Howard Ferch takes on a development management issue at StS - how do you manage multiple version streams of the same project? Register today and find out!:
TAPDance: a system for maintaining multiple versions of software
Howard Ferch: LynxGL
Tuesday 2:00:00 pm to 2:45:00 pm
Abstract: In order to produce multiple versions of packaged and customized software systems we have developed a system which isolates the user look and feel and database representation from the processing logic. This system stores the definition of all of the user interface in a database, which is read and analysed at runtime. The entire system is written in Smalltalk, and the talk will describe the design goals, how Smalltalk met those goals, and how we use the Smalltalk language itself as a GUI representation language to minimize our efforts in building multiple versions of user interfaces.
We will demonstrate the flexibility of the system by showing how the same executable will provide two different customizations of a Fire/Paramedic dispatching system, as well as a personnel roster system, and a reporting and modelling system.
Bio: Howard J Ferch, PhD, Computer Science, 1978. Currently President of a small software company developing high availability systems for fire and paramedic departments.
See you in Seattle!