Rational Software has repackaged the latest version of its Rose object modelling tool, which it is due to unveil at the Software Development West show this week.
In the past, the product was only available in a Modeller Edition, which simply comprises the Rose modelling tool, or Professional Edition, which also included either a C++, Visual Basic, Java or Powerbuilder generator.
But, an Enterprise Edition has now been added to Rose 98, which includes generators for all four languages. It will cost only $3,600 per seat compared with the Professional Edition?s $2,400 per seat, so making it much cheaper to undertake multiple language development.
Ian Gavin, Rational?s marketing manager, said: ?There are no actual differences to the products themselves, we?re just making it cheaper to buy them and incentivising everyone to move to Enterprise. We?re already seeing a market trend to people using more than one language in development, so this move makes sense from that point of view, and we want to take Rose into the mass market, which we can do by cutting prices.?
He added that Enterprise Edition would be targetted at large corporates with 100 or more developers in the team, which tend to use more than one language when building an application.
The Professional release would be aimed at small to medium size businesses, which generally standardise on one language during development, while Modeller is traditionally used by people wanting to design an application model rather than wanting to undertake code generation.
Rose 98 will support version 1.1 of the Unified Modelling Language (UML) standard and Rational?s Pure Atria acquisition's Clearcase configuration management tool. It will also support Microsoft's Visual Sourcesafe version control software and the Microsoft repository.
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