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Does R&D Reporter support Composite Baselines?
Yes it does. You can filter out (in input frame) the displayed components so its list contains only composite baselines (rootless) components. R&D Reporter supports comparison of composite baselines in many options, including comparing a composite baseline with a stream and a (composite) baseline with another baselines. Also, take into consideration that if you use this feature, you can set your report so it displays differences in terms of member baselines ("sub-components"), followed by activities in the member baseline.

We are using "ClearCase ClearQuest UCM enabled" approach. Does R&D Reporter support it?
Yes it does. Since R&D Reporter displays activity names, you will see the activity names with the ClearQuest convention: For example: prod00007792 "fixing credit sub-system bug". Also, if you integrate ClearCase with another bug-tracking system by using the activities as an integration point or a shared resource, it might be useful for you as well.

What are the differences between R&D Reporter and the Report Builder?
The report builder is a useful tool, however R&D Reporter provides added values:

  • Automated process
  • Predefined comparison rules to avoid rework and repetition tasks
  • Optional formats: Rich report on screen, HTML, Excel
  • Sending results into email
  • Integrated with UNIX and Linux (interoperability)
  • Easier usage
  • Fully-detailed information: what was changed, when, why, where, how and more
  • Custom your reports � add your own header and footer
  • Charts: Gantt, pie and area charts

We are running ClearCase environments on UNIX or Linux platform. Does R&D Reporter support it?
Yes it does. R&D Reporter supports UNIX and Linux platforms if you share them with Windows clients (interoperability / cross-platform).
Soon we may enhance R&D Reporter to support "pure" UNIX and Liunx environments as well. Please contact us if you find it useful and want to be updated about it.

During my on-going work I make baselines on both streams: integration and development stream. Can I compare them both?
Yes you can. R&D Reporter enables you to compare a baseline with another baseline from other stream. After you select a component, R&D Reporter automatically displays all its baselines � from all streams. Furthermore - if you have a component which its baselines are made on more than one stream or more than one UCM project, you can compare them all.
TIP: If you make baselines on a component from more than one stream, it is better to contain the stream name as part of the baseline name. This way helps you to find the baselines by the stream name.

I'm making incremental baselines. Does R&D Reporter support it?
Yes it does. It is fully supported. You can compare full baselines with incremental baselines.

What report formats does R&D Reporter support?
R&D Reporter enables you to display your reports in 4 formats:
1. Display it to screen. Further more, you can copy & paste the data, search for a string in the data and open "Version Tree" browser from within the report (if you select it to contain the activity change-sets).
2. Send it by Email. R&D Reporter enables you to send your reports by email, including "cc" feature.
3. Save it to a text file. You can choose whether to overwrite or append the file if it is already exist.
4. Save it to an Excel (csv format) file. You can choose whether to overwrite or append the file if it is already exist.

What is a "Comparison Rule"?
A rule is an 'upgraded' comparison: R&D Reporter enables you to predefine criterias of what to compare with, how to display its report and where to deliver it to. You can save your rules (as many rules as you need) and run them any time, manually or automatically ("Automatic Rule").

What is an "Automatic Comparison Rule"?
R&D Reporter enables you to save rules (see the previous answer about that). After you save a rule, you can scheudle it to run automatically, by scheduling its running time (hourly, daily, weekly and so forth) or run it by a trigger. Since R&D Reporter has a command-line interface, you can run your rules as many times as you need and whenever you need. For instance: after a build is ready (in order to compare the build content with another stream or baseline) and when a new recommended is being made (in order to compare it with another stream or baseline).

What is a "Dynamic Comparison Rule"?
Rational ClearCase enables you the features of streams and recommended baselines, which are changing over time, what makes them change dynamically. R&D Reporter supports these features and enables you to use them for your reports and rules.
For instance, you can set a rule that compares a recommended baseline of any stream with another (static) baseline or another stream. over time, you will see that the report results are being changed while the rule settings have not changed!

How to run Automatic Rule?
1. Save a report as a rule.
2. Open a command-line window (Start -> Run -> cmd) and run the following: R&D Reporter.exe -exec -rule=rulename[,rulename]...

For example: Assuming your rule is named "Compare_Bank_Int_Stream_With_Credit_SubSystem_Stream", do the following:
"C:\Program Files\ALMtoolbox\CompBL\CompBL.exe" -exec -rule=Compare_Bank_Int_Stream_With_Credit_SubSystem_Stream

TIP: You should test a rule before running it on automatic mode. Use the "Test Rule" button.
TIP: You can run more than a rule in a row.

Does R&D Reporter work if I have more than one component in my UCM project?
Yes it does. R&D Reporter supports any number of components in your project. Further more, it supports composite baselines components and components which are accessible from more than one project.

We are not using composite baselines but we do have more than one component in our project. How can we do a comparison that includes all components?
R&D Reporter enables you several options for your needs:
1. Compare stream with a stream. This comparison takes all stream components.
2. Set a rule that compares a baseline for each of your component.

I'm comparing two streams and wish to see the change-sets as well. Which view should I select? A view attached to first or second stream?
The answer is that you have to select a view that attached to one of the streams - and the result will be the same if you choose a view from the second stream - same files and same versions (except of the view path).
Further more, if you mark the "Exclude view path" checkbox, what means that you remove the view path prefix, it should be absolutely the same result either you choose a view of the first stream or the second stream. Make sure your view is synchronized with stream and project!

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R&D Reporter helps us improve collaboration within the R&D team and increase traceability of individual efforts. We use R&D Reporter to generate real time status reports on our different projects at a fine grained level of deliverable items, including bug fixes and new features recorded in our ClearCase activities

Ziv Lachish, Software Quality Manager, HP Indigo

I found R&D Reporter to be a very useful utility with an easy-to-use interface!

Ed Sachs, Senior Software Configuration Manager, Allscripts

I'm continuosly impressed by the ability of ALMtoolbox to fill a gap between the core functioanlity provided by ClearCase and the needs of our customers.

Howard Bernstein, Product Manager - ClearCase and ClearQuest, IBM Rational

R&D Reporter helps us show the exact changes made between revisions and to comply with DO-178 regulation.

Philippe Wolkowicz, Software Engineer at Lahav IAI

This is great work and very useful. It did exactly what I wanted it to do. Great job!

Sami Khan, Software Configuration Analyst, GMAC.

I found it very useful. It answers a real need partially fulfilled by ClearCase with the command cleardiffbl. It helps me to make a VDD (version description document). The UI is well designed, user friendly and simple.

Pierre-Luc Bouchard, CM Administrator, Canada.

A smart tool for saving time of the configuration management team by supplying team leaders and developers a planned and tested method to manage their own ClearCase streams and baselines.

Dvir Ekstein, Senior Configuration Management Expert, FIS Software.