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Home > Training > Object-Oriented Programming > Mastering Rational Software Architect v6 Training

Mastering Rational Software Architect v6 Training

Course#: WA1446

Rational Software Architect (RSA) v6 is an advanced modeling tool for development and design. It is used to generate and develop code based on a UML model. The goal is to explain in detail what RSA is and how to use the many aspects that are featured with this product. The course will teach how RSA can aid application development from the beginning stages of analysis and design to the generation of artifacts such as code and documentation.



  • Basic purpose of the tool
  • Getting online help -
  • Other sources of information
  • Workspace
  • Perspective, Views and Editors
  • Importing and exporting files
  • Searching
  • Tutorials and samples


What you will learn

  • After completing this course, the student should be able to:
  • Maneuver through RSA
  • Understand and use Model driven software development (MDD)
  • Basic to Advanced modeling
  • Use diagrams to depict their design
  • Publish their models to a web site or in a report
  • Transform models into code
  • Develop Java applications including Web applications
  • Understand how team development works in RSA
  • Understand techniques to extending RSA



This course is intended for anyone involved in the production, deployment and maintenance of software. Particularly Designers, Developers and Architects 


Understand Object-Oriented principles. Some knowledge of Java and J2EE. 


Three Days

Outline of WA1446 Mastering Rational Software Architect v6 Training

1. Introduction to RSA


  • Basic purpose of the tool
  • Getting online help -
  • Other sources of information
  • Workspace
  • Perspective, Views and Editors
  • Importing and exporting files
  • Searching
  • Tutorials and samples


2. Model driven software development (MDD)


  • What is model driven development?
    • Models as blueprints
    • Automation from a well defined model
    • Use of patterns
  • Artifacts derived from a model
    • Code - Documentation
    • Test artifacts
    • Build and deployment scripts
  • Benefits of MDD
  • Detail concepts
    • Abstraction
    • Precise modeling
    • Automation
    • Architectural style
    • Role of UML
    • Patterns
    • Quality and consistency
    • Platform independence
    • Layered modeling
  • How RSA supports MDD
    • Basics
    • UML 2.0 Editor
    • UML profile support
    • RSA Patterns
    • RSA Transformations
  • Software lifecycle in MDD


3. Basic Modeling in RSA


  • What is a model in RSA?
  • Relationship between model project, model, model element and diagrams
  • Creating new Modeling Projects
  • Adding a new model to a project
  • Basic operations
    • Saving models
    • Importing and exporting models
    • Move, delete and rename models
  • Opening external model files
  • Adding model elements to a model
    • Structural model elements
      • Such as actors, classes, components, and nodes
    • Behavioral model elements
      • Activities, decisions, messages, objects, and states. -
    • Organizational model elements
    • Annotational model elements
  • Relationship basics


4. Using Diagrams


  • What is a diagram?
  • Relationship between a diagram and a model
  • Types of diagrams available
  • Detail description of each diagram type
    • Activity - Browse - Class
    • Communication
    • Component
    • Composite structure
    • Deployment
    • Freeform
    • Interaction overview
    • Object
    • Package
    • Sequence
    • State machine
    • Timing
    • Topic
    • Use case
  • Creating a diagram for a model
  • Creating a diagram for a model element
  • Basic operations
    • Opening
    • Saving
    • Export as image
    • Printing. Page breaks.
    • Viewing all or part of the diagram
  • Linking diagrams
    • Why link diagrams?
    • Adding link for a diagram in another
    • Linking from a note
  • Adding elements to a diagram
  • Connecting elements.


5. Relationship details


  • How is relationship used in a model?
  • Types of relationships. Describe in details and show
  • How to model them in RSA.
    • Abstraction
    • Aggregation
    • Binding - Composition
    • Dependency
    • Directed association
    • Implementation
    • Realization
    • Usage
    • Include
    • Extend
    • Extension point
  • Exploring relationship
    • Topic diagram
    • Browse diagram
  • Analyzing relationship using tracability


6. Advanced modeling


  • Types of model you should create
    • Use case
    • Analysis
    • Design
  • Capturing application requirements in a use case model
  • Capturing application domain in an analysis model
  • Capturing application architecture in a design model
  • Using stereotypes and constraints
  • Examining inheritence hierarchy
  • Validating and repairing models
  • Searching in a model
  • Customizing modeling preferences


7. Publishing models


  • Introduction
  • Publish to a web site
  • Model report
  • Viewing and printing reports
  • Customize report data selection


8. Transform Model to Code


  • Motivation behind code generation
  • Basic capabilities of RSA
  • Creating and modifying transformation configuration.
  • Generating Java classes from a model
  • Generating C++ classes from a model


9. Developing Applications based on a Model


  • How to build a complex modern application based on a model.
  • Cover the basic methodology for Java, Web and EJB
  • Discovering patterns in code
  • Developing a Java application.
  • Developing a Web based application.
  • Developing an EJB based application.
  • Basics of software development, debugging and testing in RSA


10. Developing Resuable Artifacts


  • Introduction and motivation
  • Creating patterns
  • Testing patterns
  • Publishing patterns
  • RAS Assets
  • Managing RAS assets
  • Documenting RAS assets
  • Importing and exporting RAS assets


11. Team Development


  • Challenges of developing a model by a team
  • Partitioning a model
  • Comparing versions of a model
  • Conflicts and merging conflicts
We regularly offer classes in these and other cities. Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Montreal, New York City, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC.
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