SembleWare Launches .Net-Based App Development Tool

Tool follows the assembly line model of using reusable components to build finished applications.

SembleWare announced a new .Net-based application development tool that follows the assembly line model of using reusable components to build finished applications.

SembleWare, a Fort Lee, N.J.-based business unit of Objecutive Inc., announced sembleWare Visual Welder at the Microsoft TechEd conference in Dallas this week.

Visual Welder is an add-in for Microsofts Visual Studio .Net, said Anthony King, sembleWares chief executive officer. King said the product is essentially a construction and assembly tool that replaces the typical software development paradigm with an assembly one.

"We should be building software like you build a car, with an assembly paradigm rather than a development paradigm," King said. "We need to reduce software to parts and then we would have the ability to snap these things together," he added.

King said Visual Welder implements its design pattern in a three-dimensional environment via a feature called its Spatial Editor, where developers can assemble applications out of parts, view entities and relationships, and preview screens.

The component assembly process saves time and money, King said. Yet, he said sembleWares approach differs from the typical reuse of components such as those sold by Atlanta-based ComponentSource Inc. Instead, unlike traditional components, the "parts" King refers to include business software and core functionality, such as an invoice, a billing system or contact management system.

"We said lets take the paradigm of components and crank it up a notch," King said. "A part is actually something like portions of a screen, or a database or business logic. So when you put together the parts you get a fully designed system."

Visual Welder will ship in the third quarter of this year and will be priced at $399 for a single seat license, with discounts for volume purchases.

King said a version of the product for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) environment is under consideration, but there are no official plans for delivery "at this time."