Revolution as a Prototyping Tool
dburgun at dsl.pipex.com
Fri Jul 29 12:15:21 EDT 2005
Yes, a great article!
I have used RunRev for prototyping too, however I took it a step
further and actually generated the code to build the objects in an
external environment, e.g. I write a RunRev Script to output
Object/Resource definitions and also to generate .h and .c/.cpp files
that could be used in a C/C++ application.
All the Best
>Thanks for sharing this great "tutorial" with all of us !
>Action: Do you allow me to translate your work to the French dialect
>? If yes, do you allow me to specify, as the credits of the input "©
>2005 Thomas J McGrath III" (or any other legal © mention you prefer
>to see there, alike your company name) at the bottom of the
>translation. If yes, do you allow me to insert this final french
>issue + your © credits as a dedicated pages of my company site,
>something alike <http://www.sahores-conseil.com/revprotoway.html> ?
>In any way, thanks again. A great work and communication tool !
>Le 28 juil. 05 à 15:25, Thomas McGrath III a écrit :
>>Dear List Members,
>>I wanted to share this document that I used when presenting
>>Revolution to my company/client for consideration in our
>>prototyping work. Since this list is growing daily, I thought there
>>might be a few people who would find it useful.
>>Revolution as a Prototyping Tool
>>* Prototyping is a process of design and development used to
>>help model the specifications and requirements for a new
>>* Once a prototype has been developed it can be quickly moved to
>>alpha or sometimes even beta without dedicating significant
>>resources and time.
>>* The nature of the Revolution tool is that it is designed for
>>rapid development of a graphic/data interface by minimizing the
>>need to write complex machine level code, using instead English
>>like syntax, coding shortcuts and object (graphical) libraries and
>>outputting to any supported OS.
>>* Using Revolution as a prototyping tool allows the developer to
>>quickly assemble an elegant prototype. Revolution incorporates the
>>use of genuine cross platform support without the need for device
>>or OS specific code compilation, and uses industry standard coding.
>>Proof-of-Concept Development Challenge
>>Commercial realities dictate that there are several key elements to
>>consider when developing a software solution for a client. These
>>are even more pertinent at the prototyping stage of a project. Some
>>of these elements may not be considered as essential at the
>>prototype stage, but they facilitate the acceptance of the final
>>application to the client.
>>* Fit for Purpose
>>The prototype application should effectively demonstrate the
>>client's needs and requirements. How does one procure the
>>satisfaction of expectations without exhaustive research into the
>>underlying issues? This is possible by using a software prototyping
>>tool, which allows a concept to be modeled, rapidly aiding in the
>>evaluation of a design.
>>* Time restrictions
>>In an ideal world one would choose to slow the process down and run
>>it through deliberate design and development cycles. However,
>>available resources invariably dictate this process. The choice of
>>Revolution as a prototyping tool allows us to make maximum use of
>>the time at our disposal.
>>* Financial constraints
>>Optimally, this type of software should provide the capability to
>>envision and test such a model using local data and resources
>>without a major investment in database server(s), network hardware
>>and software, and the major software engineering costs.
>>* Moving Target
>>Many clients are not entirely sure of the exact nature of the
>>product they require. They may also redefine their requirements
>>based on outside factors and additional functionality that we can
>>offer. A prototyping tool has the functionality to address such
>>fundamental alterations readily and easily.
>>We should be able to demonstrate the scalable qualities of our
>>proposed application with the prototype. Our client may not have
>>made a final decision on the level of deployment at this stage.
>>They may wish to retain the flexibility to investigate alternatives
>>and additions before committing to a final strategy.
>>* Real time alterations
>>Revolution allows the flexibility to make changes while prototyping
>>with the client and is possible without the downtime incurred for
>>Revolution is presentable and has the look and feel of a finished
>>product. While we are at the prototyping stage, we may still be
>>selling the concept to our client. The appearance of our prototype
>>can become very significant, without minor visual anomalies drawing
>>attention away from the salient issues.
>>* Maintaining the Prototype
>>Our choice of Revolution as a prototyping tool should allow us to
>>keep track of version histories and the alterations that we make to
>>the application. Ideally we should be able to document the changes
>>we make together with the client requests. We may also require the
>>facility to control multiple developers working on the same
>>project. Revolution allows for us to rapidly develop applications
>>in any peer-to-peer environment.
>>What Makes Revolution Ideal for Prototyping
>>Regardless of the application we are modeling, Revolution provides
>>the tools that allow us to effectively create any prototype.
>>Whether we need to create Internet, Intranet, database
>>applications, with or without a SQL backend, Revolution is the
>>answer. Applications prototyped in Revolution cover just about
>>every market segment.
>>Developing prototypes using Revolution significantly reduces the
>>time we spend creating our applications. This is due to the
>>features and tool sets that are made available to us within the
>>product. Revolution embraces the main principles of practical
>>object orientation. These features include the message hierarchy as
>>well as code and object reuse. Revolution makes it extremely quick
>>to produce any GUI. There is also an extensive set of shortcuts and
>>plugins that cover just about everything from simple window
>>creation to the handling of e-mails.
>>Having one comprehensive tool that can be used for a multitude of
>>needs eliminates the cost of having to purchase multiple
>>applications for prototyping. The initial investment for Revolution
>>is extremely competitive. This makes tight financial constraints
>>inconsequential as the product and pricing is as good as and, if
>>not better, than any prototyping tool currently available.
>>Revolution applications can be developed on any of the supported
>>platforms including all flavors of Windows (95/98/NT/2000), Mac OS
>>9.x and above, and the major Linux distributions. Revolution
>>applications can be deployed on any or all of these platforms
>>simultaneously with only minimal or no code changes.
>>Thomas J McGrath III_______________________________________________
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