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ClearWeb Summary

ClearWeb is still the only ClearCase Web solution that allows web users access to interactive triggers/dialogs and writes to stdout and stderror. ClearWeb in the only product that allows control over what VOBs or directories are seen by your web users and when they can see them. ClearWeb even allows the display of Graphical ClearCase Vtree Browsers over the web.

ClearWeb Details

The Native ClearCase Web interface provides no per/user security so all VOBs that are within the default region of the ClearCase Web Server are accessible for all users. This means that in order to provide different VOB access for different users, multiple ClearCase Web Servers must be purchased.

ClearWeb allows for a user/VOB visibility matrix to be created so the ClearWeb Administrator can limit the VOBs that their users have access to from the web (this also extends to directories within the VOBs). VOB or directories are hidden from users that don't have permission to view them. With ClearWeb, a single ClearCase Web Server can securely serve many user/user groups with different VOB/directory access rights so there are less web servers to buy.

ClearWeb also allows for the creation of a user/time accessibility matrix so that you can also configure when a user is allowed to access the web interface. Now you can limit user access to the times when the support organization is available to support them or prohibit them from accessing during scheduled backups or server maintenance times. Set Allowed Access times for a user or any group of users.

ClearCase itself does not support interactive triggers for ClearCase web-users. ClearCase defines interactive triggers as any that provide GUI notification (i.e. use clearprompt) or write to stdout or stderr. Given that definition, many user written triggers and many ClearTrigger features are interactive. ClearWeb seamlessly integrates with the ClearCase Web interface so that ClearCase web users see writes to stdout or stderr and have access to interactive dialogs just like ClearCase non-web users do. Furthermore, the web user has the same "wait-for-reply" abilities that local users have for dialogs.

The Native ClearCase Web interface only supports a limited set of cleartool commands (checkout, checkin, uncheckout, update) ClearWeb extends this by allowing for over 120 more cleartool commands and an unlimited number of non-ClearCase commands. ClearWeb also adds functionality and flexibility to the native ClearCase Web interface while improving communication between geographically disjoint developers.

ClearWeb adds these capabilities:

Interactive Dialog Support Web-Enabled ClearCase Vtree Browsers Administrator Alerts
Supplemental Command Support Virtual Help Application (Virtual Amy) The ClearWeb Network
Peer-to-Peer ClearWeb Mail Time Security (User/Time Accessibility Matrix) STDOUT/STDERR Support
Client End-user-customizations ClearCase/ClearQuest integration support Code Search Capability
VOB Security (User/Vob/Directory Visibility Matrix)
Simultaneous support of ClearCase Web Clients and ClearCase Remote Clients
Extended ClearWeb Administration/Configuration Support (locally and remotely)


Use ClearWeb to help your organization save money by:

reducing ClearCase Multisite license costs...
making better use of the ClearCase licenses already purchased...
allow distributed users to use your local Defect Tracking Database through your local defect tracking integration...
reducing cost through better developer communication...


To compliment existing features like:

Web-Enabled ClearCase Vtree Browsers (New in 7.0)

ClearWeb facilitates the creation and use of Web-enabled Vtree Browsers that are similar form and function to the ClearCase Vtree Browser available locally in the native ClearCase client. To open the Vtree Browser Application on the ClearWeb enhanced ClearCase Web interface users may select the Vtree Application Tab displayed on ClearCase Web Browse pages that are associated with directory locations within VOBs.



The user may display many Vtree dialogs as they are independent of each other. Users will also find that the speed of display for ClearWeb Vtree rivals that of the local ClearCase Native Vtrees. So user will notice that the display does not suffer from the display performance setbacks or display number limitations of the Vtree Display in the CCRC (ClearCase Remote Client) all of this why more actual ClearCase metadata is displayed. You can even directly apply/move and remove labels to and from ClearCase element version. All of this without haveing to install any software on the end user client.

Select the Vtree Console image below to see an actual "live" Vtree Console you can play with to see what it feels like to have this functionality in the ClearCase Web interface...



Code Search Capability (New in 7.0)

ClearWeb facilitates the reuse of already developed and tested code from trusted sources to save the ClearWeb developer time and effort. ClearWeb is integrated with an Open Source Code Search Utility so your users can take advantage of the source code search technology. To open the Code Search Application on the ClearWeb enhanced ClearCase Web interface users may select the Code Search Application Tab displayed on ClearCase Web Browse pages.



Users can search for Open Source Code that already satisfies their program requirements by search term/phrase, project, language or license type. All to help:
  • Lower software development time
  • Improve Software quality
  • Increase developer productivity
  • Increase best practice use

All of this without having to install any software on the end user client.

Select the Code Search Applicaion image below to see and perform serached with the , play with to see what it feels like to have this functionality in the ClearCase Web interface...



Simultaneous support of ClearCase Web Clients and ClearCase Remote Clients

In previous releases you could not get interactive triggers to work for both ClearCase Web Clients and ClearCase Remote Clients simultaneously (as they interfered with each other). ClearCase itself does not distinguish between the two. ClearWeb 6.1 now fully supports both ClearCase Web Clients and ClearCase Remote Clients, even both at the same time from a single server instance.

User/Vob/Directory Visibility Matrix

ClearWeb also allows for the creation of a User/Vob/Directory Visibility Matrix so that the ClearWeb Administrator can prevent web users from viewing or navigating to select VOBs or Directories. Only the VOBs or directories allowed by the administrator is accessible to the web user. The allowed VOBs are listed in the Allowed VOBs List and any VOB directories are placed in the Allowed Directory Shortcut List. Users can select from these list to navigate directly to a VOB or directory.

If the web user attempts to navigate a non-existent or prohibited location they are shown a dialog similar to the one below:



The Allowed VOB List displays any VOB that you are fully allowed to navigate into if any. The list is not displayed if there is not at least one VOB to list. Selecting a VOB from the list will navigate you directly to the top of that VOB.

The Allowed Directory Shortcut List displays any directory within a VOB that you are allowed to navigate into if any. The list is not displayed if there is not at least one directory to list. Selecting a VOB from the list will navigate you directly to that directory in that VOB.

User Time/Accessibility Matrix

ClearWeb also allows for the creation of a user/time accessibility matrix so that you can also configure when a user is allowed to access the web interface. Now you can limit user access to the times when the support organization is available to support them or prohibit them from accessing during scheduled backups or server maintenance times. Set Allowed Access times for a user or any group of users.

If the web user attempts to navigate at a time prohibited by the ClearWeb Administrator for that user then they are shown a dialog similar to the one to the right.

The user can display the times that the administrator has allowed them to navigate by selecting the icon on the ClearWeb Toolbars to see the Allowed Times Dialog depicted below:


Supplemental Command Support

Now you can make new label types and apply those labels along with hundreds of other options. Over 90% of the cleartool subcommands are supported. Now the Web interface is almost like working at the office. All of the cleartool sub commands in this list are supported.

Non-ClearCase commands are supported as well. System commands or home-grown scripts like those in this list can also be executed from the ClearCase Web interface.
The administrator can even designate who can perform what commands or cleartool sub-commands; the adminstrator can designate which commands allow arguments or limit the arguments. Stdout and stderr are automatically redirected to the web interface and you can place interactive dialogs in your scripts.



Administrator Alerts

The administrator can leave highly visible ClearCase relevant messages for their web users on the other side of the world, even if they don't know their names or email addresses. All web users can read them when they use ClearCase Web.
The messages can have embedded html so they can invoke email or redirect to other pages. The administrator can define:
  • Virtual Business Cards
  • MOTD (Message-of-the-Day)
  • WOTD (Warning-of-the-Day)

That are visible in the tool-bar at the bottom of the ClearCase Web interface like below:


Peer-to-Peer ClearWeb Mail

ClearWeb facilitates communication between geographically disjoint development groups by providing a common communications platform between these groups (the ClearCase Web Interface). ClearWeb users can communicate with their ClearWeb peers (within the company) to ask or answer questions (ClearWeb related or not) right from the ClearCase Web interface. The user received the answer where they will most likely need it most (when they are using ClearCase Web).



ClearCase/ClearQuest Integration over the Web

In the past you had to turn off the ClearCase/ClearQuest integration for ClearCase web users or look for an expensive (in money or time) solution. Now your ClearCase Web users have access to the same ClearCase/ClearQuest integration as your local ClearCase users. No more back doors to policy through the web, no more having to have two policy models. Users now see the same dialogs and access the same local ClearQuest DB so you don't have to keep/synchronize multiple defect databases.



Interactive Dialog Support

Dialogs that were only available for local native ClearCase users are now also available for ClearCase web users. The button selected or the user data selected/input is also available to the trigger just as with local ClearCase access. Several examples are shown with the dialog displayed to the local user on the left while the web-user dialogs is displayed on the right.

Local Question Dialog...Web Question Dialog...
Local Prompt Dialog...Web Prompt Dialog...
Local Single-Selection Dialog...Web Single-Selection Dialog...
Local Multi-Selection Dialog...Web Multi-Selection Dialog...
Additionally, modeless dialogs are also implemented and do not stop and wait for processing. Where a local user would see...



... a web-user would see...



STDOUT/STDERR Support

Finally, stdout and stderr writes are also redirected to the web-client and are displayed on the ClearCase web interface like below:



End-User Custom Buttons

You can place icons on the ClearWeb desktop that open other web pages or applications for your web developers. ClearWeb provides a pool of icon images that can be used, but you may create and use your own. The ClearWeb administrator can add up to 2 custom buttons to the ClearWeb Menu bars and can have those icons link to or open any web location or web-enabled application.



The ClearWeb Network

Users can connect to the ClearWeb Network at any time by selecting the tab within the ClearWeb interface. This links you to the ClearWeb network where users can join forums, exchange information, receive support on ClearWeb or other ABS products, sign up for product patch/upgrade notification, share your ideas, take advantage of the ideas of others or request a company-specific forum that can only be accessed by your company personnel. Consider the network your first resource for ClearWeb support. Registration is easy and free.



Virtual Help Application

Users can receive help from "Virtual Amy" at any time by selecting the icon within ClearWeb Toolbars.



Users can get help on ClearWeb by navigating active links or images or even type a question and then select the "Ask Amy" button to ask questions that Amy will try to answer.

Amy will take the user to the best help page for the answer, speak on the answer or both. If Amy cannot answer the question, she will give the user the option to send it to ABS support, where they will answer it and also teach Sara how to answer that question in the future. Amy is updated with new ClearWeb questions/answers daily as needed.

User Configurable Dialog Defaults

Users can set the default size of certain dialog types to their own preference from this dialog or directly from most dialogs that display at runtime....



ClearWeb Administration Console

The ClearWeb Administrator use the ClearWeb Administration Console GUI to make changes to the ClearWeb Configuration File... This not only makes local administration easier, but also allows for "remote" administration.

You can select a toolbar Icon below to see a screen shapshot of that feature in the ClearWeb Administration Console...

Add/Delete/Edit System Welcome Message Add/Delete/Edit System Critical Instant Alert Add/Delete/Edit ClearWeb Administrator Virtual Business Card Add/Delete/Edit System Message-of-the-Day Add/Delete/Edit System Warning-of-the-Day Add/Delete/Edit System Custom Link Definition #1 Add/Delete/Edit System Custom Link Definition #2 Add/Edit/Delete ClearWeb Users Add/Edit/Delete Allowed VOB/Directory Navigation for Users View/Delete ClearWeb Community Users View Currently ClearWeb User Statistics View CURRENT ClearWeb User Configuration File Clear all Dialog and Custom Appliation data from the ClearWeb Configuration File Clear all USER data from the ClearWeb Configuration File Clear ALL data from the ClearWeb Configuration File MAKE a backup of the Current ClearWeb Configuration File VIEW the backup of the ClearWeb Configuration File RESTORE from backup the ClearWeb Configuration File View Currently set ClearWeb Environmental Variables defined in the ClearCase Web Instance




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All documentation, tutorials, and tools for ClearWeb are located here.

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