Has anyone used the tool SODA for Word?

Subject: Has anyone used the tool SODA for Word?
From: "Pitt, Julie" <julie -dot- pitt -at- digex -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 09:10:47 -0400

<Apologies if this has already been answered--I'm on digest.>

On Tue, 15 May 2001, Raveena Tivari wrote: "If any one has used the tool
SODA for Word, please write back to me ASAP. I would also like to know what
is the utility of SODA for word...please throw some light on this."

Raveena, I have not used SoDA for Word, but I have run across it. It is a
utility that's part of the Rational Software suite. Here's a description
from the SoDA Help file:

<begin quote>
Understanding What SoDA Does

Software Documentation Automation (SoDA)

SoDA is a report generation tool that supports day-to-day reporting as well
as formal documentation requirements with an easy-to-use interface for
defining custom reports and documents. SoDA is tightly integrated with
Rational's market leading development tools, giving you a single interface
for reporting on requirements, design, test, and defect status.
SoDA automates the production of software documentation, substantially
reducing the effort required to produce software documentation. The primary
function of SoDA is to retrieve information from various sources and use it
to generate a document or report according to a template. SoDA comes with
several predefined templates, or you can use its WYSIWYG template-building
component to build templates for your specific needs.

SoDa for Word:

§ Adds document generation to the capabilities of Microsoft Word

§ Performs incremental document regeneration to reduce turnaround time

§ Preserves data entered directly into the document from generation to

§ Enables extraction of data from multiple information sources, such
as Rational Rose and Rational RequisitePro, to create a single document

§ Maintains consistency between documents and information sources

Rational SoDA for Word Online Help ©1998-2000, Rational Software Corporation

<end quote>

*Be warned: If you install Rational Software, including SoDA, it will
redirect your default template directory in Word.*


Julie, who prefers her soda in a glass over ice

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