Faster Application Change and Reuse with WebSphere Studio Asset Analyzer

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 12 February 2008

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IBM Form #: REDP-4225-00
(80 pages)

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Authors: , Daniel Moul, Paul Hensler


This IBM® Redpaper is written for analysts, developers, architects, and technical managers with the goal of introducing ideas about mainframe application change and reuse using WebSphere® Studio Asset Analyzer and related tools from IBM.

This paper focuses on mainframe applications for the following reasons:
-- There are a lot of these types of applications.
-- It can be very challenging to understand these applications well enough to take action to change or reuse them.
-- There has been less focus on the how of mainframe application reuse than, for example, the reuse of Java™ objects and applications.

For these reasons, even though WebSphere Studio Asset Analyzer does support Java application analysis, you find only occasional references to it in this paper.

In the spirit of "a picture is worth a thousand words" and because some people learn best through illustrations, some chapters in this book include a large number of figures to illustrate concepts and features. This is not an apology. If this is not your favorite learning style, feel free to skim to the next section.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The promise and challenges of reuse
Chapter 2. Using WebSphere Studio Asset Analyzer to cut through the complexity of application changes
Chapter 3. Approaches to discovering code for reuse
Chapter 4. Accelerate test case generation with WebSphere Studio Asset Analyzer
Chapter 5. Additional value through extension and integration with other tools and metadata repositories
Appendix A. Deployment options for WebSphere Studio Asset Analyzer

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