Statements of deprecation and general direction: IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and the IBM Rational Software Architect Designer program family

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-245
June 7, 2016


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This announcement for IBM® Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere® Software, Rational Software Architect Designer, Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software, and Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for SOA and WebSphere, and for the Rational Agent Controller utility that is shipped with certain of those programs, includes the following

  • A listing of program capabilities that are now deprecated and may be removed from the products in the future
  • A statement of general direction regarding the intent of IBM to deliver tooling support for the future general availability version of the WebSphere Application Server traditional offerings that are currently available as Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software a V9.0 open beta program.


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June 7, 2016



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The capabilities of the following programs are deprecated. IBM will no longer invest in enhancing these capabilities, and may at some point remove them from future program releases. If you have any concerns, contact one of the following:

  • IBM representative
  • IBM Client Support team for these programs

Program name VRM Program number
Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 9.5 5724-J19
Rational Software Architect Designer, Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for SOA and WebSphere, Rational Software Architect Designer Deployment Planning for DevOps, Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for Integrated Architecture Frameworks 9.5 5725-A30
Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software 9.5 5724-I70

The capabilities of the following programs are deprecated. IBM will no longer invest in enhancing these capabilities, and may at some point remove them from future product releases. If you have any concerns, contact one of the following:

  • IBM representative
  • IBM Client Support team for these products

Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, Rational Software Architect Designer, Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software, and Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for SOA and WebSphere

  • Dojo tools and libraries
  • All tools that manifest in these products' Data Perspective (for example, visualization of Structured Query Language (SQL) data definition language code)
  • Desktop platform support: All 32-bit Windows™ OS and all variants of SUSE Linux™ Enterprise Server (SLES)

For Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software

  • Visual (diagram-based) editing of Java™ and Enterprise JavaBeans™ code, by using UML notation (Note that this capability is not deprecated in the Rational Software Architect Designer family of programs.)

Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software, and the Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for SOA and WebSphere

  • Service Component Architecture (SCA) development tools

Rational Software Architect Designer, Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software, and the Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for SOA and WebSphere

  • Capabilities for the modeling of Communications Enabled Applications that use the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) specification.
  • Model simulation (execution) capabilities.
  • UML Profiles for COBOL Development. Provides extensions to the UML language that are specifically for designing COBOL data models and application logic.
  • UML-to-SCA Transformation. The UML-to-SCA transformation transforms UML models into Service Component Architecture (SCA) projects that contain SCA artifacts.
  • Struts modeling and transformations. Use UML models to design and model Java EE web applications that are based on the Apache Struts framework. Transform UML models into code for Struts applications, and transform Struts applications into UML models. IBM is stabilizing and deprecating these capabilities as investment focus shifts to newer development styles and technologies such as microservice-based architectures.
  • Hibernate modeling and transformations. Use UML models to design and model applications that are based on the Hibernate framework. Transform UML models into code for Hibernate applications, and transform Hibernate applications into UML models. IBM is stabilizing and deprecating these capabilities as investment focus shifts to newer development styles and technologies such as microservice based architectures.
  • Spring core modeling and transformations. Use UML models to design and model applications that are based on the Spring framework. Transform UML models into code for Spring applications, and transform Spring applications into UML models. IBM is stabilizing and deprecating these capabilities as investment focus shifts to newer development styles and technologies such as microservice based architectures.
  • Features that are related to deployment automation driven by topology models. These include:
    • Deployment workflow editors
    • Facilities for workflow discovery, analysis, task selection, and publication to automation engines, in particular Rational Build Forge®. (These features were formerly delivered in the Rational Software Architect Extension for Deployment Automation, but as of Version 9.5, were folded into the core Rational Software Architect Designer program.).

      These features are being stabilized and deprecated as the investment focus for Deployment Modeling has now shifted to the new use-case of feeding topology semantics to downstream automation solutions such as IBM UrbanCode™ Deploy that have their own workflow-based discovery and automation capabilities. Also deprecated at this time is the domain-specific deployment automation content formerly marketed as the Rational Deployment Automation Content Pack for Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere and WebSphere Application Server.

Rational Agent Controller (a utility that is included with Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software) and for the design management server for the Rational Software Architect Designer program family

  • Server side platform support. These platforms are deprecated:
    • Solaris
    • SLED
    • SLES

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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IBM intends to provide future general availability releases of the following programs and utilities that will include development tools and code analysis support for any future general availability version of WebSphere Application Server traditional products that are currently available as beta Version 9.0.

IBM expects that delivery of this tooling and code analysis support is likely to be some time after the general availability of the previously described version of the traditional WebSphere Application Server offerings. They will provide the development tools and code analysis support are:

  • Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software is an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that provides developers with many integrated capabilities that can enable faster application development and maintenance, and higher initial code quality. The future version of this offering is currently available in open beta.
  • Rational Software Architect Designer is a modeling tool that provides many capabilities for modeling with UML, Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), and various other domain specific modeling languages, and also capabilities for transforming between such models and various types of application source code. It provides both an Eclipse-based interface, and a web-based interface to its collaborative server-based "design management" capabilities that complement the modeling tools
  • Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for SOA and WebSphere, an offering that extends Rational Software Architect Designer, adds a subset of the capabilities of Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, and also adds specific additional domain modeling and transformation capabilities, most notably for Enterprise Java™ and Service Oriented Architectures
  • Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software, a modeling tool plus a complete IDE, includes the full capabilities of both Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and the full capabilities of Rational Software Architect Designer, and also many additional modeling and transformation capabilities that are not available in those products
  • Rational Agent Controller is not a program, but instead a utility that ships as part of Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and as part of Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software and as part of WebSphere Application Server offerings. It enables developers to connect to remote instances of WebSphere Application Server and perform runtime code analysis on applications that are run on those remote WebSphere Application Server instances.

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Program name VRM Program number
Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 9.5 5724-J19
Rational Software Architect Designer, Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for SOA and WebSphere, Rational Software Architect Designer Deployment Planning for DevOps, Rational Software Architect Designer Extension for Integrated Architecture Frameworks 9.5 5725-A30
Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere Software 9.5 5724-I70
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