Embarcadero Describe - Working with Configuration Management Applications

Configuration Management (CM) enables you to baseline, rollback and set releases from historical and present information. It is the process of entering various artifacts of the software (or business) life cycle into a central repository for sharing and versioning purposes across the Enterprise.

Describe integrates with Source Code Control Interface (SCCI)-compliant Configuration Management applications as well as Concurrent Versions Systems (CVS). Describe utilizes various configuration management providers for versioning source code, UML meta data, or any other artifact that can be associated with modeling artifacts, directly from its own context menus. The granularity of versioned artifacts is completely user-defined, allowing you to version everything from the workspace down to an individual class.

Describe stores data in a variant XMI format, an XML representation of the UML Meta data. We say “variant” in that the XMI 2.0 standard was not ready when the Describe development team designed the persistence layer, so the XMI 1.4 format was enhanced with UML 2.0 constructs, as well as Describe-specific internal Meta data. This file-based method of storage gives Describe the ability to support the versioning of elements on a granular level within existing CM repositories. Individual class elements, as well as workspaces and projects can be versioned, allowing team members to simultaneously work on these elements.

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