August 19, 2002 2:37 PM PDT

Rational rethinks modeling tool for .Net

Rational Software has updated its development tools to support Microsoft's .Net software strategy.

Rational on Monday spruced up its XDE Professional tool with support for Microsoft's Visual Basic.Net language and ASP.Net class library technology, which makes it easier to build complex Web-based business systems by handling much of the underlying plumbing.

XDE Professional, originally released in February, is a tool that allows software developers to "model"--or create graphical representations of--their software, so they need to write less code to build applications.

Rational has released three editions of the XDE tool: one that supports Microsoft's Visual Studio.Net tools suite, another that supports IBM's WebSphere Studio Java development tool, and a third that combines both the Java and .Net editions. .Net is Microsoft's overarching strategy for software design and Web services development.

The original version of XDE for .Net edition supported Microsoft's C# language. The new XDE--with the Visual Basic.Net and ASP.Net support--will ship within 30 days. A future iteration will support the C++ language, said Bill Taylor, Rational's director of developer marketing.

Rational also released or updated a handful of testing tools. Test RealTime, which tests, find bugs and fixes problems in software programs, now has support for Java in addition to the original C, C++ and Ada languages. Beyond this, the company has added support for the Linux operating system to PurifyPlus RealTime, used for analyzing a program while it is running. The RealTime tools can be used for embedded systems, such as computer systems used in cars, set-top boxes and cell phones, Rational executives said.

Meanwhile, Rational has also partnered with software maker CommerceQuest to build a tool--called MQTester for Rational--that tests the performance of IBM's MQ-based business messaging software.

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I really feel a need to comment on PurifyPlus. I'm not sure if I'm the only person that has had a very bad experience with Purify Plus, but I don't see many reviews of the software on the web.

My company bought a 1 user license for the Windows version of PurifyPlus in 2013 and I've found the product to be nearly unusable. Despite IBM's outstanding support, it took at least 10 hours of my time to get thru their incredibly complex installation procedures. (and I'm just installing it on a single laptop). I spent many hours on the phone with their support desk just getting it installed.

Things didn't get any easier after installation. Every time we turn on purify inside Visual Studio, it crashed VS. We've never gotten it working correctly inside VS. After a couple more calls to their support center and not getting it working, I eventually gave up on the program and decided to spent my energy elsewhere.

In total, I probably spent 20 hours of my time, over $500 and got nothing out of PurifyPlus but frustration. The bizarre thing is that, about 7 or 8 years ago, I downloaded a demo version of Purify and was extremely impressed with it. It was very easy to use back then. That's the only reason why I decided to spend money to use it again.

I eventually just gave up on trying to get PurifyPlus to work and tried Valgrind in Unix (it's free, by the way). I'm not exaggerating when I say that it took less than 5 minutes to get that working.
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