I-Logix Rhapsody 4.1 Delivers Rhapsody in Ada, the First UML Rule-Based Visual Application Development Platform

11/25/2002 - I-Logix, the premier provider of enterprise solutions for embedded applications development, introduced Rhapsody® 4.1, the newest version of its award winning Unified Modeling LanguageTM- (UMLTM) based application development platform. Rhapsody 4.1 delivers the Rhapsody in Ada Developer EditionTM, for Ada 83 and Ada 95, the first visual application development platform based on the UML for the Ada systems and software developer. In addition, 4.1 incorporates significant analysis capabilities and usability enhancements aimed at improving systems design capability and developer productivity.

Rhapsody in Ada is the only system and software design environment based on UML that offers complete coverage of the systems and software development process including requirements capture and analysis, systems design, full production code generation, design-level debugging and test for Ada applications. Optimized for the development of real-time embedded applications in the military, aerospace and transportation industries, Rhapsody in Ada incorporates a rule-based reverse engineering capability that provides the flexibility and control to enable Ada developers to leverage legacy code in new or evolving applications. The Rhapsody in Ada rule-based code generation has been architected to enable end-users a high level of customization for the generated Ada code, thus allowing them to conform to strict, well-defined development standards. Furthermore, requirements based testing ensures that a design meets requirements by using the models developed throughout the development process as test systems. By shifting the focus of work from coding and debugging to design, increasing the opportunity for design re-use and simplifying communication among design team members, Rhapsody in Ada boosts development team productivity and dramatically improves time-to-market.

Usability and feature enhancements focused on improving systems engineering capabilities and increasing developer productivity are a major part of the Rhapsody 4.1 release. Users are now able to locate properties more quickly using the tree-view browser and new property filters. The sequence diagram editor has been re-architected to facilitate both simple and complex scenario development, with an enhanced drawing capability. Activity Diagrams have been augmented to support modeling of multiple concurrent processes via swim-lanes. Hyperlinks have been added so users can link to external documents or web pages from any location within the Rhapsody design. To further facilitate both small- and large-scale collaboration, differencing and merging has been enhanced for graphical comparison and integration, enhancing the ability for multiple developers to work on a single design.

"The delivery of Rhapsody in Ada, developed in collaboration with major aerospace companies, provides a major advantage to developers of military, aerospace and transportation applications. They are now able to develop safety-critical applications, customizing code as needed, with confidence that their design is always in synch with requirements," said Neeraj Chandra, Senior VP of Marketing & Corporate Development. "In addition, Rhapsody 4.1 has major usability and systems design enhancements, which deliver on our commitment to improving user productivity at every level. It is critical that our customers are able to work as efficiently and as easily as possible."

About I-Logix
Founded in 1987, I-Logix is a venture backed software company that provides enterprise solutions for real-time embedded applications development in the growing pervasive computing market. I-Logix solutions significantly compress systems and software development cycles while improving product quality. These products allow engineers to graphically model the behavior and functionality of their embedded systems, analyze and validate the system and automatically generate production quality code in a variety of languages. I-Logix uniquely integrates and associates the entire design flow from concept to code across an enterprise using both conventional and collaborative Web-enabled technology.

I-Logix is a member of the Object Management GroupTM (OMGTM), the Bluetooth SIG, the International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE), a founding member of the Embedded Linux Consortium and a co-author of the Unified Modeling LanguageTM (UMLTM). I-Logix is backed by Phillips Ventures BV, Needham Capital Partners, ABS Ventures, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Gilde Investments, One Liberty Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. The company is headquartered in Andover, Mass., and has sales offices and distributors throughout the USA, Europe and the Far East.

Rhapsody is a registered trademark of I-Logix Inc. I-Logix and the I-Logix logo are trademarks of I-Logix Inc. OMG marks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks, service marks and/or certification marks of Object Management Group, Inc. registered in the United States.

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