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The Edge - November 2003
Razor Users Forum

Come join the fun at our annual Razor Users Forum in Orlando, Florida! Our 4th annual Razor Users Forum will be held November 17th and 18th. There is no charge to attend. To register please e-mail or call 1-315-363-8000 x231.

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Razor Sales Promo

Any new or current customer who purchases 3 or more licenses of Razor by November 30, 2003 will receive our web-based problem tracking interface, IssueWeaver, for FREE. IssueWeaver is valued at $4,515. IssueWeaver allows remote access to your Issues database from any platform that can support a web browser.

*** This offer is not valid on previous purchases.***

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Razor Training

Visible Systems has completed its first training session in its new Orlando training facility.

Al Menendez, senior associate and partner of Visible led the two weeks of Razor training sessions. Customers attending the training sessions included Lockheed Martin, NASA, Perry Technologies, Raytheon, SRA, and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (IHI) of Japan ( ) - one of the newest customers of Razor.

Edith Hand of Lockheed Martin was quoted by saying "Excellent! The instructor's practical knowledge of [Razor] was most useful ... the class has been a very valuable experience for me - the benefits will be immediate."

We invite you to look into our next training sessions scheduled for February, 2004.

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Visible and Lockheed Martin extend Corporate Agreement

Lockheed Martin has extended its current EPI Pricing Agreement with Visible Systems for another year. The EPI Agreement represents Lockheed Martin's acceptance of Razor as one of its corporate software CM tools. Such a preferred status benefits all of our users -- especially those users who work with Lockheed Martin or are engaged in some form of military contracts.

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Tech Tip

In Razor 4.3e, we added the following new example scripts to

  • set_child_issue
  • validate_parent_child

While the scripts are currently unsupported, industrious users may be interested in their basic implementation. The foundation of the parent/child issue functionality relies upon scripts to do the brunt of the work. In order to take advantage of this capability, you will have to write some scripts.

Here are the basics:

1) Create an Objects directory under the

2) Add a new 8 character text field to the Attributes file of the ++ISSUES++ group. This field will be used for the parent issue's number. The example below shows Parent_Issue for a field name but you can choose whatever you like.

TEXT_FIELD Parent_Issue 8

3) Attach a custom script to the modify.apply "before" trigger in the Actions file that does the following:

  • Checks to see if there is a value in the Parent_Issue field.
  • If an issue number is found the custom script will: validate the issue number entry to insure that it points to a valid and "open" issue (you decide the valid state names).
  • Verify that if the current issue is being closed there does not exist a child issue that is still open.

4) Attach a custom script to the modify.apply "after" trigger in the Actions file that does the following:

  • Checks to see if the value in the Parent_Issue field has changed.
  • If Parent_Issue changed, it updates the Objects file by the same name as the issue number with the value of the current issue (it is the child issue).
    The entry in the Objects file should be: Child I...-.10
  • If the old value was a valid issue number, that Objects file will need to be updated to exclude the current child issue number.

5) In order to provide a little more information, you could add the issue state and/or the issue title to the Objects file for the child issue. The entry in the Objects file would look like this:

Child I...-.10 OPEN This issue was written to correct the problem with the GUI found during testing

NOTE: Please keep in mind that scripts located in $RAZOR_HOME/examples are typically NOT supported by Razor Technical Support. They are supplied as is and should serve as a springboard to aid in your personal Razor scripting needs.

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Question: Try to determine this word.

I am 8 letters long - "12345678"
My 1234 is an atmospheric condition.
My 34567 supports a plant.
My 4567 is to appropriate.
My 45 is a friendly thank-you.
My 678 is a name.

What word am I?

Answer to the above puzzle can be found here.

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