Expanding on a Vertical
Push"> That is perhaps not so ironic, in that Greenfield used to work for Rational prior to its acquisition by IBM in 2003. However, Larsen said the IBM enterprise patterns are targeted only at the Java space, although he noted that "Rational tooling still works in the .Net space; were not announcing anything for the .Net space today."Diaz added: "This framework does not preclude anyone from writing a .Net pattern."Meanwhile, though, Larsen expanded on the vertical push. "A natural follow-on is to focus on verticals to get domain specific patterns for certain verticals," Larsen said, mentioning retail, manufacturing and telecommunications. Read more here about IBMs plan to target vertical markets. "Weve found that our architects find it valuable to take these patterns solutions as templates," Larsen said. "Then they can pull out ingredients and put in something else. So substitution and modification is key. And we can integrate the patterns with process guidance and treat these recipes as reusable assets," he said. "The recipe plays the role of knitting all this together for a particular domain." Diaz said IBMs goal is to provide a consistent framework for development while also simplifying the development process. "The key thing is we want to do this on a consistent framework and a consistent set of tools," Diaz said. "We want to be able to deliver an entire solution." Another example of the similarity between the IBM pattern strategy and Microsofts Software Factories comes from a MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) overview that reads: "Software Factories provide a faster, less expensive and more reliable approach to application development by significantly increasing the level of automation in application development, applying the time tested pattern of using visual languages to enable rapid assembly and configuration of framework based components. "Software Factories go beyond models as documentation, using highly tuned Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) and the Extensible Markup Language (XML) as source artifacts, to capture life cycle metadata, and to support high fidelity model transformation, code generation and other forms of automation." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.