Director of Business Development Jaclyn Barnard lists three things that everyone in the Roundtable community should know about the latest release.
1. Roundtable TSMS 11.5 offers the option for private, parallel development.
In case you missed the buzz, this means that end users upgrading to the latest release can now experience, as Roundtable Product Architect Jeff Ledbetter put it, “the best of both worlds.”
With the new Lab feature, developers can modify Workspace objects without first checking them out. This allows developers to code and test changes in their own private area for an extended period of time without fear of locking the Object or negatively impacting the baseline.
In this scenario, the Lab feature offers an alternative to the traditional pessimistic-locking model that Roundtable TSMS has employed for many years. At the same time (and thankfully so) the management capabilities for which Roundtable TSMS is well known are still very much in place, providing greater productivity and Sarbanes Oxley-compliant control over the entire software development lifecycle. This is why we had called it “the best of both worlds. Developers get added flexibility of parallel development without manager’s having to sacrifice controls that drive productivity, deliver product quality, and ensure SOX compliance.
- Read more about the Roundtable TSMS 11.5 in our latest press release.
- See how the basic concept of the Lab works in this introduction video.
- See how to identify changes to the baseline and merge them into your Lab copy in this how-to video.
2. Roundtable TSMS 11.5 is PAS certified.
If you have had extended discussions with your Progress representative and have determined that a transition to the Progress® Pacific™ Application Server (PAS) is right for your group, you will be pleased (but hopefully not surprised) to learn that the latest Roundtable TSMS release includes support for this application server. Enabling customers to take advantage of PAS is in keeping with our commitment to ensuring that Roundtable TSMS supports all of what the OpenEdge platform has to offer.
3. It’s very likely that you already have the means to upgrade to Roundtable TSMS 11.5 today.
Are you using OE 10.2B, but wish you could upgrade to the latest Roundtable TSMS release? Consider your wish granted. Pay close attention. This could be the best piece of information that you get from this post.
For a several years now, Roundtable TSMS releases have been backwards compatible with previous versions of OpenEdge. One cannot simply take a newer version of Roundtable TSMS and apply it an older version of OpenEdge in one broad (and very trusting) stroke. Some rules apply. See the compatibility matrix for details. Without having to view the compatibility matrix, I can tell you one thing right now that applies to MOST of our end users: You are not using the latest version of Roundtable TSMS that is applicable to you.
In summary … if you are on OpenEdge 10.2B or higher (GUI or plug-in), then you qualify for (and should be using) Roundtable TSMS 11.5. Roundtable TSMS 11.5 rolls up all of the patches, all of the performance improvements, and all of the new features released since your last downloaded version (including all of the items mentioned above) into one elegant package. If you are on OpenEdge 10.2B or higher, consider what all has changed in the last year, the year before, and in all of the years since 2010 and get the latest copy and enjoy the benefits today.
Roundtable TSMS 11.5 is now live on Progress ESD or available through your account representative. Please see the Product Update Bulletin for a full list of changes and enhancements.