Microsoft Touts Assembly-Line Software Building
By providing templates and frameworks based on domain-specific languages, the company aims to enable developers to build applications for a variety of industries and markets in factory fashion.Microsoft says it will pursue a software-factories approach to development in upcoming versions of its development toolseta strategy that some call a potential boon to custom development shops and to the overall domestic software-development market. Jack Greenfield, a Microsoft Corp. architect and one of the key architects behind the Redmond, Wash., companys Visual Studio Team System (VSTS), said that with its software-factories approach, Microsoft will provide templates and frameworks based on domain-specific languages to enable developers to build applications in an assembly-line fashion. Greenfield said Microsoft plans to provide these so-called factories for a variety of industries and markets. Andrew Brust, president of Progressive Systems Consulting Inc. in New York, said, "We will definitely look at it, as it provides a great way for custom development shops like ours to provide the value-adds they do right now in a way that might be more palatable to companies that are gun-shy on custom development. The selling points would be lower cost and a high level of customization."
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