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Question by gurl
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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A goal stated by many vendors of CASE products is to have CASE ultimately be able to automatically generate (and regenerate to any platform and with any changes) 100 percent of the code, error-free, for a new or modified information system. This goal is considered important in order to achieve systems development productivity gains necessary to deal with systems backlog, to improve system quality, and to enhance our ability to maintain systems. Do you think this goal is possible? Why or why not?

Answer by Adrian Buehlmann
Submitted on 3/12/2005
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Q: Is it possible? - A: No.
Why: if you want a representation of a software that is equivalent to code then this representation must be as much detailed as code. So the code itself is the ultimate representation. On the other hand, diagrams like the UML notation can help on your way to code, but they cannot replace it. If you feel that working on the code level is "too dirty" then think about making your code less dirty. Make it clearly understandable (for yourself and others) - but not by adding comments. Too much comments are a bad sign and comments quickly deteriorate.

Adrian Buehlmann - http://www.cadifra.com


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