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This plugin allows Jenkins to invoke IBM Rational Application Developer as a build step.

titleTutorial regarding the use of this plugin

For a complete tutorial describing how to use this plugin, refer to the Enhance continuous integration using Rational Application Developer and the Hudson build server article on developerWorks.

titleIntroduction to Rational build utility

The nice guide to the Rational Build Utility details, on developerWorks, how to use the headless feature of Rational Application Developer.

About this plugin

This plugin is aimed at using the headless capabilities of IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) 7.0/7.5, which is Ant-based, to build J2EE applications designed with RAD.

This plugin currently supports:

  • RAD 7.0 (version 1.x successfully tested with RAD and RAD – should work with other 7.0.0.x versions)
  • RAD 7.5 (version 1.x successfully tested with RAD 7.5.3, 7.5.4, 7.5.5,, and – should work with other 7.5.x versions)
  • RAD build utility (BU) 7.5 (version 1.x successfully tested with BU 7.5.3, 7.5.4, 7.5.5,, and – should work with other 7.5.x versions)
  • RAD build utility (BU) 8.0 (version 1.1.4 successfully tested with BU 8.0.2 – should work with other 8.0.x version)

BU is the fully headless version of RAD.

User guide

This plugin works as the built-in Ant builder:

  1. The first thing to do is to define RAD/BU installations in Hudson's configuration panel:
  2. Once done, corresponding build steps can be added to the project:
titleAbout the WORKSPACE environment variable

RAD uses an environment variable called workspace to define the RAD workspace to use. It means that there's a "competition" (no matter the case) between this variable and the one defined by Hudson (which refers to the project's workspace). As a consequence, don't use the WORKSPACE variable within this build step as it doesn't refer to what's expected.

Additional documentation

Version history

Version 2.0 (source code not yet opened)

  • Support of WebSphere Message Broker Toolkit

Version 1.1.4 (03/04/2011)

  • Fixed a bug which was preventing to display RAD installations actually used by build steps (the first item in the installations list was always selected)

Version 1.1.3 (02/20/2011)

  • Implemented JENKINS-8652: Build logs are now annotated so that the logs for Ant targets can be accessed faster
  • Fixed JENKINS-8545: RAD Builder refused to work if the RAD installation path on a slave node was different than the path on the master node

Version 1.1.2 (03/27/2010)

  • Improved handling of the WORKSPACE/workspace environment variable: Now, the plugin sets RAD's workspace using workspace (lower case letters) whether it is running on Windows or Linux

Version 1.1.1 (01/24/2010)

  • Bug fix: The "Create PROJECT_WORKSPACE variable" option now works fine (previously, this new variable was created at the end of the build step rather than at the beginning)

Version 1.1 (12/04/2009)

  • The "Delete RAD workspace" option is now checked by default
  • Bug fix for the WORKSPACE environment variable on Windows: RAD/BU expects it to be an absolute path, not a relative one
  • Experimental (not yet tested): New "Create PROJECT_WORKSPACE variable" option to provide a replacement for the WORKSPACE environment variable

Version 1.0.1 (10/12/2009)

  • Bug fix for the WORKSPACE/workspace environment variable on Linux
  • Switch to the right groupId (org.jvnet.hudson.plugins rather than hudson.plugins)

Version 1.0 (10/11/2009)


If you use version a RAD or a BU installation on Linux, you need to edit, respectively, bin/ or eclipse/bin/ to change the workspace environment variable to WORSKPACE. Otherwise, RAD/BU may fail complaining that no valid workspace has been found (depending on the permissions of the user used to run RAD/BU). This has been fixed in 1.0.1.

  • Initial release