Software Quality in the

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2007-08-27 Print this article Print

City by the Bay"> "Genuitec is teaching us all how to price an Eclipse product," Ponczak said. Genuitec LLC sells its MyEclipse integrated development environment for $29.95 per year for the standard edition. Both Codign and Genuitec are members of the Eclipse Foundation. Mike Curreri, who is affiliated with practically every technology council in Maryland and heads one sanctioned by the states governor, Martin OMalley, is on Codigns advisory board. Ironically, Curreris AVIcode resides on a portion of the campus of Ponczaks alma mater, UMBC, that has been set aside for technology transfer, innovation and advancement. Meanwhile, in addition to his CEO duties at Codign, Ponczak holds the position of director of product management at Artifact Software, based in nearby Columbia, Md.
In June, Artifact introduced a key upgrade to Lighthouse, its popular software development management solution. The new version, code-named Cozumel, empowers users to fully customize any data elements captured by Lighthouse. Software teams can adapt Lighthouse to their own development process and methodology, use their own terminology, and track the data most important to their business, Ponczak said.
Moreover, Ponczak said Lighthouse is used by thousands of companies worldwide to manage, monitor and measure their software development projects. It is available in a free version called Lighthouse Pro that includes everything needed to manage tasks, resources, costs, schedules, requirements, testing, bugs, issues, documents and more. With the paid version, Lighthouse Premium, organizations can customize reports, data fields, and process methodologies, such as agile, the Rational Unified Process [RUP, from IBM Rational], and waterfall, or create their own unique process methodology. Lighthouse Premium also includes priority support and personalized branding. "Artifact is similar to IBMs Jazz in that its meant to provide online collaboration for project managers," Ponczak said. "Codign and Artifact talk to each other," Ponczak said. "So when a JUnit test case fails, a defect is created within Lighthouse and all parties are notified." Speaking on Artifact, Curreri said: "In addition to his work at Codign, Joe is the director of product management at another start-up that is trying to establish a collaborative business portal for managing off-shored application development projects. Basically his responsibilities there include mapping out the product future, interacting with clients, managing the product development and their offshore vendors, defining requirements on future revenue-generating solutions, and acting as the liaison between clients, developers and their sales people." So Baltimore has an interest in software quality. And Im not so foolish or crazy enough to even attempt to make a true comparison between the software business in and around San Francisco and that of Baltimore. However, a lot of people dont know that Baltimores Johns Hopkins University has contributed a lot to the software industry, including many open source ideas and thinkers that have helped shape the course for open source software. Jim Jagielski, chairman and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation, came out of the Hopkins computer engineering program. He also worked at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in nearby Greenbelt, Md., which also has been a hotbed for open source innovation. And there are actually a bunch of similarities between Baltimore and San Fran. Both places are wild about crabs. SF has its Dungeness crabs and we have our blue crabs and crab cakes. Both cities have pro baseball teams that use orange and black as the primary colors in their logos and uniforms. But I wont get into what or who is "better." I just wanted to shed some light on some of the software activity going on in my local area. Yet, as much as I like the place, I used to always cringe a little whenever Id hear San Francisco referred to as "the city by the bay"—because I grew up fishing, crabbing, boating and beaching on the Chesapeake. And as we near the Labor Day holiday I start to think more about getting out on the water. While most folks are putting up their rods and calling it quits for the summer, Im just beginning to gear up for some serious fall fishing on the bay and off the Atlantic coast. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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