Friday 21 December 2018

Rational Rhapsody Tip #49 - 3 ways to open an animated state machine (Simple)

This super quick "tips and tricks" video for IBM Rational Rhapsody shows the 3 classic ways to open an animated statechart in Rhapsody. The main thing to remember is that you need running instances in order to do this. Simulations start in the un-initialized state in order to enable you to debug the initialization sequences so you usually click Go Idle or Go to initialize the instances. You then have 3 options: Either the Tools menu, via right-click on an animated sequence diagram lifeline or by finding the instance in the browser. The latter is made easier if you first filter the browser to animation view. Finding the instance when using the Tools menu can be labor some when you have a lot, hence I normally go for the animated sequence diagram approach. Viola, you can then fire events into the system and view its emergent behavior.

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