Rational DOORS Enlightenment Series

The http://ibmfederal.us/DOORS-Enlightenment/ offers a large number of recorded webinars on DOORS 9 and DOORS Next. To highlight just a few:

  1. Understanding Search, Queries and Views in DOORS Next Generation
  2. Data Migration from DOORS to DOORS NG
  3. Requirements Configuration Management — Product Line Engineering
  4. What’s New for Reporting and Document Generation
    (Supporting in DOORS and DOORS NG)

You can access these and you can register for upcoming sessions on http://ibmfederal.us/DOORS-Enlightenment/.

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User Story – RPE and DOORS at BAE

The IBM User Education channel hosts a very good video by David Moran on how RPE was introduced and how it is used at BAE with DOORS 9 with a focus on standardizing the process of producing documents. Thanks David for the video and for pioneering RPE.

Automating DOORS 9 Document Generation with RPE

There are 3 IBM provided ways of producing documents from DOORS 9 using RPE:

  1. RPE Launcher
  2. DOORS Publish Wizard
  3. RRDG based File->Export

NOTE: I have listed only solutions provided by IBM. There are other RPE based solutions provided by IBM partners such as GebsReporting, Baselines Inc, River North Solutions and more.

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Parallel installations of DOORS 9 clients

Setups consisting of a DOORS 9.6.x client and an older DOORS 9 client installed at the same time on the same machine are not supported by DOORS and will prevent document generation.

The problem is that the DOORS 9.6.x client installer does not does not remove the old version so unless you manually uninstall it yourself you will end up with an unsupported setup. Quoting from Upgrading to a new release of Rational DOORS from an earlier release of version 9:

If you are upgrading to Rational DOORS client version 9.6.1 or later, you must uninstall the previous client by using Windows Control Panel Programs and Features.

This is relevant to  RPE as parallel DOORS 9 installations prevent the DOORS COM API from functioning correctly which in turn  prevent RPE from getting data out of running DOORS instances.

The symptoms range from RPE failing to extract the data to run-time errors as described on the RPE devWorks forum here DOORS 9.6 64 Bit run-time error.