I-Logix Creates First Eclipse Plug-In for Model-Driven Development

2/16/2006 - I-Logix is the first Model Driven Development (MDD) solution provider to deliver an Eclipse plug-in for embedded systems and software development. New for Rhapsody 6.2, the Eclipse plug-in provides designers and developers with a more intuitive workflow for using Unified Modeling Language (UMLTM), and latest version Systems Modeling Language (SysMLTM) environments. The Rhapsody 6.2 release contains a powerful new Graphical Differencing of Static and Dynamic Diagrams capability, the first MDD environment to offer a differencing tool that allows users to visually compare UML, SysML and DoDAF (Department of Defense Architecture Framework) diagrams.

Following up on earlier Eclipse announcements from I-Logix, Rhapsody 6.2 delivers on the promise to create an intuitive Eclipse plug-in for the Rhapsody MDD environment. Users can now create an Eclipse configuration while working in the Rhapsody design environment, thereby improving the design process with a natural, intuitive workflow integration. Using the Eclipse plug-in, designers and developers have a seamless synchronization between the model and the code that automatically updates the IDE project with each model change and automatically updates the model after a change in the IDE as well. Traceability between the code and the model is enhanced with features that allow users to locate code fragments in the IDE from the Rhapsody model and locate model elements from the IDE. With the plug-in, users can build code in and out of the IDE, with the ability to launch the Eclipse debugger from the Rhapsody environment. The plug-in allows for target deployment and execution with synchronization between the Rhapsody environment and the VxWorks RTOS debugger. On the Rhapsody side, the plug-in roundtrips all changes and enables highlights in the model, providing the most natural workflow between Rhapsody and Eclipse. The Rhapsody Eclipse plug-in is validated using the Wind River device software development suite Workbench 2.4, which is based on Eclipse 3.1.

The new Graphical Differencing of Static and Dynamic Diagrams feature contained in Rhapsody 6.2 benefits users by improving the workflow to adapt to a rapidly changing design environment. Rhapsody users can now manage changes between diagrams in the model with a dynamic view of the requirements allowing a clear representation of the functional and graphical content of each diagram. This model-based change management feature extends the benefits of having a side-by-side screen comparison of differences between two versions of the same diagram, offering users the ability to see and trace changes at the most granular level of the design process. With users able to easily see and act on differences in diagrams, when a change is made to a diagram, the new information is automatically merged into the design so that all diagrams are in synch and accurate in the model. As a result, users productivity is significantly enhanced.

"Recognizing the tremendous momentum behind Eclipse, we are delighted to be the first vendor to provide a natural, easy way to work with Eclipse in the Model-Driven Development environment," Neeraj Chandra, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development, said. "Combined with the new flexible and powerful Graphical Differencing of Static Diagrams capability, Rhapsody 6.2 extends its lead over competing products as the fastest growing MDD product available today," Chandra states.

About I-Logix
Founded in 1987, I-Logix is the worldwide leading provider of Collaborative Model-Driven Development (MDD) solutions for systems design through software development focused on real-time embedded applications. These solutions allow engineers, in either small or very large distributed teams, to graphically model the requirements, behavior, and functionality of embedded systems. The design is iteratively analyzed, validated, and tested throughout the development process while automatically generated production quality code can be output in C, C++, Ada or Java languages. I-Logix solutions based on UML, SysML and DoDAF standards allow users to shorten development cycles, improve quality, reduce cost and increase productivity. Using I-Logix products, customers report productivity improvements of more than 30% upon initial deployments and up to 70% with reuse. I-Logix is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts and has sales and support centers throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.

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