Serpent is a web-based launcher for Rational Publishing Engine and DOORS.
Rational Publishing Engine is a good tool with some drawbacks. The main one is that it has to be installed on a user’s machine in order for that user to generate a document with it! This is unacceptable to me as a DOORS administrator, so I created Serpent.
If a picture is worth 1000 words then a video is worth at least 1001 words. So, watch this video to get the idea.
Serpent was created to fill a need. As a DOORS administrator, I have a hard enough time educating my users about the tool and even troubleshooting it from time to time. I know that putting RPE on everyone’s machines would then change my job from Requirements Expert to RPE Troubleshooter. No way.
If a user has RPE on their machine, they can create an ad hoc document. But what if a user doesn’t have RPE on their machine? Why should they have to install a massive application (two massive applications, actually) in order to generate a pretty document from DOORS?
It is Serpent’s aim to change this. But given all the technology involved, I’m afraid I do not have the time to build Serpent all by myself.
Feel free to contact me (and fix the email address) with any and all questions.