Cincom VisualWorks Application
Netherlands-based Soops is a dynamic software development company founded in 1992. It was the first company in the Netherlands to be fully dedicated to object-oriented technology because its founders believe that this technology best captures the complex and changing needsof organizations working in IT systems. Its decision to use the Cincom Smalltalk development environment from the outset has been key in the company’s ability to seize new business opportunities.
Over the years, Soops has conducted in-depth evaluations of the alternative technologies, in terms of comparative speed of development. Developer strategy can no longer be based on brand alone but on performance and the right application for the task. In a climate where there are increasing reports of failed Java and C++ projects, Cincom Smalltalk is viewed by Soops as the most reliable solution.
Java is good for lightweight applications but can’t match Smalltalk for productivity and reliability when it comes to complex projects. So far we’ve achieved a 100% success rate with Smalltalk.Freek Dech, Managing Director, Soops
With Cincom Smalltalk, programmers learn the language quicker, solve problems faster and write less code, typically one-third to one-half of the code required of a C++/Java programmer. It has been benchmarked as being more productive than some of the other proprietary environments with an estimated 50% increase in programmer productivity(according to Software Productivity Research, www.spr.com).
The speed of development is so fast that often the client just can’t believe that Soops’ estimation for completion of a project is realistic. For example, we will know that a particular project will take us no more than three months. But from their industry knowledge, the client would expect this same project to take two years. Sometimes it’s hard to convince them otherwise!Reinout Heek, Senior Engineer, Soops