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Announcing General Availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

  • 1.  Announcing General Availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

    Posted 12-31-2014 04:34 AM

    CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

    General Availability Announcement

     

    To: CA Gen Customers
    From: The CA Technologies CA Gen Product Team
    Subject: General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2
    Date: December 31, 2014

     

    On behalf of CA Technologies, we appreciate your business and the opportunity to provide high-quality, innovative software and services. As part of our ongoing commitment to customer success, we regularly announce updated releases and maintenance for our products.  Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2. 

     

    CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2 consolidates the features of CA Gen 8.5 Interim Enhancement 1 and adds the following new features:

    • Action Diagram BLOB Functions
    • Increase Number of String Properties Allowed in CA Gen Toolset Models to Support Larger Model Downloads
    • Web Service Consumption (Java)

     

    These are documented in the Release Notes in the CA Gen 8.5 Bookshelf and in the Release Information category in the wiki.

     

    CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2 is only available via electronic download from https://support.ca.com/ as PTFs.

     

    Please visit  the CA Gen product information page on the CA Support Online website at https://support.ca.com/ for detailed information concerning this Incremental Release, up-to-date support information, and the latest technical bulletins.

     

    Should you need any assistance, our CA Services experts can help. For more information on CA Services and how you can leverage our expertise, please visit www.ca.com/services. To connect, learn and share with other customers, join and participate in our CA Gen CA Community at https://communities.ca.com/.

     

    Your success is very important to us, and we look forward to continuing our successful relationship with you.



  • 2.  Re: Announcing General Availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

    Posted 01-05-2015 04:03 PM

    A couple of clarifications:

    • IR 2 (Incremental Release 2) does NOT consolidate the features of IE 1 (Interim Enhancement 1); it is delivered as a PTF to be applied on top of other 8.5 PTFs.
    • The "wiki" mentioned is wiki.ca.com where all of the documentation for CA Gen (as well as many other CA products) is now available.


  • 3.  Re: Announcing General Availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

    Posted 01-05-2015 04:21 PM

    John,  a couple of questions.

     

    1) Is there a reason RI2 was not a rollup?  PTF naming wise, it's consistent with IE1 (WKS85###), which *is* a rollup, and makes deployment significantly easier.  Looking at the pre-requisites, I think (but could be wrong) that you essentially had to take all prior PTFs anyway?

    2) What does this mean for existing documentation?  Will it be kept in sync?  Will it still be available as downloadable PDFs or HTML?  It doesn't look to be laid out in the same fashion, but does seem to cover a lot of the same bases.  How will these be kept in sync?  And will an offline version be available, because not everyone will have universal access to the internet at all times?  Searching through PDFs is significantly simpler than trying to search through that Wiki.



  • 4.  Re: Announcing General Availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

    Posted 01-05-2015 04:58 PM

    Daniel,

     

    Thanx for the questions.  The reason that IR2 is not a rollup is simply one of scheduling; it takes significantly longer for us to deploy a rollup PTF than a regular one.  We are looking for ways that we can decrease this time so that we can do incremental releases as rollup PTFs.

     

    As far as I know, all documentation comes from a single source and is just deployed in multiple different forms.  The wiki form is the one that will be the most up to date as a wiki is being used precisely so that changes can be deployed in a much shorter time than is possible with the PDF and HTML versions of the docs.  My understanding is that those other forms will still be available but may not be as up to date.



  • 5.  Re: Announcing General Availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

    Posted 01-05-2015 05:07 PM

    Hi Daniel,

    Further to John's comments the 8.5 Bookshelf (html & pdfs) and the 8.5 Wiki both have the latest updates for IR2, but the 8.5 indexed PDFs (Find Other Documentation) does not yet have them.

    Also when you go into each Wiki "parent" section you can Print/export it (and its children) in EPUB or PDF format so if you wish you can get an offline version of specific sections of interest rather than having to download the complete suite.

    Happy New Year!

    Regards,

    Lynn



  • 6.  Re: Announcing General Availability of CA Gen 8.5 Incremental Release 2

    Posted 01-05-2015 05:32 PM

    Thanks John and Lynn, that certainly helps to clarify things for me.  Very heartened to hear that the offline documentation will still exist and be kept up to date (albeit potentially lagging in time).

     

    Much appreciated!