Please see Technology coverage changes in CAST AIP 8.3.x for more detailed discussion of this subject.
Three new screens have been added to the CAST AIP installer (setup). These screens are visible only when installing CAST AIP in a non-upgrade scenario (i.e. CAST AIP from the same major/minor release track does not already exist on the machine) and allow you modify the locations for various CAST log, temporary and miscellaneous files. These locations will be valid for all CAST applications. There is no requirement to change these path locations unless you need to - the paths suggested in each screen are the default locations used by CAST AIP. The locations can be overridden once the setup has completed by modifying the CastGlobalSettings.ini file. See Install CAST AIP from setup.
CAST now supports the installation of the Health Dashboard, the Engineering Dashboard and the CAST RestAPI on IBM Websphere Application Server (WAS) 8.5.x, provided that WAS is installed in a Linux environment. See Deployment on IBM WebSphere Application Server for more information.
The CAST Application Engineering Dashboard (AED) has been renamed as the "Engineering Dashboard" (ED). Documentation has been updated to reflect this name change. In addition, certain items and components have been renamed within the dashboard interface itself.
The Engineering Dashboard now features the ability to add violations (objects) to an "Education list" (see Engineering Dashboard - Education) to highlight specific issues that may not be corrected, but require tracking, monitoring. In essence the Education list:
The top user menu now has an additional drop down menu item called "Change Language". This allows a user to change the language of the text items in the dashboard, providing an administrator has configured the language:
In addition, a parameter called "default" has been added to the ced.json file to allow a specific language to be set by default.
It is now possible to export data to Excel file at Violation level in the Application Investigation and Transaction Investigation views, for example:
The CAST Application Analytics Dashboard (AAD) has been renamed as the "Health Dashboard" (HD). Documentation has been updated to reflect this name change. In addition, certain items and components have been renamed within the dashboard interface itself.
A unique identifier for your Architecture Model must be defined in the CAST Architecture Checker GUI for all models assigned to Applications in CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.2. This ID is used to identify the Architecture Model throughout the CAST Management Studio and the CAST dashboards (the ID will be saved to a table in the CAST Management Service schema).
The following checks are performed for Architecture Model IDs during a snapshot generation and results will be logged in the CASTMSxx_log.txt file:
The option jobLogRootPath has been removed and can no longer be used with the command ConfigurePlatformPreferences. Please use logRootPath instead. See Automating CAST Management Studio tasks.
The term used to indicate the value given to empty Function Points has been changed from "Estimated" to "Default FP Value", for example in the Compute settings and in the AFP Calibration node:
A new column called "Number of objects" is displayed in the following nodes:
This shows how many objects have been identified by the rule. This column will only update after using the Compute option or generating a snapshot.
A new panel of information called "Ratios" is now available in the Enhancement node, providing information about the elements (artifacts, objects etc.) that comprise the current Application and snapshot:
Links that have been modified using the Transaction Graph Adjustment feature are now highlighted as dashed black lines in the Call Graph and Full Call Graph. For example (click to enlarge):
CAST is now delivering a bespoke executable for running automated CAST Transaction Configuration tasks. Previously, command line tasks could be run using CAST-TransactionConfig.exe, however, CAST highly recommends that all automated command line tasks now use CAST-TransactionConfig-CLI.exe.
See Automating CAST Transaction Configuration Center tasks.
In addition to the log file change that was implemented in CAST AIP 8.3.1, a further change has been added in CAST AIP 8.3.2:
Following the introduction of the ability to change model properties directly in CAST Architecture Checker introduced in CAST AIP 8.3.1, if you open a Architecture Model created and saved with a previous release of CAST AIP (≤ 8.3.0), then you may be warned as follows:
This means that the Architecture Model was created with an older release of CAST AIP that did not include the ability to set Properties on the model. As such, the CAST Architecture Checker has initialized these Properties in the Architecture Model with default values. These default values may not correspond to the values you may have set in the CAST Management Studio and therefore may impact results when the Architecture Model is used in an analysis. The Properties will remain as they are set in the CAST Management Studio until you open the model with the CAST Architecture Checker.
A unique identifier for your Architecture Model must now be defined in the CAST Architecture Checker GUI for all models assigned to Applications in CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.2. This ID is used to identify the Architecture Model throughout the CAST Management Studio and the CAST dashboards (the ID will be saved to a table in the CAST Management Service schema).
|That an even number has been used|
|That a number above 2,000,000 has been used|
|That an invalid number has not been used (for example a very large number, or a negative number)|
A new option has been added to govern the number of links that are displayed when the Check model option is run. By default, a maximum of 1000 links will be displayed by default for performance reasons (the more links that are available, the longer the Check model process will take). You can choose from one of the following available options:
In addition to the log file change that was implemented in CAST AIP 8.3.1, a further change has been added in CAST AIP 8.3.2:
A new option "Exclude test code" has been added to the Package Configuration tab in the CAST Delivery Manager Tool. When ticked, this option will force all folders containing the word "test" to be excluded from the packaging:
The following table lists all bugs fixed in CAST AIP 8.3.2
|Call ID||Technology||Component/s||Features||Situation||Symptoms||Internal ID|
|10045||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Metrics Calculation||When comparing the log of an Oracle Forms analysis step and the log from the Oracle Forms Metrics Assistant calculation step.||There are more syntax errors in the Oracle Forms Metrics Assistant log (which are due to simple 'Select', 'Update' or 'CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION' statements) than there are in the Oracle Forms analysis log.||SCRAIP-30735|
|10062||Delivery Manager Tool||When using the CAST Delivery Manager Tool GUI.||Some labels and options are poorly labelled.||SCRAIP-30736|
|10146||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When attempting to a run a JEE analysis.||The analysis crashes with the error "Unexternalized exception - Message is 'access violation'."||SCRAIP-30733|
|10217||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||When an analysis is cancelled during the "run metric calculation" step and the analysis is then re-run again with the option "Continue last analysis".||The subsequent analysis will skip the analysis that has already been completed, but it does not re-run the "run metric calculation" step (it should).||SCRAIP-30730|
|10223||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When looking at the results of a JEE analysis including JSF taglib mapping files.||JSF taglib mapping files are ignored, thus links are not created between *.xhtml files.||SCRAIP-30732|
|10271||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||Attempting to run an ABAP analysis.||The analysis fails with the error: SQL Error: ERROR: duplicate key value violates unique constraint "pk_objdsc". ||SCRAIP-30727|
|10287||CMS Application - Reference Pattern Search String||When attempting to run a UA analysis including a Reference Pattern search string.||The Reference Pattern search string step takes a very long time to complete.||SCRAIP-30729|
|10294||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||When attempting to run a JEE analysis.||The analysis fails with the error "Unable to process JEE analysis, error in project 'xxx'."||SCRAIP-30728|
|10296||Health Dashboard||When attempting to run a CAST Health Dashboard consolidation using the CLI.||The process fails with the message "org.postgresql.util.PSQLException: ERROR: integer out of range".||SCRAIP-30723|
|10297||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Compute Snapshot||When attempting to generate a snapshot that has previously completed successfully.||The snapshot now gets stuck on the procedure "ADGV_UPDATE_ANY_COST_STATUSES".||SCRAIP-30726|
|10302||Dataflow||When running a .NET analysis.||The Dataflow (User Input Security) step is taking a very long time to complete.||SCRAIP-30722|
|10308||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When attempting to run a JEE analysis.||The analysis fails with the error "Unable to process JEE analysis, error in project 'xxx'."||SCRAIP-30725|
|10313||Health Dashboard||When attempting to configure a "customexpression" tile in the CAST Health Dashboard.||The tile functions but the title and description are merged together.||SCRAIP-30724|
|10412||Analysis Manager - Update CAST Knowledge Base||When attempting to generate a snapshot.||The snapshot generation process fails with the following errors in the CAST-MS log |
- relation inkb_dia_expensivepath
- column "source_id"
- relation "inkb_dataflowscope does not exist
|10594; 10595||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Copy Paste Metrics Calculation||When looking at the results of the Quality Rules "Avoid Artifacts with high Commented-out Code Lines/Code Lines ratio" and "Avoid Too Many Copy Pasted Artifacts" for versions Vn and Vn+1.||Violation counts for these Quality Rules are inconsistent even though the source code has not changed between versions Vn and Vn+1.||SCRAIP-29524|
|10638||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When looking at the log for a JEE analysis.||The log contains many warning messages in the form "class 'xxx' is not visible - one dependency is missing" which have no impact on results and cannot be rectified. The warnings should be removed.||SCRAIP-30720|
|10687||Enlighten||When using CAST Enlighten.||CAST Enlighten crashes while attempting to load a blank view during initial connection to the RDBMS.||SCRAIP-30719|
|10958||Health Dashboard||When looking at the tile "Top 5 Critical Rules" in the CAST Health Dashboard.||The Quality Rules in the tile do not appear to be ordered by Number of failed checks, as expected.||SCRAIP-30718|
|11005||Health Dashboard||When comparing the number of deleted Transactions in the legacy CAST Engineering Dashboard and in the Health Dashboard with those listed in the CAST Transaction Configuration Center.||The transaction is shown as "deleted" in the legacy CAST Engineering Dashboard and in the CAST Health Dashboard whereas the transaction is not visible at all under the Evolution node in the CAST Transaction Configuration Center (the TCC reports the correct information).||SCRAIP-30488|
|11195||CMS Application - Reference Pattern Search String||When editing a Reference Pattern and using the options "Check RegExp. on file" and "Check RegExp. on directory".||The options do not function.||SCRAIP-30508|
|11200||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Synchronize Services||When comparing the results of a post upgrade snapshot when upgrading from CAST AIP 8.0.x to CAST AIP 8.3.x.||The comparison shows that there is a significant decrease in the number of objects and therefore the number of lines of code.||SCRAIP-30497|
|11257||REST API||When attempting to start the CAST Analysis Automation API.||The API does not start as a service or manually if the path contains a special character.||SCRAIP-30764|
|11326||Delivery Manager Tool||When packaging a Java application along with an HTTP Maven Repository.||An issue occurs during the discover steps in the remediation loop. The issue occurs when discovering the file portlet-api-2.0.pom and the following message is logged: |
cast.dmt.discover.jee.maven.project.parseError Error parsing Maven project 'javax/portlet/portlet-api/2.0'! Verify the corresponding file. If the file is good, please raise a ticket.
|11340||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When attempting to run an analysis on one single .NET Analysis Unit.||The analysis fails with this error: |
Internal exception occured during processing listener ManageDmtProjectAction::Process on instance CAST_DotNet_Job_NewAnalyze #2 : unknown exception
|11370||CMS Application||When using the CAST Delivery Manager Tool and attempting to create a new version.||The following error occurs: ERROR: cast.utilities.consoleHandlerGenericLogError - Internal error occurred when creating New version||SCRAIP-30673|
|11451||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||When looking at the results of a .NET analysis.||Web files (".asa", ".asp", ".htm", ".html", ".htc", ".js", ".vbs", ".css") are still being saved as empty objects with LOC = 0. They should not be saved at all.||SCRAIP-30787|
|11474||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When querying the CDT_OBJECTS table in the CAST System Views.||The object "Nested Cobol Program" (type ID 142072) is not present.||SCRAIP-30811|
|11477||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When attempting to analyze a JEE application.||The analysis fails at the "compare" step with the following message: "ERROR: more than one row returned by a subquery used as an expression".||SCRAIP-30812|
|11484||Application Engineering Dashboard (AED)||When drilling down from the Risk Model tile and clicking on a Technical Criteria.||The Quality Rules never display.||SCRAIP-30826|
|11507||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||When comparing the analysis run times for a Mainframe application.||The run time has increased in CAST AIP 8.3.1 compared to CAST AIP 8.0.x.||SCRAIP-30841|
|11528;11679||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When comparing the copy/paste metrics calculation time between CAST AIP 8.3.0 and 8.3.1.||In CAST AIP 8.3.1, the calculation time has significantly increased and results were largely incorrect.||SCRAIP-30859|
|11707||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||When looking at the results of a .NET analysis after performing an upgrade to CAST AIP 8.3.x.||The Quality Rule "Declare as static all Methods not using Instance Members" 7270, is showing new violations for C# constructors even though the object status is "unchanged" (i.e. the source code has not changed).||SCRAIP-31085|
|7935||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||When looking at the log for a PowerBuilder analysis.||There are several syntax warnings in the log. Some are legitimate and some are not and should be handled by the analyzer.||SCRAIP-30734|
|8915||CAST Management Studio (CMS)||When attempting to change the variable "CAST_CURRENT_USER_TEMP_PATH" in the CASTGlobalsettings.ini to alter the location in which the CAST-MSxx.log.txt file is stored.||Changing the variable does nothing and the CAST-MSxx.log.txt file is still stored in the default location.||SCRAIP-30752|
|8972||CAST Engineering Dashboard||When using the CAST Engineering Dashboard to view results of the Quality Rule "Use only Hibernate API to access to the database" - 7510.||The number of objects with violations is more than the number of failed checks.||SCRAIP-30751|
|8993||Health Dashboard||When looking at the Health Dashboard: Application Fast Facts tile.||The tiles show inconsistent data and is not being updated when a time period is selected.||SCRAIP-30750|
|9094||CAST Update Tool (CUT)||When looking at the DSS_HISTORY table post-upgrade.||The DSS_HISTORY table is showing previous CAST AIP release number post upgrade. It should show the new CAST AIP release number.||SCRAIP-30749|
|9295||When attempting to install and run the CAST Analysis Automation API as a Windows Service.||The installation fails because the batch files provided contain errors with regard to quote marks in file paths.||SCRAIP-30748|
|9433;9832||CAST Engineering Dashboard||When attempting to view TWRI data in either the CAST Engineering Dashboard or in the CAST Application Engineering Dashboard.||The Transaction Level View in CED shows nothing, nor does the Transaction Investigation View in AED.||SCRAIP-30747|
|9522||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When using the Text Replacement feature with the JEE Analyzer to correctly resolve some relative paths that are used in the source code.||Even with Text Replacement, the expected links between JSP and JS files are still not found.||SCRAIP-30746|
|9532||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Check Modules||When looking at the results of the Quality Rule "Variables defined in Working-Storage section must be initialized before to be read" (8034).||A false positive result has been seen for this Quality Rule when the variable is initialised by a READ statement before being used by a WRITE statement.||SCRAIP-30740|
|9565||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When looking at the results of a JEE analysis.||No link is created from a JSP file that contains embedded Java code to the called Java methods.||SCRAIP-30745|
|9607||CMS Snapshot/Analysis - Run Analyzer||When attempting run a .NET analysis.||The analysis fails with the error "System.InvalidOperationException: Sequence contains more than one element".||SCRAIP-30744|
|9778||CAST Engineering Dashboard||When looking at the results of the Quality Rule "Avoid String initialization with String object (created using the 'new' keyword)" - 7250.||A false positive violation is identified for the Quality Rule where the String isn't initialized with a literal.||SCRAIP-30737|
|9797||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When looking at the results of a JEE analysis.||The logs show that not all .java files present in the delivered source code have been stored in the CAST Analysis Service schema, despite the fact that the files have been analyzed without error. Due to an issue saving files with the same name.||SCRAIP-30742|
|9972||Transaction Configuration Center (TCC)||When using the CAST Transaction Configuration Center to look at a transaction in two projects: the transaction is identical in both projects (a.jsp file) and both projects have been analyzed in one Application.||When one of the projects is dropped and a new snapshot is generated, two transactions incorrectly remain in the Analysis Service schema.||SCRAIP-30738|
|9977||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When looking at the results of a Mainframe Cobol analysis and the source code uses a procedure parameter called JOB.||When the analyzer encounters a procedure parameter that is called "JOB" it incorrectly considers it as a JOB card. This results in multiple issues, including incorrect Line of Code count (truncated source code) anda Computed FP value for the Transaction Function (JCL) as '0'.||SCRAIP-30739|
|9985||CMS Snapshot/Analysis||When looking at the results of a JEE analysis.||Some hbm.xml files have their full path incorrectly set to a location in the LTSA folder, rather than in the source code deployment folder.||SCRAIP-30741|
|Delivery Manager Tool - Projects Discovery||When attempting to run a JEE analysis that includes a pom.xml file.||The analysis fails because the pom.xml file is empty, however the error message provided does not explain this and simply states that the analysis has failed.||SCRAIP-29914|