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"What you save is what you get". Has somebody experience with this software [engineering] environment? -- FridemarPache

I am employed by ObjectTechnologyInternational, who wrote ENVY a long time ago. ENVY's descendants are VisualAge? for Smalltalk and VisualAge? for Java.

For what it's worth, I really dislike image based development having had my workspace corrupted on several occasions. Moreover, I don't see the point with Java when fuzzy parsers would do the trick much better. For Smalltalk it's necessary because Smalltalk is an environment, not just a language.

Speaking of which, it's not a software engineering environment; it's just a software environment. -- SunirShah


"I don't see the point with Java when fuzzy parsers would do the trick much better." -- OK, I'll buy that. Can you provide an example of any Java development environment which leverages this idea to better effect than the image-based VisualAge? for Java?

I like being able to change a method name and have the IDE automatically find references to the method. VAJ does this. It doesn't do it as well as I'd like, sadly...

Apparently VisualAge? Micro Edition does file-based storaged, but method-based browsing. Also, VisualC?++'s class browser uses its syntax highlighter to find methods, which isn't as powerful as I'd like. Both have file-based versioning only, though.


"OK, I'll buy that. Can you provide an example of any Java development environment which leverages this idea to better effect than the image-based VisualAge? for Java?"

VAJ does this well. Have you seen Intellij Renamer? http://www.intellij.com/ It also does this for a file system.

-- GlenStampoultzis?


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