Universal modelling language (UML) specialist Rational has bought its way into the integrated development environment (IDE) market with the acquisition of NeuVis.
NeuVis' flagship product is a model-driven architecture (MDA) development tool which complements Rational's UML modelling capabilities. Rational has also taken on 26 NeuVis employees.
Mike Devlin, chief executive at Rational, said: "[We are] very excited to welcome NeuVis. It is a world-class team with excellent technology.
"We see the addition of the NeuVis technology as a strong complement to our strategy to support the major industry IDEs, such as those from Microsoft and IBM."
Significantly, Rational made no mention of IDE specialist Borland despite Rational being a long-time Borland partner, integrating its UML software with Borland's IDE products.
But Borland has implemented its own UML and MDA for the first time in a new architect edition of Delphi 7 Studio, released last week. Borland acquired the software from two European software houses, ModelMaker and BoldSoft.
MDA allows for the development of systems directly from UML models and, for the most part, independently of the operating environment on which the resulting application is deployed.
The UML and MDA standards are owned by the Object Management Group standards body.
Backing from IBM and Microsoft is an indication of the wide interest in the development productivity gains promised by MDA.
In a statement, Microsoft said that it had been working with Rational to support .Net and saw the NeuVis strategy as complementing that initiative. Its ContentStudio .Net IDE directly competes with Borland's Delphi.
Rational said that its UML models could already drive a development with NeuVis' MDA technology, while components built using NeuVis software could be managed in Rational's software configuration management applications and tested using its tools.
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