Business application design and development tool using the data model as the starting point
Visible Developer's model-based approach to software development dramatically reduces the amount of custom code your team must write. To generate a application consisting of one or more business objects (or software components) you use:
Business Object The generated application consists of a user interface (Visual Basic forms, web browser, etc.) and business objects. Each business object is packaged in two 'design layers'. The logical layer contains business rules and the persistence layer contains database access logic. Business objects are defined using schema information. Using Developer's interface, you select the related tables and fields included in the business object.
Database Schema The starting point is schema information consisting of tables, fields, and relationships. Developer imports schema information directly from the physical RDBMS, from Visible Analyst, or an XML document. A synchronization feature allows you to update the Developer's repository when you physical database design changes.
Design Information Developer provides a set of intuitive 'design-time' objects: properties, methods, rules, views, and look-up tables, used to refine the definition of your business object. Design information in your business object model is technology-neutral; implementation details are contained in code patterns. You can generate VB, Java, C++ versions of the same business object by applying different code patterns.
Code Pattern A code pattern is the detailed blue print for a business object. Each code pattern is designed for a specific language, application architecture and implementation approach. You can extend code patterns to incorporate common logic used in your applications. Under a separate license, you can even write your own code pattern.