Oracle claimed last week to have found the Holy Grail of development with the release of Designer/2000, which brings modelling and 100% generation of code to application development.
Hailed by CEO Larry Ellison as the most important advancement at Oracle since the database, the first release of the tool went into production last week.
Designer/2000 aims to provide developers and business managers with a way of visually modelling business processes at the highest level so they can agree on requirements. The business processes are then refined into models of the database and application objects, and the developer can then generate the whole database application. Any changes made to the application can then be reverse-engineered back into the model.
Applications can be generated in Visual Basic, HTML, C++ or Oracle's PL-SQL, and be used with Oracle databases as well as DB2, SQL Server and Sybase. Applications written in PL-SQL or Visual Basic can be reverse-engineered, as well as database definitions.
"Modelling is the only way forward, but presently writing Java applications still involves writing a lot of 3GL code," said Sara Gardner, group manager of tools marketing at Oracle. "Modelling is sorely missing in Java right now." However, Oracle intends to bring modelling and Java together in the Designer/2000 product next year, Gardner revealed.
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