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Borland Simplifies Modeling in Open ALM App

Borland Together 2007 makes modeling easier with DSLs.

Borland Software Corp. has added domain-specific language (DSL) capabilities to the modeling component of its application lifecycle management (ALM) suite.

Domain-specific languages are small programming languages designed for specific tasks. Borland Together 2007, the latest version of the modeling tool, adds the DSL toolkit to help project teams address domain-specific tasks using visual notations that represent application architectures and business processes within the enterprise.

Modeling can help facilitate organizational agility in managing an application lifecycle. However, a prime roadblock for developers when it comes to modeling is the Unified Modeling Language (UML) itself, which is "somewhat of a complex discipline," says Marc Brown, Borland's vice president of product marketing.

The Together 2007 product aims to simplify modeling for users. "DSLs are an approach to modeling that lets you start with something very small and conceptually very pure in relation to the UML," explains Richard Gronback, co-leader of the Eclipse Modeling Project and chief scientist at Borland. "So it's much easier to get started modeling your domain if you start with something that itself is very simple."

Together 2007 is the modeling component of the "Open ALM" strategy that Borland outlined in January. The suite of products is designed so that customers can use a combination of open source and commercial tools without being tied to a specific platform.

Borland Together 2007 offers .NET support with C# code generation, visual brainstorming notation, extended queries and reporting via Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT). Pricing is $3,500 per named user license and $7,500 per concurrent user license.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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