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Implementing Reuse with RAD Tools' Native Objects
October 1997 (vol. 30 no. 10)
pp. 60-65

The majority of objects reused in business applications are native to the development tool and designed by tool manufacturers, not application programmers. If developers confine a project's scope to these native business objects, they can achieve rapid programming and implementation, even for large applications, with quality adequate to meet clear and specific business needs.

However, developers must carefully match the RAD tool to the target project's business needs. If this isn't done, the majority of development time will be spent trying to force the wrong tool to work against itself. This article describes the six business objects common to Microsoft's Visual Basic, Powerbuilder, Lotus Notes, and Magic MSE.

Comparing RAD tools has become increasingly significant as interpretations of formal methodologies have become ingrained in the tools and languages. What if tools and integrated development environments could constrain and guide programmers to enforce formal design methods like those of Edsger Dijkstra or James Rumbaugh?

John C. Zubeck, "Implementing Reuse with RAD Tools' Native Objects," Computer, vol. 30, no. 10, pp. 60-65, Oct. 1997, doi:10.1109/2.625308
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