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Some thoughts on 'perfect' application development

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John Reynolds had an interesting post a little while back where he shared some thoughts on Perfect development tools. His emphasis was on support for things like iterative and test-driven development but it seems to me that there is also a need to move application development beyond code.
While developers do need development environments that support new approaches to developing code that works and that help speed and improve the application development process, they also need tools that help them move beyond code. In particular they need a development environment that:
  • Ensures that decision-making logic is managed declaratively as a set of business rules
  • Integrates analytics into this decision-making logic in a useful way
  • Helps them put process or workflow into a process management tool
  • Helps them define events and how events will be correlated and processed
As long as development environments assume that everything can and should be written as code, I do not believe they will be "perfect". Code is the right way to do a whole bunch of things in application development but organizations are discovering that new tools for managing events, processes and rules are effective at increasing agility and bringing business users into the application evolution process. Similarly the importance of analytics is only growing. Excluding application developers from these trends is in no-one's best interests. A perfect development environment should support these concepts and integrate it with tools for effective code development.

I have blogged before about Application Development 2.0 as well as the power of business rules in model-driven development/agile and the ways in which decision management affects the Software Development Lifecycle.

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You guys are approaching perfection from two perspectives. His from a tactical, practical and implementation focussed perspective. You from a strategic and long term focussed perspective.

From a practical perspective, the tool needs to meet your criteria without compromising the understandability of the code or the development process. To date, I think that's been the big problem with attempts to introduce your functionality into mainstream application development.

James Taylor blogs about decision-management technologies such as predictive analytics and business rules, discussing how they deliver agility, improve business processes and bring intelligent automation to SOA.

James Taylor

James Taylor blogs on decision management for ebizQ, and is an independent consultant on decision management, predictive analytics, business rules, and related topics.

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