Sterling Software has outlined what it intends to do with its Cool:Stuff development tools family, following the acquisition of Texas Instruments Software (TIS) two months ago.
The mainframe software supplier renamed its own Key product line and TIS? Composer Case tools at the time of the merger, to try to give the disparate product set a common brand and some semblance of unity, but it now claims to offer one-way integration between the offerings.
Two-way integration will be in place by the end of the year.
Sterling also hopes to have a single, logical repository underlying all of its tools at some unspecificed time in the future, to enable users to share objects no matter which Cool tool they are using.
Some tools will be based on Microsoft?s implementation of the repository that TIS co-designed with it, and according to Sterling is suitable for high level business processes.
Others, however, will be based on Sterling?s own implementation of the repository, which it positions as relevant for design and implementation because it is richer and more complex and can document low level details.
The metadata held in the two offerings will be interoperable because they are based on the same design specification.
Over the next six months, however, the Cool family will be enhanced in several ways. Support for Java, ActiveX and distributed transaction processing monitors such as Tuxedo will be added.
Interfaces to support the Microsoft repository will also be included in the tools family, enabling users to access information stored in it, but a new product, Component Explorer, will also enable users to view objects and drag them in and out of the repository.
Within a year, users can also expect to see support for Java Beans, object and object-relational databases, the Corba object standard and IBM?s Component Broker middleware.
A new product, Cool:cubes, will ship at the end of this year, which is based on Icon?s Catalysis component identification and analysis specification.
The tool will be positioned as being complementary to Cool:gen, TIS? former Composer product, and will enable users to identify and analyse the objects stored in their repositories.
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