $250 setup fee. For more information, please read the license agreement on the RAD pages of our website at : http://www.research.att.com/products/RAD.
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How does RAD compare to other development tools on the market, and why might it be a good investment for your organization?
RAD provides you with the most complete collection of tools within a single software development lifecycle framework. It allows you to manage development work independently of your choice of language and tool set, so you get the best out of both worlds. It also provides a unified management approach that integrates with other tools in your environment. This allows for powerful results such as converged builds, source code control system integration, revision tracking and automated testing–the same kind of tools that are found in most other software development frameworks. The following examples help you see the kinds of results that RAD can deliver.
Align with the latest technology trends, but keep your investment in older tools
A common problem is that organizations end up investing in software tools that become outdated and less capable over time. This happens when an organization invests in one tool, such as an IDE, but then wants to reuse existing code developed using a different language and tool. The newer tools do not interoperate with the older tools. This can lead to a growing number of incompatible tool sets that complicate development and lead to a fragmentation of management information.
What features and benefits come with RAD, and how can they help you streamline software development processes in your organization?
a. Distributed development: RAD allows you to coordinate software development and engineering resources in the most effective manner possible, even when they are physically located in different locations. It also minimizes the time, labor and material needed to transfer all of your development information to a new location.
b. Increase in effectiveness: The latest generation of RAD tools are designed for maximum efficiency, productivity and quality. These tools allow you to reduce development costs much more than you ever thought possible before. Our new version of Tool 3.0, for example, allows programmers to develop high quality software much faster with even less training than before. It’s powered by the latest object-oriented technology and it was designed for use with the newest Windows operating system (Windows 8).
c. Rapid time to market: Distributed development and the latest efficiency tools mean you can have a new product or service in production with minimal waste and minimal cost. The latest version of Tool 3.0 allows you to create an application with only 20% of the effort and cost associated with the previous generation of our tools.
If you’re already using RAD, what resources are available to help you get the most out of the toolset?
Rational Developer for Software Architects provides you with a comprehensive environment for modeling and designing your application, regardless of the development platform. It allows you to specify and control the entire development process within a visual environment that supports all phases of software development. It also provides your organization with a high degree of collaborative control over all aspects of the application life cycle–from system design to testing to implementation.
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The System Development Lifecycle is a standard approach to software development that guides you through the process of building a system from inception to deployment. Rational Developer for Software Architects provides comprehensive support for its implementation by providing comprehensive design, configuration and implementation services. It also provides various technical aids that support the complete life cycle of building and deploying systems.
Use the following toolset to help you get started with Rational Developer 8.0 for Software Architects:
Tools. Use the tools to create, capture, and manage your application design. For example, use the Rational Software Architect modeling tool to create an application design and navigate to any class or interface quickly. Use the Rational RequisitePro requirements management tool to capture requirements and export them directly into Rational Developer for Software Architects. Use the Rational Test Data Manager tool to build a library of test data objects with ease.