I know updates have been sparse for the past few weeks. That’s because I’ve been working on a redesign for the site and a new feature. A feature that I hope will be highly utilized.

You can find snippets of DXL all over the place, but you can’t just go to one place and find lots of DXL. You can visit Tony Goodman’s smart DXL, or Michael Sutherland’s Galactic Solutions, and find some interesting DXL along with some great information on the inner workings of DOORS, but you cannot find a lot of different DXL in one place.

I’m hoping to change that with a DXL file repository I’ve programmed into this site. I’ve found that I am much better at DXL than I am at Web Development, and I’ve been working on this for quite a while, just about as long as this site has been launched!Not all features have been implemented yet, but the important ones have. The DXL Repository allows:

  • registered users to upload files
  • anyone to download files
  • registered users can make comments
  • anyone can read comments
  • categories to be assigned to files
  • descriptions to be added to files
  • a download counter

Eventually, you’ll be able to browse DXL by category and do a search. As I said, I’m not the greatest Web Developer in the world, so if you run into a bug, please let me know. There is a limit on the filesize you can post, so if you try posting a large file and get an error, it may be due to that. If there is a category you think I should add, let me know. In the meantime, if a category doesn’t fit, just put it in the “Uncategorized” category.

The very first DXL I’ve posted is a script that allows users to save views without DOORS’ horrible Save View dialog box. This makes view management an absolute breeze for administrators, and saving views simple for users. The name of the script is Simple Save View, and you can download it here.

For this file repository to be successful, you have to contribute to it. Contribute snippets, examples, full-fledged scripts, or even zipped powerpoint presentations.

This can be one of the most valuable resources for DOORS users everywhere. We don’t have to worry about the Telelogic Forums losing posts or someone’s personal Web site going down. This site will be up and running for quite a while, and will be cached by Google and other major search sites, so for goodness sake, share your most useful DXL and let’s have a library the DOORS community can use.

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