Besides the biggy of source control another advantage of having an XML-based offline system of record of our Documentum artefacts is that we can use standard XML tools on those artefacts.

For example you could generate HTML docs  from them; DarDocs if you will.

Take a transform like this:-

<!–XML Transform to generate HTML from Documentum Type Artefacts–>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"  xmlns:lxslt="http://xml.apache.org/xslt"

xmlns:xmi="http://www.omg.org/XMI" xmlns:Artifact="http://documentum.emc.com/infrastructure/12012007/artifact" >
<xsl:template match="/">
     <table border="1"> 
     <xsl:for-each select="Artifact:Artifact/dataModel/type">
           <td>Document Type</td> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="@name"/></td>
           <td>Super Type</td> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="substring-before(substring-after(super_name/@href,’name=’), ‘#’)"/></td>
        <tr bgcolor="#9acd32">
           <th>Attribute Name</th>
           <th>Attribute Type</th>
           <th>Attribute length</th>
           <th>Attribute Label</th>
           <th>Help Text</th>
      <xsl:for-each select="primaryElement/attributes"> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="@attr_name"/></td> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="attr_type/@values"/></td> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="@attr_length"/></td> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="attrAnnotations/locales/@label_text"/></td> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="attrAnnotations/locales/@help_text"/></td> 
           <td><xsl:value-of select="attrAnnotations/locales/@comment_text"/></td> 


And a simple ant task like this:-

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project default="generateDocs">

   <target description="Generate DarDocs" name="generateDocs"> 
      <xslt basedir="Artifacts" destdir="Documents"  style="style/DocTypes.xsl"> 
         <mapper type="glob" from="*.type" to="*.html"/> 

And run it over a project with a few types in and you should get an html file for each type that looks something like this:-

Document Type soptype
Super Type dm_document
Attribute Name Attribute Type Attribute length Attribute Label Help Text Comment
attr1 STRING 10 attr1_label Some user help on attr1 Developer comment for attr1
attr2 INTEGER 10 attr2 label Some user help for attr2 Developer comment for attr2

It would be simple enough for a release engineer to add this to your releng build so that each build also produces a set of DarDocs for your Dars.

Hat tip to Eddie Doey from UK Consulting for providing this great example.

Happy Composing!

Migrating your projects between versions of Documentum Composer

As we release new versions of Documentum Composer you need to migrate your projects to this new version.  But how do you do this?

It’s pretty simple actually.  First-time you start the new version of Composer create yourself a new workspace.  Then re-import your projects into that new workspace using the Documentum-specific projects import wizard; File->Import->Documentum->Existing Projects Into Workspace:-


Any model changes that need to be applied to your artifacts will occur during this import.

The astute will realize that this is an irrevocable operation so your team will all need to use the same version of Composer.

Happy Composing!

EMC Documentum Developer Edition

Today’s a first for EMC.

For the first time ever you can download a completely free version of the EMC Documentum for development, the EMC Documentum Developer Edition.  The one-click install includes the Content Server, DFS, Composer, DA and Webtop.  All the tools you need to develop enterprise content-centric applications.

To compliment this we’ve also launched a new developer-oriented community.

Enjoy and as always happy composing!