CodeFluent Entities Modeler Goes RC
French development tools maker SoftFluent
in November announced the release candidate (RC) of its CodeFluent Entities Modeler, a visual interface for the CodeFluent Entities model-driven software factory tool. CodeFluent Entities Modeler, which entered beta in July, integrates with Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 and features a Ribbon interface.
CodeFluent Entities Modeler enables dev shops to build out application components using a model-driven approach. The tools lets developers create visual application models inside the Visual Studio environment, and take advantage of built-in Visual Studio functionality like source code control. Developers are able to build out entities, properties and methods, using a drag-and-drop interface to establish relationships and rules.
Daniel Cohen-Zardi, co-founder of SoftFluent, said the RC version of CodeFluent Entities Modeler is "now mature enough to use it on real-life projects." He singled out improvements to the bidirectional synchronization between the modeler's visual surfaces and the underlying XML code. SoftFluent also extended support in the modeler for various modeling concepts and options provided by the CodeFluent Entities product. Support for SharePoint and Office 2010 were also added to the RC version.
Cohen-Zardi said SoftFluent plans additional improvements as CodeFluent Entities Modeler approaches its expected ship window in the first quarter of 2011.
"There will be a lot of improvements in terms of usability, based on our early adopters’ feedback, especially around the graphical editor," Cohen-Zardi said. "We will also add a platform-agnostic UI Form editor and a brand new Web site generator with support for ASP.NET's latest technologies."
CodeFluent Entities Modeler is available in three versions: Professional ($599), Enterprise ($2999) and Ultimate ($5999). SoftFluent also provides a free license for personal/non-commercial use, which Cohen-Zardi said allows companies to fully test the produce before committing to purchase.
Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.