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Software Development Environment - an Integrated Approach

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034616D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gest, SB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document will describe XDE - an advanced software development environment targeted for the IBM RT PC* running IBM's proprietary UNIX** operating system AIX***. The purpose of the environment is to supply software developers with an integrated set of development tools which can aid the developer by dramatically decreasing the development time of an application. This decrease in development time is achieved by eliminating or reducing many of the time-consuming operations of an average development effort, while providing readily available information about the developing application in a convenient way. The XDE environment will support the experienced software developer using one or more of the conventional programming languages supported on the RT PC, namely, C, Fortran, and Pascal.

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Software Development Environment - an Integrated Approach

This document will describe XDE - an advanced software development environment targeted for the IBM RT PC* running IBM's proprietary UNIX** operating system AIX***. The purpose of the environment is to supply software developers with an integrated set of development tools which can aid the developer by dramatically decreasing the development time of an application. This decrease in development time is achieved by eliminating or reducing many of the time-consuming operations of an average development effort, while providing readily available information about the developing application in a convenient way. The XDE environment will support the experienced software developer using one or more of the conventional programming languages supported on the RT PC, namely, C, Fortran, and Pascal. An additional criterion for the choice of languages is that the complier must generate the symbols in a format recognizable by the DBX symbolic debugger. The environment will allow the developer to edit program text then run or debug the program. There is no need for a lengthy compile and link step. (Compiling and linking in some form are, of course, necessary but are performed, on the user's behalf, in the environment in a way that will be transparent to the user.) The traditional edit, compile, link and debug constitute one development iteration. A single integration may take anywhere from a few minutes to several days to complete depending on the size of the application. The XDE development environment proposes to significantly reduce this iteration cycle by allowing the user to edit the progra...