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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 20, 2014

Change CreateWSRuntime to accept an SDK ID instead of a Java version

The CreateWSRuntime task supports an attribute, "javaVersion", which can contain either the value "6.0" or "7.0" for WAS 8.5.

However, recently, IBM released JDK 1.7.1. There is no way, using CreateWSRuntime, to add a WAs 8.5 runtime that uses JDK 1.7.1.

This exposed a design flaw in CreateWSRuntime. In my mind, the approach of specifying a "javaVersion" doesn't "scale" well for forward compatibility. It would be much better if, instead of specifying a java version, the developer could specify the WAS SDK ID ("1.7", "1.6", "1.7_64" etc), when the SDK ID is one of the values currently listed as part as the "managesdk -listAvailable" command.

Alternatively, in order to not break existing clients, you could add an attribute called "sdkId" that the user can use in lieu of "javaVersion".

That would ensure that the CreateWSRuntime task supports any SDK in the future. No need to edit CreateWSRuntime every time IBM adds a new JDK.

Idea priority High
RFE ID 59449
RFE URL
RFE Product Rational Application Developer
  • Guest
    Sep 24, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - Application Platform
    Product - Application Developer

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Rational
    Product family - Design & development
    Product - Application Developer

  • Guest
    Jan 15, 2015

    For what it's worth, Java 7.1 support does existing with the CreateWSRuntime Ant task included in Rational Application Developer / Rational Build Utility 9.1.

  • Guest
    Jan 13, 2015

    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.

  • Guest
    Oct 20, 2014

    A preliminary evaluation of this request indicates that it is consistent with our business strategy. Further evaluation of this RFE is underway.