Currently our whole company uses RSA and WebSphere for all projects. Before our new manager came, everybody was building ear files from within RSA ( from right click project> export > as Ear).
it was working and being deployed in production even and all was good. Now our new Manager came and said this is all wrong n we shudnt be relying on RSA. He is quite smart technically and his knowledge is excellent. He said he wants to do it through ant or maven and out of RSA, i have seen that due to RSAism in our company our apps are tied with RSA in some ways and they cant be actually be compiled properly outside but my question is this:
what is wrong with building ear files through RSA. It would let me actually work out through this more efficiently if i know what is that I am trying to solve here. cos the counter argument is : Its working why change ?
It is just so that you dont get tied to a particular vendor,like IBM. Now for instance you move away from websphere to jboss or weblogic , then you might have to move away from rational as it is more affliated to IBM websphere. Using Maven or Ant is a basic standard and vendor/server independent.
Joined: Aug 27, 2004
This does seem right, but what if we know that we are never going to move away from a vendor like IBM. then what are the cons of doing and building with RSA.