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Object Oriented CASE Tools
To what William D.Gooch said, I would add Concordia for
specifications and documentation; the commands for navigating
class hierarchies and listing methods, etc.; defsystem for
declaring architecture, etc. However, in all cases, although the
tools are good, they lack active participation (e.g., gen'g
defuns and defmethods from documentation specs; having graphical
class/method browsers). There's improvement to be made.
My understanding of the typical use of CASE, however, doesn't fit
too closely with the Genera tools (it fits, but not closely). I
wouldn't, however, suggest that Genera adapt too fully to "CASE"
unless that contributes a serious marketing advantage. "CASE" in
its most close-minded sense seems an unwieldy bureaucratic
imposition coming from MIS depts in business schools. Because
MIS people primarily use COBOL or low-level languages, they
deprecate coding. CLOS, CLIM, and other high-level programming
constructs actually fulfill the role of some of the mid-level
CASE components (and thus function both as code and
One person's opinion.
Don Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
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