At one time early in my career, I considered CASE tools as a really bad way to generate lots of code. After having followed many of the so called "loose cannons" in several installations, I have decided that "certain" case tools really might not be so bad. A case in point is "master file maintenance" which every single shop has many, many of. It's not uncommon to find at least a dozen different styles of "master file maintenance" when in reality, all most need is just one. I was given an example of a "Work with File" many years ago that was generated by a commercial package(still being sold). After using this program as a "model" for many other master file applications, I have come to the conclusion that this application has really "long legs" in respect to a case tool generated application. This was "the model" that IBM had started to promote as the correct way to achieve a consistant use of interactive applications. That model remains to this day, as the exact way almost all interfaces to OS/400 currently are. Case tools aren't the final answer, but in some cases they are a wonderful solution to a common problem. For all programmers on this list who have ever had to follow a "creative" programmer and make changes to their code, know what I'm talking about. Buck Calabro wrote: > > [Talking about code generators/CASE tools] > > > > In this day and age, we don't write a 3 program application anymore. > Requirements are more complex, resulting in more complex solutions. From my > limited experience, far too many "creative" programmers are loose cannons in > the complex modern environment. It's simply not possible to "know" all of > the source code in a modern application, but how often have we heard > somebody complain that they can't follow the code because of those darned > "/COPY" statements or subroutines or subprocedures. > > CASE tools ARE efficient because they let an average programmer produce > above average quality in her application.
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