Plan Ahead and Act Proficiently for Reporting

The material Einar Karlssen and I created for the Interconnect 2016 Plan Ahead and Act Proficiently for Reporting session is available on Slideshare in addition of being available via Interconnect Mobile Application

This alongside the best practice articles Kumar just posted can be used as a frame of reference for building documents with RPE.

Rational Publishing Engine (v2.0) for Rhapsody – Training

Andy Lapping has published a fantastic training material for using Rational Publishing Engine with Rational Rhapsody on

This is one the best,  if not the best, education material I’ve seen for RPE and Rhapsody and it adds to Andy’s already long list of contributions to RPE. @Andy – thank you so much for all the help.


The training gives an introduction to RPE and continues with basic concepts before elaborating on advanced techniques. Everything is beautify explained and the concepts are introduced incrementally in a way that it is easy to follow and understand.


  1. Overview of Rational Publishing Engine

Basic Techniques

  1. Creating Basic Templates for Rhapsody
  2. Formatting in RPE
  3. Filtering and Conditions
  4. Bookmarks and Hyperlinks
  5. Debugging Templates
  6. Creating Advanced Templates for Rhapsody
  7. RPE in a Jazz Environment
  8. Troubleshooting

Advanced Techniques

  1. Recursing Through Rhapsody Project Structures
  2. Variables and ‘Looking Down the Tree’
  3. Casting
  4. Reporting on Multiple Rhapsody Projects

New in 1.2.1 – Dynamic Master Pages

RPE Master Pages are the means through which template designers control the layout of the document for the Word and PDF output. There is one aspect with design of the master pages that makes them harder to use, their properties are static.

This limitation can be overcome by using multiple master pages and toggling the use of one or the other though a variable, essentially allowing a dynamic master page usage in the template. The fundamental problem with this approach is that it requires duplication of the master pages.

RPE 1.2.1 removes this limitation and allows master pages to be fully dynamic. The outline of the typical process to use dynamic master pages is provided below. Continue reading “New in 1.2.1 – Dynamic Master Pages”