Intro (just a little rambling)
When I was a boy there were still people arguing if a mule was better than a tractor – now that really tells you how deep south I grew up. And did you know that tractor salesmen actually had to train farmers to put oil in their tractors. Enough of the trivia, but guess what, we are in the same place with software development today. Most software projects fail on one of three counts – budget, schedule, or performance. There has to be a better way. But be careful if you suggest one!
I once got dismissed from a job for merely suggesting that we automate code production…the angry supervisor told me they would never use automated code production techniques. I can understand that…who would want to let go of a talent that has taken you years to acquire. Of course by the time he had his one program written (and in the 80% bottleneck of debugging) I had written 4 with architectures rooted in solid frameworks that I did not create.
However don’t believe me… Adobe, Microsoft, and Google are all on the same bandwagon with programs like…Flash Catalyst, Sketch Flow, and Google Apps inventor. Sure everything isn’t perfect, but it is where everything is going (where everything must go).
Rapid code generation based on graphical interfaces built on solid frameworks …You can keep feeding your mule or start oiling your tractor.
ULM4AS (what we really did)
Well this was a great meeting. We downloaded ULM4AS and demonstrated how to create UML diagrams in Flex. This can really come in handy when working with large programs.It syncs and error checks … it will find errors that your Flex compiler will not!
Next Meeting we are starting a new mobile app…future engine!
To get started with UML4AS go to
Everything you need to get started is on this website including videos. No need for me to reiterate it here!