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Developing Information Systems: Practical guidance for IT professionals by Pete Thompson, Debra Paul, Alan Paul, Lynda Girvan, Julian Cox, Tahir Ahmed, James Cadle

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14     SOLUTION DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Julian Cox

CONTENTS OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • typical tool functions and benefits;
  • tools through solution lifecycles;
  • what’s in a name?
  • evaluating tools;
  • benefits and pitfalls of adopting tools.

INTRODUCTION

As the capabilities of computer-based software applications have evolved over the last few decades, so have the complexities of the software and its environment. Whereas it was once possible to develop a whole application using a pen-and-paper design, coded and built using a text editor and a command line compiler, it is difficult to imagine doing so now for even the simplest application.

During unit design, the code and build activities for the different run-time environments ...

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