Rational tool works with .NET Studio and IBM's Java IDE
- By Enterprise Systems Staff
[February 7, 2002] -- Rational Software pushed forward in its efforts to better integrate its
design tools with key development environments as it announced XDE
Professional v2002. The product runs as a plug-in within Microsoft's
.NET Studio and IBM's WebSphere Studio Application Developer. The
latter version relies on the open source Eclipse Platform, acting as a
tool information bus.
Rational's double-barrel announcement represents a big step toward
meeting developers' complaints about moving between design and
development disciplines. The company admits that, with IDEs and design
tools living in separate environments, the requirement to switch between
environments has hindered developers.
The announcement also betokens a form of ecumenism, as it covers both
of today's big development architectures -- Java and .NET.
Within the tool itself are a customizable pattern engine, including
so-called "Gang of Four" patterns, as well as Instant UML, which
enhances UML visualization and documentation support, forward- and
reverse-engineering, and a choice of automated or on-demand
roundtrip engineering synchronization.
Rational XDE Professional v2002 will be made available at no charge to
all users of Rational Rose Enterprise, Rational Suite Development
Studio, and Rational Suite Enterprise with an active support contract.
Rational Rose models can be imported directly into
Rational XDE Professional v2002.
Additional information on Rational XDE Professional v2002 is
available at: http://www.rational.com/products/xde/index.jsp