Getting Started with Connext DDS, Part Three: The Essential Tool ALL DDS Developers Need to Know About Reply

Before joining RTI engineering, I was a customer of RTI’s for quite some time. I started working with RTI products before Data Distribution Service (DDS) was a standard. I also happened to be one of the first users of DDS 4.0, when it was finally codified into the standard as we know it today.

I have a passion for developing tools that would help using the Connext DDS products easier — because the core product is so good. I love doing this, and this is what ultimately brought me to RTI. I’m now leading the engineering team responsible for Connext DDS Tools. I enjoy helping RTI customers adopt Connext DDS and use it in their projects.

One of my favorite tools is Admin Console. It is essential for troubleshooting, configuring and monitoring all Connext DDS infrastructure services as well as visualizing data directly from your system. Admin Console minimizes troubleshooting time and effort in all stages of application development by proactively analyzing system settings and log messages. Problems get highlighted, making them easy to find and fix.

One of my RTI colleagues, Dave Seltz, recently recorded a short tutorial video to help you learn the essentials of working with the Admin Console. It allows you to quickly master troubleshooting, configuring and monitoring all Connext DDS infrastructure services. Just like other Connext Tools, the Admin Console is included in the Pro version of Connext DDS. The examples used in the video don’t require any configuration or setup and will work out of the box, once you install the product. You can try them right away by following Dave’s tutorial; simply download the free 30-day trial for Connext DDS Pro and give it a shot!

We’re heading to Munich! Reply

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London Connext Conference 2014 and 2015 events brought power DDS users together from a wide range of industries to share experiences, applications and expertise. For those of you who were unable to attend but curious about what you missed, head over to Community and view a list of the presenters and some of the presentations (2014 and 2015). For our third year, we wanted to switch things up a bit, and the first big change to the event is the location: we’ll be hosting our two-day event in Munich!

The second change (and the one I’m most excited to announce) relates to our agenda. In the past, we’ve created an agenda that showcases our users and their work through a curated selection of keynote presentations, demonstrations, and smaller group presentations. This year, in addition to these, we’re going to be offering 2 workshops! The first workshop focuses on using Connext Pro Tools and the other will dive into Connext DDS Secure. During these workshops, you’ll have time to get up and running with the products, ask questions and receive answers from RTI staff, and more.

This is just a sampling of what we’ll be offering. To register now, head on over to https://www.rti.com/munich-connext-con-2017. Also, if you’ll be attending and would like to be considered for a keynote spot at this year’s conference, please visit the conference page for submission details. We can’t wait to see you there!

Getting Started with Connext DDS, Part Two: Use Shapes Demo to Learn the Basics of DDS Without Coding Reply

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If you’re building Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems, then you’re probably investigating the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard. DDS is the only connectivity framework designed specifically for mission-critical IIoT systems.

IIoT applications have extraordinarily demanding requirements in terms of performance, scalability, resilience, autonomy and lifecycle management. To satisfy these requirements, DDS includes unique capabilities—differentiating it from other connectivity frameworks and low-level messaging protocols that were originally designed for consumer IoT and conventional IT applications.

To quickly learn more about DDS and how it is different, there is an easy way: RTI Shapes Demo. Included as part two in the Getting Started series, (see part one herehapes Demo is a game-like, interactive application that lets you explore DDS capabilities without having to do any programming. It is a tool you can use to learn about the basic (and some advanced) DDS concepts, such as publish-subscribe messaging,  real-time Quality of Service (QoS), data-centric communication, automatic discovery, brokerless peer-to-peer messaging, and reliable multicast.

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There are two ways to get RTI Shapes Demo:

After installing Shapes Demo, watch this simple video tutorial to help you get started quickly.

You can also check out the User’s Manual under the Help menu. Chapter 4 walks you through examples that illustrate many of the DDS standard’s powerful features.

Download RTI Shapes Demo and start learning more about DDS today!