Rational XDE 1

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-04-15 Print this article Print

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XDE provides a strong set of modeling and code management features for those moving to C# and using Visual Studio .Net; its integration with this tool is impressive and productivity-enhancing. In the Java space, however, its competition is much stronger, and XDE comes up short.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The .Net versions elegant integration with Visual Studio .Net provides sophisticated modeling features for developers without disrupting the way they already work.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Rational offers an extensive line of development management options, and buying XDE allows shops to tap into those resources.

PROS // .Net version offers seamless integration with Visual Studio .Net IDE; capable model comparison and revision control features.

CONS // Diagramming environment is difficult to use; C# and Java are only supported languages; Java version offers just a basic Java editing environment; lacks code audit and has only basic reporting features; offers a relatively small number of design patterns.

Rational Software Corp., Cupertino, Calif.; (800) 728-1212; www.rational.com/products/xde

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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