The suites will be released collectively under the label Rational Suite v2002 Release 2. Included are suites for functions such as testing, data modelling, and content development. The company has highlighted Java and Web testing capabilities in its Rational Suite Test Studio and Rational Suite Development Studio.
Featured in Test Studio is ScriptAssure, for building unbreakable test scripts.
Scripts are written in Java. IBM's WebSphere Studio Workbench is being bundled into the test suite to provide developers and technical testers with a compiler, debugger, and the tools needed to write sophisticated test scripts.
Another feature, dynamic data validation, allows non-technical testers to produce resilient test scripts. Version control for test scripts is featured.
Rational has also released its XDE (Extended Development Environment) Modeler, which is not part of a suite, which allows architects and designers to design an architecture as well as create software development patterns.
It has upgraded its XDE Professional product, to provide data modelling capabilities for database applications. Web publishing capabilities are included to enable development teams to publish applications on the Web.
Additionally, Rational has integrated PurifyPlus, its run-time analysis tool, into the Visual Studio.Net shell, enabling Microsoft developers to utilise the Rational shell. New to PurifyPlus is the ability to selectively apply it to specific code, rather than to an entire application.
Rational has added a feature called Passive State Machine Code Generation to its Rational Rose RealTime tool, which also is part of the DevelopmentStudio suite. This allows for code generation from all facets of an application model, instead of just the dynamic aspects.