Rational Software Expands 'Quality by Design' Initiative For Developers of Software Products, Embedded Systems And Devices Offers Java Support in Only Software Development Tool Providing Component

Testing and Runtime Analysis Of Embedded Code on Target Platforms

Two New Products Offer Cross-Platform and Linux-Based Runtime Analysis

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Rational User Conference -- Rational Software (Nasdaq:   RATL) today announced
 that it has expanded on its "Quality by Design" initiative for developers of
 software products and embedded systems and devices by releasing a new version
 of Rational(R) Test RealTime and two new products:  Rational(R) PurifyPlus
 RealTime and Rational(R) PurifyPlus for Linux.
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     "Quality by Design" helps developers build higher-quality software faster
 by empowering them to continuously detect and repair software problems during
 the development process, from early design through every subsequent iteration.
     New Features in Rational Test RealTime
     With this new version of Rational Test RealTime, Rational expands its
 proactive debugging features for C, C++ and Ada developers and introduces new
 language support for Java 2 Platform Micro Edition (J2ME) and Java 2 Platform
 Standard Edition (J2SE).  These proactive debugging capabilities within
 Rational Test RealTime allow developers to test, debug and fix their own code
 in less time than it takes to do it manually.
     These enhancements strengthen Rational Test RealTime's position as the
 only software development tool in the industry that supports both the testing
 and comprehensive runtime analysis of embedded code directly on its target
     For the Java 2 Platform, Rational has also integrated Rational Test
 RealTime with JUnit, the popular Java open-source, highly flexible testing
 framework.  This integration allows developers to automatically generate
 JUnit-like test classes from code by using a wizard built into Rational Test
 RealTime.  The integration reuses any existing JUnit test cases in place,
 enabling developers to leverage past investments in testing their code.
     Rational Test RealTime then extends the value of JUnit by executing those
 tests directly on the target system platform.  Rational Test RealTime provides
 Java-specific runtime analysis features such as memory profiling, performance
 profiling, thread profiling, code coverage analysis and runtime tracing
 directly on the target, providing an advanced reporting interface to evaluate
 test results.
     Rational Test RealTime is the only developer tool in the industry to
 extend JUnit by providing support for JUnit on target J2ME platforms.  This
 provides transparent deployment across all common embedded targets via a
 versatile target deployment port technology.
     The new version of Rational Test RealTime also includes the following
      -- Cross-language (Java mixed with C/C++) component testing and runtime
      -- Thread profiling for the discovery of race conditions and deadlocks
      -- Test prioritization based on static metric analysis
     Two New Products
     As part of the updates to the "Quality by Design" initiative, Rational has
 introduced two new products:  Rational PurifyPlus RealTime for cross-platform
 runtime analysis, and Rational PurifyPlus for Linux for runtime analysis of
 Linux-based code.
     Rational PurifyPlus RealTime provides a new solution for the software
 products and embedded systems developer.  It offers cross-platform runtime
 analysis capabilities, which include memory, performance and thread profiling,
 code coverage analysis, and runtime tracing.
     These capabilities allow developers to quickly and easily create faster,
 more reliable code running on target systems.  Rational PurifyPlus RealTime is
 the cross-platform complement to Rational's long-standing market-leading
 solution for host-based runtime analysis, Rational PurifyPlus.  Rational
 PurifyPlus RealTime supports the same programming languages as Rational Test
 RealTime:  C, C++, Ada, J2ME and J2SE.
     To help Linux developers produce faster, more reliable code, Rational has
 introduced Rational PurifyPlus for Linux, a runtime analysis solution for
 Linux developers.
     Rational PurifyPlus for Linux offers runtime analysis capabilities,
 including memory, performance and thread profiling, code coverage analysis,
 and runtime tracing, for software running on a Linux host.  Rational
 PurifyPlus for Linux expands Rational's host-based runtime analysis solution
 currently provided by Rational PurifyPlus for Windows and Rational PurifyPlus
 for UNIX.  Rational PurifyPlus for Linux supports C, C++ and J2SE.
     "Our unique 'Quality by Design' initiative helps developers create
 higher-quality code earlier in the development process," said Eric Schurr,
 chief marketing officer, Rational Software.  "These new tools liberate
 developers from the typical chaos of software development so they can do what
 they want most: create great software."
     Additional information on news announced at the Rational User Conference
 2002 is available at http://www.rational.com/announcing_at_ruc2002.jsp.
     Pricing and Availability
     In the United States, Rational PurifyPlus for Linux v2002 Release 2 starts
 at $1,995 per user license, Rational PurifyPlus RealTime v2002 Release 2
 starts at $2,495 per node-locked license, and Rational Test RealTime v2002
 Release 2 starts at $5,495 per node-locked license.
     Upgrades will be available within 30 days.  Customers will be notified
 when their upgrades are available.
     Prices for countries other than the United States will vary due to
 shipping and delivery costs, custom clearance costs, translations and other
 factors.  Non-United States customers should consult their local sales office
 for the prices in their country of intended usage.
     About Rational Software Corporation
     Rational Software provides a software development platform that improves
 the speed, quality, and predictability of software projects.  This integrated,
 full lifecycle solution combines software engineering best practices,
 market-leading tools, and professional services.  Ninety-eight of the Fortune
 100 rely on Rational tools and services to build better software, faster.
 This open platform is extended by partners who provide more than 500
 complementary products and services.  Founded in 1981, Rational is one of the
 world's largest software companies, with revenues of $666.4 million in its
 twelve months ended June 30, 2002, and over 3,500 employees worldwide.
 Rational is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a component of the Nasdaq-100
 Index(R).  Additional information is available at http://www.rational.com and
 http://www.therationaledge.com, the monthly e-zine for the Rational community.
     "Rational, and the Rational logo, among others, are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Rational Software Corporation in the United States
 and/or in other countries.  All other names are used for identification
 purposes only and are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
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