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Borland Unveils New Modeling Environment for .NET

Borland Software Wednesday used Microsoft's VSLive! developer event in Orlando to launch Borland Together Edition for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, an integrated design, modeling and code environment that aims to reduce complexity by automatically keeping models and code in synch when changes are made.

Together Edition, the product of more than a year of research and development, is written in native C#. At its core is the Borland LiveSource technology, which simultaneously replicates changes to models in the code, and vice versa. Borland said this ensures system architects and developers are closely aligned in the development process, thereby reducing costs associated with software rework.

Additionally, Borland said Borland LiveSource replaces the traditional round-trip engineering methods, which usually cause models and code to go out of synch. That's a big issue, according to Gartner Group analyst Jim Duggan, who explained that failure to keep models and code in synch often leads to disparity between business needs and resulting software. That, in turn, can lead to failed delivery of line of business services.

"The growing complexities of enterprise systems make development visualization fundamental to avoiding failed delivery of line of business services," Duggan said. "In the past, the high learning curve associated with UML , combined with a lack of flexibility in the environments available to support it, made it difficult for organizations to leverage modeling techniques for development on the Microsoft .NET Framework. Our clients are looking for modeling capabilities that coexist well with the rest of the Microsoft .NET platform. The new generations of Object Oriented analysis and design environments for the Microsoft .NET Framework are reducing the complexity of introducing modeling, and allowing the development team to work in a consistent environment."

In addition to Borland LiveSource, Together Edition has a number of other key features. The technology features automated documentation, designed to aid team collaboration in the development process. It also features accelerated pattern support, providing application blueprints that help in the reuse of existing software assets. Borland said Together Edition also helps organizations to create and modify their own patterns.

Finally, Borland noted that it offers 100 percent managed code to ensure deep integration with Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework, and its user interface is consistent with Visual Studio .NET in order to reduce the learning curve for developers.

"Together Edition for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET offers advanced design and modeling capabilities for Visual Studio .NET 2003," said Marie Huwe, general manager for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft. "Together Edition for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET delivers a compelling modeling environment for enterprise customers focused on productivity, quality, software asset reuse and team collaboration."

Borland has made a full version of Together Edition available for free download, with time-limited usage, on its Web site. The free download will be available between Wednesday and Nov. 30, 2003.