Flashline promises to cut redundant development

Flashline is unveiling the latest version of its flagship product, which is designed to help companies manage and reuse software...

Flashline is unveiling the latest version of its flagship product, which is designed to help companies manage and reuse software assets they built using web services, Java, .net, open-source and model-driven development methods.

Flashline 4 features five preconfigured "super-registries", called FlashPacks, to organise a company's software assets, said chief executive officer and founder Charles Stack.

A FlashPack serves as a central hub where developers can go to evaluate projects their colleagues are working on or have completed in specific development areas, such as web services, Java or Microsoft .net.

FlashPacks include XML-based schemata to describe the software assets, sample metadata, reports that measure the use of the assets and extensions to populate the registry automatically.

The Flashline Registry Advanced Edition introduces a graphical navigator to identify how software assets are related to particular projects and map those relationships between the various projects. Coupled with new assets-in-progress capabilities, the navigator can help reveal similar development efforts within or among projects, so that teams can eliminate redundant work.

To help teams meet their return-on-investment goals, Flashline is adding more comprehensive metrics to allow developers to see actual savings from every group that used a particular component, model or pattern, as opposed to merely showing the savings achieved by the group that created the component.

Other features include finer-grained role-based security down to the asset level and support for clustering in IBM's WebSphere and BEA Systems Inc.'s WebLogic application servers.

Forrester Research  analyst John Rymer said Flashline is pushing beyond mere storage, categorisation, security and check-in/check-out capabilities in Version 4. "They're providing some utilities that will help in maintaining, evolving and, ultimately, promoting much greater reuse of assets."

Flashline 4 will be available at the end of July; pricing starts at $70,000 for 75 users.

Carol Sliwa writes for Computerworld

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