January 12, 2005

MacA&D OSX 1.0 - Software Development Tool

Harold Halbleib writes "Excel Software began shipping MacA&D OSX 1.0, a native Mac OS X edition of its flagship products, WinA&D for Windows and MacA&D OS9 for Macintosh OS 9. MacA&D OSX is a software engineering tool that automates requirements management, software modeling, code generation, reengineering and flexible report generation. It builds on an 18-year lineage of MacA&D OS9 and WinA&D use by thousands of software developers in consulting, industrial and defense companies.

MacA&D OSX implements the full UML notation for object-oriented software design. Package and class diagrams show class structure. Use cases identify the system boundary and capture the functional requirements. Statecharts define specific states of a system and events that cause transitions between states. Object interactions are shown on communication or sequence diagrams, while activity diagrams reveal parallel behavior. Deployment diagrams illustrate runtime relationships for hardware and software components.

MacA&D OSX supports structured analysis and design of multi-tasking, real-time systems. Data and control flow diagrams show the flow of information through a system. State diagrams and tables identify modes of operation and event handling. Task diagrams illustrate threads of execution connected by operating system services. Structure charts highlight call structure between modules.

Database designers use entity-relation diagrams (ERDs) to illustrate logical and physical views of an information system. These data models identify tables, views, constraints, assertions, triggers, indexes, procedures and other SQL elements that are used to automatically generate the SQL schema code for an RDBMS. Designers can easily toggle between logical and physical models and show different levels of detail on the diagrams.

MacA&D OSX provides an integrated solution for managing requirements with capabilities to identify, specify, group, track and control requirements. To leverage its modeling environment, MacA&D OSX has code generation for object-oriented, procedural and database designs. In conjunction with MacTranslator, class, structure and data models can be automatically generated from code. The extensive suite of verification, balancing, import and export commands help locate information, check for errors and share work with other users, development tools and platforms. The built-in, fully scriptable report generator comes with over a dozen standard reports for viewing project information using an HTML browser or word processor.

MacA&D OSX runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later. The Single User License priced at $1995 includes both printed and PDF manuals on CD. See www.excelsoftware.com for site license information and product descriptions.

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