Thursday, October 18, 2007

Speaking of all you developers with extra time on your hands

How is it that you crank out all that code, and have time for exotic jobs? It seems "What has happened is that the RAD and non-RAD worlds have merged, thanks to the steady improvement of IDEs" So, at least from Rational, you are welcome!

RAD Isn’t ‘Rad’? How SAD

After all the books that have been written, after all the technical articles and newspaper stories that have been published, we find out in this issue that the concept of "rapid application development" might not be relevant any longer to a discussion of software development.
RAD, some argue, just isn’t "rad" anymore.
The story, written by my colleague Jeff Feinman, points out that when an alternative was needed to bulky tools that couldn’t readily facilitate changes to requirements or code, RAD was a radical idea. Now, though, with a broad movement toward agile development processes for all development—including shorter iterations and life cycles, and application frameworks that accommodate plug-in tools for specific tasks—RAD can now be replaced by the acronym SAD— Simply Application Development. ...

Beyond RAD
October 15, 2007 — It’s been quite a while since software companies aggressively pursued the concept of rapid application development, or RAD, as a means of getting simple programs out the door quickly using integrated development environments with lots of wizards and point-and-click code generators. Inherent in the RAD concept was that there would be a counterpoint: More serious line-of-business applications would be built with non-RAD toolchains, presumably assembled from discrete “professional grade” tools, such as editors, compilers, debuggers and modelers.
What has happened is that the RAD and non-RAD worlds have merged, thanks to the steady improvement of IDEs. Where, once, a developer hoping to construct a desktop database-backed application had to hand-code all of the SQL statements, network code and desktop interfaces, these days there are countless ways to build the same application either on top of existing code, or simply by pointing and clicking in the right software.

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