RPE 2.1.1

RPE 2.1.1 has been made generally available today. We continued on the path we started in RPE 2.0 around simplifying the user experience with RPE. RPE 2.0, 2.0.1 focused on administrators and end users while RPE 2.1 focused on template designers. With 2.1.1, we continued focus on both template designers and report designers.

Improvements in 2.1.1

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RPE 2.1 – “Multumesc”

I’m happy to announce RPE 2.1, codename Multumesc, has been made generally available today. With this release we continued on the path we started in RPE 2.0 around simplifying the user experience with RPE. While with 2.0 and 2.0.1 we focused on administrators and end users with 2.1 our focus are template designers:

  1. Interactive Guides – new designers will be walked through the design process
  2. Drag&Drop for quick template design– drop your resource URL from the Browser in document studio and RPE will create a starting template for you
  3. Simplified CLM traceability – with the POX profile you no longer need to manipulate URLs to transform between OSLC and REST API.
  4. Word Import – use Word documents as the starting point of your template. RPE will convert the structure and a subset of the formatting into an RPE template
  5. Java Script Reuse – you can now define code modules inside a template and reuse the functions defined there everywhere else in the template.

This and much more is described in https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SS6RHZ_2.1.0/com.ibm.rational.pe.overview.doc/topics/c_whats_new_21.html and will be further discussed here.

The team even put together videos to show some of the new features https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGO0qYNSD4UtXl3xXGsL1hhumg0s8m9i

Kudos to the RPE team and to all of you that helped us define and refine these features.

Document Generation sessions at Interconnect 2016

Below are the sessions dedicated to Publishing Engine at Interconnect 2016. Click on the links for the abstract of the session. Looking forward to see you there.

DOD-2092: Plan Ahead and Act Proficiently for Reporting: Lessons Learned
Program: Core Curriculum

DOD-4545: Ask the Experts: Reporting and Document Generation
Program: Core Curriculum

DOP-2293: On-Demand Document Generation from Live Data for Web Environments
Program: Core Curriculum

DOD-1295: Get More Out of Reporting on CLM Data with Jazz Reporting Services and Rational Publishing Engine
Program: Lab Center

PDD-1295: Get More Out of Reporting on CLM Data with Jazz Reporting Services and Rational Publishing Engine
Program: Lab Center

How to troubleshoot document generation in DNG

When starting with DNG and document generation or when deploying new reports on the server the RRDG log is an invaluable resource for troubleshooting problems on the RRDG server.  As expected the log provides detailed information on errors and additional information including performance data.

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All the DNG logs can be access at https://server:9443/rm/logs.  The log for document generation is rrdg.log which is located towards the end of the list.

By default the RRDG log is set on WARN level which means only warnings and errors will be logged. This is the recommended setting for most production servers but if you need to troubleshoot document generation you should increase the level and set it to INFO.

Changing the log level is done in the logger configuration page https://server:9443/rm/logs/config by setting the INFO/DEBUG level  to the com.ibm.rational.rrdg logger

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What’s new in RPE 2.0.1

You can download the latest Rational Publishing Engine version, 2.0.1, from the IBM Passport Advantage.  Alternatively you can use the online repository.

The attached presentation lists the main features and fixes that we’ve introduced in this release which hopefuly are as many incentives for you upgrading your RPE installation.

What's new in RPE 2.0.1

RPE Document Generation Service on Bluemix

Since RPE 2.0 we have an experimental Bluemix service for document generation. The service is free and exposes a simple REST API that allows you to create reports and produce documents. You can access it in the labs section of the Bluemix Labs Catalog.

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To help you understand how to use the service we have an example running at http://dgaasx_ddc.mybluemix.net/ This example enables you to create PDF snapshots from RSS feeds such as the BBC or NPR ones.

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The example’s source code is available on GitHub and on IBM DevOps for Bluemix: https://hub.jazz.net/project/dragos.cojocari/dgaas_example/overview On the project’s page you will find detailed instructions on how to fork the project so that you can experiment with DGaaS yourself.