With such a high productivity
factor that Smalltalk gives us, reaction times to market changes have enabled us to beat most of our competitors.

Dr. Colin Lewis, Vice-President, JPMorgan

The Glorp Object Relational Mapping Framework Using the Powerful Cincom® ObjectStudio® Development Environment Highlighted at ESUG

Software developers are lucky people. There are many different application development environments available to choose from these days. Lots of them are well suited to getting work done quickly—if your database and object design can follow their simple rules.

On the other hand, software developers are often not that lucky in their projects. Out of all the projects they’ve worked on, how many were pure “green field” development, where they had full control over all aspects of their database and object model? How many had to connect new processes or requirements to existing data stores whose schemas could not be changed or were ill-documented (or both), or else had to interface with a DBA group who had their own rules about naming?  This is a situation where Smalltalk can really shine.

At the 19th European Smalltalk User Group (ESUG) conference, which will be held on August 22-26, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland, we will describe a medical domain that needs a new web application that must connect to multiple legacy databases, key parts of which cannot change. Cincom Smalltalk’s tools combine the Active Record pattern with the open source Glorp Object Relational mapping framework. Glorp is specifically designed to keep you moving fast where a legacy data requirement would be knocking others off the rails.  We will show you how the graphical modeling and mapping tools of ObjectStudio let you understand the existing applications and fit the vital new features into them. We hope you can join us.