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Fast Development Software

An Evaluation and Comparison

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An Examination of DSDM Based RAD Software

The concept of Rapid Application Development has never really got out of the starting blocks because there has never been a formalised approach to its implementation. The ideas that first came from James Martin were strong and showed how, by creating a controlled iterative process where the user provides the driving input, applications could be developed on time and deliver funstionality that would match the business needs. However, the gap between understanding the ideas and the problems of practical implementation of them was closing too slowly.

In 1995 we saw the formation of a UK-based consortium - led by users and supported by vendors - that set itself the goal of creating a set of fundamental guideleines for the management of RAD projects. These guidelines are known as the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) and the consortium is now well recognised in the UK and in parts of Europe.

The Report

Fast Development Software: An Evaluation and Comparison takes the DSDM guidelines and applies them to fourteen major application development environments. It covers integrated application development environments and concentrates mainly on those vendors that support the activities of the DSDM consortium. In particular, it looks at their products in relation to the DSDM guidelines and measures how well they actually fit.

The report follows the standard Bloor Research approach with Market and Issues sections that cover RAD from this integrated standpoint, as well as briefly discussing the merits of a ìbest of breedî approach. There is also a survey that covers the features and methods associated with DSDM RAD environments. This is used as a basis for comparison between the different products. In addition to the usual Bloor Research sections, there is an introduction to DSDM written by the Consortium's technical chair, Jennifer Stapleton.

This report is different and therefore of special interest because the technical issues form a very small part of the process of RAD. There is a discussion of the management, cultural and human aspects of application development as well as the technical features that enable RAD. These include the problems associated with the involvement of users in technical development, the principles of user ëbuy-iní and the business champion.

The technical issues are concerned with features that enable rapid develpment - the movement away from the three-handed interface (keyboard and mouse) application generation, use of templates and style guides and the various types of modelling tools available for RAD/JAD sessions.

The role of DSDM as an interactive, iterative and evolutionary set of techniques is investigated in detail and the relevance of its underlying principles are explained. In addition, the increased level of control features that ensures that DSDM is suitable for a much wider range of applications is discussed. This includes an investigation into the roles of testing, configuration management and tools for gathering requirements.

Bloor Research believes that the gap between understanding and implementation has been closed significantly through the alliance of users and vendors in the DSDM consortium. Understanding the method and the products that fit into it will be an important step in bringing RAD sucessfully into an organisation.
DSDM Development Environments: An Evaluation and Comparison will help bring about that understanding.

Products Evaluated in these Reports

Magic (MSE) ObjectStar (Antares)
Composer (TI) USoft Developer (USoft)
SAS System (SAS) Natural (Software AG)
CACTUS (Info. Builders) OpenROAD (CA)
Developer/2000 (Oracle) ObejctPool (Sapiens)
InPhase (InPhase) SNAP (Template Software)
VisualAge (IBM) NatStar (Nat Systems)

Why Buy these Reports?

Bloor Research believes that the gap between understanding and implementation has been closed significantly through the alliance of users and vendors in the DSDM consortium. Understanding the method and the products that fit into it will be an important step in bringing RAD sucessfully into an organisation. Fast Development Software: An Evaluation and Comparison will bring help about that understanding.

Fast Development Software
An Evaluation and Comparison

 


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