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Sorting of ClearCase Labels displayed in ClearQuest OSLC Links tab (CMI integration)
While testing ClearCase-ClearQuest CMI integration using the ClearQuest "OSLC Links" schema package version 2.1, we discovered this creates a new tab in the ClearQuest form named "Links" and by default displays three columns of data: Label, Link Type and URI in the ClearQuest native Windows client. In the ClearQuest Web client it displays the Label information under the "Tracks Change Set" section.
Unlike the ClearCase cc_change_set tab, we noticed that the information is displayed by Labels in alphabetical order. Our developers need the ability to view by the date/time instead of by label name.
We tried adding "action_timestamp" and "user_name" to the form display using ClearQuest Designer. In our experience, ClearQuest sorts by the first column first, then the second, then third, etc. so we added "action_timestamp" as the first column.
This seems to work fine in the ClearQuest native Windows client. It is able to interpret and display the results sorting based on the first column (date/time) first, then the second column (user), then the third column (label). But the ClearQuest Web client is displaying the OSLC Links data differently. It still displays the labels alphabetically (along with an ability to Add and Remove Related Artifacts). There may be something within the ClearQuest package (OSLC Links) that's telling the Web client to display the information differently to the native Windows client.
We are gradually transitioning our users from the ClearQuest native Windows client to the ClearQuest Web client. As such in ClearQuest Web we would like our check-in labels to be listed in chronological order (oldest on top and newest at bottom). This would be the same as our current ClearCase-ClearQuest integration displayed in the cc_change_set tab. Displaying the date would be a nice addition but it is not imperative for us because we do not currently have this in cc_change_set. The sorting by date is what's most important for us.
We currently have a simple, clear way to see what artifacts were checked in by chronological order (in cc_change_set). If we lose this visibility in the OSLC Links tab, it will become more time consuming for our developers to have to go check this information elsewhere. This in turn could impact productivity of their work.
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