Ivar Jacobson interview: next generation development methodology

In This InfoQ video interview, Ivar Jacobson, one of the founders of UML, RUP, use cases, introduces his vision for a next generation development methodology that is both agile yet large like UP, by having humans collaborate with ‘Intelligent Agents’. Ivar also talks about his views on UML, MDA, AOP, and the future. Recorded at JAOO (jaoo.dk).

AnthillPro 3: Build Management and Application Lifecycle Automation Server

Urbancode has announced the release of AnthillPro 3, a build management and application lifecycle automation server.

Supporting a distributed server/agent architecture, AnthillPro3 allows for distributed and multi-platform builds, automated unit, functional, and performance tests, as well as deployments to multiple environments. An embedded workflow engine provides the ability to define consistent and automated processes that integrate with existing Change Management Systems as CVS, ClearCase, Harvest, PVCS, Perforce, Starteam, Subversion and VSS. Roles based security guarantees separation of responsibility and together with guaranteed traceability and built-in audit reports provides a compliance solution out of the box.

Usage scenarios includes Automated Build, Multi-platform Build, Continuous Integration, Distributed Performance Tests, Dependency Management or Promotion and Deployment through QA, UAT, and PROD.

(Via TheServerSide)

What Tools Enable Your Agile Process?

Trail Ridge Consulting is interested in knowing what tools your team and organization use to enable, manage and scale your agile process. You could take the online survey before October 31, 2006.

(Via InfoQ)

the SOA trailer movie…

IBM announced its largest ever lineup of new software and services for building and expanding a services oriented architecture (SOA)

(Via WebSphere-World)

Cobol: a death language?

A recent survey, conducted by Computerworld at 352 companies, revealed that a lot of them are still using Cobol actively.

“A lot of people have said they were going to get rid of the mainframe, but that hasn’t happened. And for us, all that code is working. There’s no sense in rewriting it.”

“For years, pundits have said that the way to avoid the headaches of maintaining Cobol – and mainframes, green screens and other legacy paraphernalia – is to replace them. But that hasn’t happened, even in the massive Y2k remediation effort.”

But the most amazing fact of all is that 58% said they’re using it to develop new applications. Viva Cobol!

See the full report at Cobol Coders: Going, Going, Gone?

(Via Mainframe)