HIGHLIGHTS The purpose of this application is to The external application works with
ease the process of programming Visio 2003 and StarUML diagrams.
Supports UML 2.1 and ClearQuest Designer's state transi- For Visio 2003, the following XML
up (all current ver- tions matrix for change requests. formats are supported:
sions). UML2ClearQuest can export UML
state charts to ClearQuest Designer, * XML Drawing (*.vdx).
Analyze state chart syn- * XML Stencil (*.vsx).
tax for ClearQuest state which makes for a simple visual de-
machine compatibility. sign process. This module enables * XML Template (*.vtx).
for automatic state chart transforma-
UML diagrams can be tions to ClearQuest Designer’s state For StarUML the following format is
transferred to new enti- transition matrix for a certain entity supported:
ties in a ClearQuest
schema, or existing enti- (change request) and is distributed
ties can be modi ied as an external application, which * StarUML Project File (*.uml).
based on the UML. takes UML diagrams (in Visio &
StarUML format), and converts them In all 3 cases (Visio, StarUML and
A ClearQuest-style pre- to ClearQuest’s state machine. RSA), only "UML Activity" elements
view of the transition are used to describe a change re-
matrix is available for
checking the end-re- When exporting, UML diagrams are quest's lifecycle.
sults. checked for compliancy with Clear-
Quest: since it's state transition ma-
Code style independ- trix places several constraints on it's
states and transitions, not all UML di-
Documenting the prop- agrams are valid. The export
erties of the IBM Ra- process is configurable; you can, for
tional ClearQuest example, choose to create a
Designer schemes. new entity in the database, or
Documenting the com- change an existing one to
ments to the scheme. match your UML diagram. If the
export process was successful,
Easy to install. your schema will increase it's
version by one, and the entity
Easy to use.
will have been successfully
added to your schema.
The main capabilities of Why UML2ClearQuest:
The purpose of this ap- UML2ClearQues:
plication is to ease the
* UML2ClearQuest helps to tune
process of programming
ClearQuest Designer's UML2ClearQuest supports the fol- ClearQuest scheme in very short
state transitions matrix lowing capabilities: terms basing on our UML diagrams
for change requests. which are describing the whole
UML2ClearQuest can ex- * Transferring UML states from process of CM
port UML state charts to
MS Visio or StarUML. Design busi- * UML2ClearQuest allows easy
which makes for a sim- ness processes with the comfort of converting the transition matrix of
ple visual design process. IBM Rational Software Architect, MS ClearQuest Designer into the UML
UML Export is supported Visio and StarUML and easily import State chart diagrams.
from StarUML or MS the results to IBM Rational Clear- * The quickness and efficiency of
Quest to a new or existing record UML2ClearQuest make it the irre-
type. placeable tool for the analysis of the
* Visualizing the import data. Be- complex and undocumented
fore importing, UML2ClearQuest processes. The time spent for UML
shows the state diagram and checks diagrams' optimization is significantly
it for compliancy with the IBM Ra- less than the time needed for the
tional ClearQuest state machine. analysis of the ClearQuest Designer
* Exporting state machines for transition matrix.
record types from IBM Rational * UML2ClearQuest helps to appre-
ClearQuest. Allows for exporting IBM ciably reduce TOC of CM process in
Rational ClearQuest state machines company by reducing the require-
to UML diagrams MS Visio and ments for CM manager qualification
StarUMLformat for modifying and and for CM administrator as well.
viewing. A modified diagram can Also by radical reducing of the labor
then be imported to the existing coefficient during ClearQuest De-
record type from which it was ex- signer's schemes debugging.
ported. * UML2ClearQuest enclose an in-
ternal UML syntax parser that allows
rapidly and efficiently receiving re-
quired ClearQuest Designer scheme
which is bug free.
Documentation features Documenting the comments to the
* The function of documenting the
properties of the IBM Rational Clear- Usually the biggest challenge with the
Quest Designer schemes: scheme development is the document-
o The documenting proceeds with the ing the help item for every field of entity.
template formed in advance that could In UML2ClearQuest 3.0 it’s possible
be the part of the Configuration Man- after scheme documenting to type into
agement Plan or Change Management the field table the help item for every
Plan. field and then, to import the resulted
o The documenting is being done in table by the special way. Meanwhile
XML.format. Our solution supports all UML2ClearQuest creates the new ver-
text editors for XML display including sion of the scheme and puts there all the
MS Word, Open Office etc. comments.. Thus it’s possible to read
o To be documented: comments in the scheme, update them
+ General list of the scheme proper- and record again unlimited amount of
ties (statistic data), including the ER dia- times:
gram; * The mode “Get scheme’s properties”
+ The structure of the scheme’s en- is supported
tities (change requests) divided on o Add comments;
StatelessNo Stateless; o Update scheme basing on the docu-
+ For every entity the fields structure ment.
is defined (including initial and listed val- * Unlimited recurrence is supported as
ues, and comments for every field as well.
well), statement diagram, ER diagram
(all dependencies – showing the Par-
entChild hierarchy), state transition ma-
trix, list of all activities, and also the
fields behavior description.
o It is able to define the depth of the
scheme documenting basing on the pre-
determined templates (Brief , Full or
o The templates are available in
Russian and English;
o Visualization template can be cus-
tomized by the user himself: every con-
trol pattern can be changed including
the language of visualization.
Rationale Solution type:
In ClearQuest, a change request’s This module is realized in the form of
lifecycle is described via state ma- Win32 application, designed in .NET
chines, which is defined by the state 2.0 environment.
transition matrix. Programming these
matrices is an administrative task, Requirements:
which is based on some specifica-
tion (contained in a “Configuration * ClearQuest Designer.
management plan” document). The * Administrative rights.
specification is written by an analyst, * UML files MS Visio/StarUML format.
usually using two types of charts that
describe a process – State-charts
and Activity-charts. These charts are Delivery type:
handed over to the administrator,
who plots them to ClearQuest. This Multiplatform package.
approach has several obvious defi-
* There’s an excessive link in the Compatible with ClearQuest
chain: the administrator. 2003.06.00 and upper.
* Errors can frequently occur
when transferring the diagrams. Multilanguage support: Yes (MUI)
* Correcting the diagram entails *English, Russian
manual reprogramming of the Clear-
Quest state transition matrix.