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Rational Publishing Engine

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Rational Publishing Engine
Developer(s)Rational Software
Initial release2008
Stable release
2.1.1 / Dec, 2016, 2016 [1]
Written inJava
    Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    Available inGerman, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Russian.
    LicenseIBM EULA
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    Rational Publishing Engine is a tool for generating documents from data stored in other software tools. Rational Publishing Engine offers an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) for designing the report templates (RPE Document Studio) and for running them (RPE Launcher). Rational Publishing Engine is produced by the Rational software division of IBM.


    Rational Publishing Engine is a document generation tool used to generate documents from data. The documents are generated from configuration files called document specifications in RPE's terminology. A document specification uses one or more templates which describe the layout and formatting of the document. Templates are structured around the data source schema, which is an XML-based framework for the data, rather than the data itself.

    After the templates are created they can be used in document specifications that configure and generate the document. This approach allows using the same templates to generate reports on different sets of data as needed.

    The document specifications support a modular approach for creating documents. For example, a document specification can use a template that contains the cover page for the document and then another template for the document header.

    With Rational Publishing Engine, one can generate the report on the local computer or transfer the document generation to a server. Other remote services include administrator monitoring of document generation jobs and scheduling document generation jobs to run at specified times or intervals.[1]

    Rational Publishing Engine exposes a Java API for automating the document generation process and allows other applications to embed its core. Embedding the RPE core allows to customize the document generation user experience.


    Originally produced by Telelogic, versions 1.0 and 1.0.1 of the product were sold as Telelogic Publishing Engine. After IBM Rational acquired Telelogic in 2008, the product was renamed IBM Rational Publishing Engine for version 1.1 and later.[2]


    Version Release date
    1.0 November 2008
    1.0.1 January 2009
    1.1 June 2009
    1.1.1 December 2009 March 2010 September 2010
    1.1.2 April 2011 November 2011 April 2012
    1.2 December 2012 April 2013
    1.2.1 October 2013 March 2014
    1.3 October 2014
    2.0 June 2015
    2.0.1 October 2015
    2.1 June 2016
    2.1.1 Dec 2016
    2.1.2 June 2017
    6.0.5 December 2017
    6.0.6 June 2018

    See also[edit]


    1. "Rational Publishing Engine". IBM. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
    2. "About Rational Publishing Engine". GEBS Reporting. Retrieved February 13, 2014.

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