High level comparison between RPE Launcher and the 2.0 Web UI


With the introduction of RPE Web Services 2.0 ( new Web UI) a valid question is how does the new UI compare in terms of capabilities to classic Launcher.

A comparison of the most significant capabilities of the two is listed below including my recommendation for when RPE Launcher is better to use.

NOTE: In terms of supported data sources and output formats the two are identical. 

Capability
Launcher
Web Services
2.0
Generate document yes yes
Publish Wizard yes yes
Schedule document yes(1) yes
Built-in asset store yes(1) yes
Built-in document store no yes
Design and configure report yes yes
Report review no yes
Portable reports yes no
Rename data sources
and variables
no yes
Hide/Fixate data sources
and variables
no yes
Use templates, reports and
style-sheets from any location
 yes no
Authentication no yes
Dashboard Integration no yes
DOORS 9 Plug-in yes no
Dynamically referenced
templates in reports
yes no
64 bit support yes yes
Legend
  • yes(1) – RPE Web Services 1.0 need to be installed and configured
A brief description of the capabilities
  1. Document store – centralized, searchable collection of the generated documents.
  2. Report review – the ability to have report designers test a report in the same conditions as the end users
  3. Portable reports – a DSX file created by RPE Launcher can be moved across machines. A report created with the RPE Web Services 2.0 cannot be exported or reused on a different server unless the entire database is moved.
  4. Rename data sources and variables – provide names that are meaningful to the end users for the data sources and variables without modifying the template
  5. Hide/Fixate data sources and variables – provide values for data sources and variables and prevent end users from viewing and modifying them
  6. Use templates, reports and style-sheets from any location – use templates from the file system, URLs etc. RPE Web Services 2.0 only allows using assets that were previously uploaded in its own database.
  7. Dashboard integration – access the document generation capabilities from within a CLM dashboard or any other Opne Social Enabled Web application.
When to use RPE Launcher over the RPE Web Services 2.0

The only scenario where I recommend using RPE Launcher is for DOORS 9 data sources. The RPE Web Services 2.0 ( like the previous generation of services) can work with DOORS only in batch mode and will significantly load the server.

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Author: Dragos Cojocari

Architect for Rational Publishing Engine

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