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Whats wrong with building with RSA

Syed Mahdi
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Joined: Aug 27, 2004
Posts: 45
hi,

I have a conceptual or behavioral question:

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 ?

Thanks in advance.

Syed...
Deepak Rao
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Joined: Jan 24, 2012
Posts: 31

Hi Syed,

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.

Thanks
Deepak
Syed Mahdi
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Joined: Aug 27, 2004
Posts: 45
Thanks Deepak,

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.

Thanks again in advance,
Syed..
Deepak Rao
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Joined: Jan 24, 2012
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Syed Mahdi says

but what if we know that we are never going to move away from a vendor like IBM.


But who knows. Its just better I guess to have open standards as new features and things are built on them..like continuous Integration etc.
Not too sure of any specific Cons of using RSA for build.
 
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