Published: 23 March 2000
Analyst(s): Deborah A. Hess
Rational Software's well-regarded Rational Rose is the market leader in object-oriented analysis and design tools. Rose 2000, available since November 1999, is available in an Enterprise edition that can generate code in C++, Java, CORBA IDL, Visual Basic, and Oracle8 DDL; a single-language Professional edition; and a Modeling Edition with Unified Modeling Language (UML). Rose features include expanded round-trip engineering, support for UML 1.3, and built-in team development. Developers can also publish Rose diagrams to the Web or reuse them in other environments via OMG's XML Metadata Interchange (XMI). Although it takes some effort to learn and use, Rose automates many routine tasks and, once mastered, makes analysis and design easier and more rewarding.
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