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[2005-04-25] Evolutionary Data Development

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  • Scott W. Ambler
    I just wanted to announce two articles which you may find of interest. The first is Join the Evolution posted at
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 25, 2005
      I just wanted to announce two articles which you may find of interest. The
      first is Join the Evolution posted at
      http://www.sdmagazine.com/documents/s=9693/sdm0505c/sdm0505c.html. Modern
      applications typically use a combination of object technologies such as
      J2EE or C#, and relational database technologies such as Oracle or MySQL.
      Because of this, developers and data professionals clearly need to work
      together, but to do so, they must overcome a significant cultural impedance
      mismatch. Modern software development processes­including the Rational
      Unified Process (RUP), Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum and the Dynamic
      System Development Method (DSDM)­are all evolutionary (iterative and
      incremental) in nature. On the other hand, most data-oriented techniques
      are serial in nature, relying on specialists performing relatively narrow
      tasks such as logical data modeling or physical data modeling. Therein lies
      the rub: The two groups must work together, but want to do so in different
      ways. This article overviews techniques such as evolutionary data
      modeling, database refactoring, and how data professionals can become more
      agile. It also includes a vision for database tool vendors who wish to
      support evolutionary development.

      The second article is Rationally Unified Data posted at
      http://www.sdmagazine.com/documents/s=9693/sdm0505i/sdm0505i.html . This
      article overviews how data-oriented activities fit into a RUP project, a
      topic which is given short shrift in the RUP.

      - Scott

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      Scott W. Ambler
      Senior Consultant, Ronin International, Inc.
      www.ambysoft.com/scottAmbler.html

      www.agiledata.org -:- www.agilemodeling.com -:- www.ambysoft.com -:-
      www.databaserefactoring.com -:- www.enterpriseunifiedprocess.com -:-
      www.ronin-intl.com
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