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Sparx has release a new version of Enterprise Architect. This tool is by far the best software engineering tool available on the market today. I have been using it as my primary tool for Enterprise and Software Architecture for years now. If you have never checked it out, now is as good as time as any. Below is some of the information about the product along with links to more information. Enterprise Architect 10 Enterprise Architect 10 provides powerful new tools for user interface simulation, impact analysis, improved model documentation, enhanced project management and much more. New tools and technologies include SysML 1.3, GML, Document Fragments and Profile Helpers for extending UML. Enterprise Architect 10 Release Highlights: User Interface: Designed to improve productivity Diagramming: Superior visualization and traceability New Modeling Technologies: SysML 1... (more)

Book Review: Database Design for Mere Mortals

This book is THE book for the database beginner. It thoroughly covers design principles and process, and it covers them in depth. The book is broken into four parts, Part I: Relational Database Design, Part II: The Design Process, Part III: Other Database Design Issues, and Part IV: Appendixes. Part I starts with a chapter that gives the history of databases and the path we took to get where we are. It continues with a chapter that covers the reason to have a good design methodology and what the goal of the methodology should be. Chapter three is really cool for those just getting ... (more)

The Political Side of Silverlight’s Death

Let us say MS supports Silverlight for the next 10 years. That is great. But that means nothing to the customers I work with. Microsoft's poor communication over the past months built the coffin and BUILD put the nails in it when it was not even listed as a product. I lost a contract about 9 months or a year ago because of Bob M.'s comments, rebooted two Silverlight and one WPF project because of BUILD. I just restarted planning a major initiative that was to include a WPF interface, a Silverlight interface, an MVC interface, and an ASP.NET interface. It was luckily only a few w... (more)

Book Review: Software Architecture in Practice (3rd Edition)

It was hard to imagine this book getter any better than it already was. I guess that was because I never expected so many changes. This is the most I have ever seen a new edition of a book change. If you own the second edition, you will definitely want this new one. It is almost like another book. The big case studies are gone. They have been replaced with a ton of new material. If you don't own the first and second editions of the book, you can get the case studies on the publisher's web site. Below are the chapters in this third edition. Part One. Introduction 1. What Is Software A... (more)

Book Review: iOS Components and Frameworks

When I first started flipping through this book the diverse set of topics threw me for a loop. Then I read the introduction where the authors say, "This publication aims to provide development information on the intermediate-to-advanced topics that are otherwise not worthy of standalone books. It’s not that the topics are uninteresting or lackluster, it’s that they are not large enough topics." This book covers a wide variety of topics, and it covers them in enough detail that you have a good understanding of them by the end of the chapter. Only Game Center and Core Data are cov... (more)