Rational XDE 1.0
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.
.Net version offers seamless integration with Visual Studio .Net IDE; capable model comparison and revision control features.
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