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The Somusar/SoProTech[tm] Booklet Series
Volume I

"somusar/SoProTech: An Introduction"

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1. Introduction
2. Overview of SoProTech[tm]
3. Software Production Using SoProTech[tm]
4. Software System Layers and Pillars
5. Multifacet Software Entities
6. Software Molds
7. Generatable Files
8. The Somusar/File Generation Scheme[tm]
9. The Somusar Languages and Language Processors
10. Structure of a SoProTech Project
11. Further Reading

Chapter 2 - Overview of SoProTech[tm]

A typical software development project may be described in several ways. One of the most frequently used representation of software projects shows a sequence of steps where an analysis phase is followed by a design stage; a development phase and a testing phase, followed by the system deployment and maintenance phases, complete the cycle. Each stage provides feedback to its predecessor stage, thus allowing to correct problems or improving some aspects of that stage.

The illustration below shows where the SoProTech can mainly be applied in such a software development project: the stage of development in a broad sense - including the production of technical documentation - and the final maintenance stage are the stages that can most benefit from the SoProTech. Moreover, some of the activities involved in the design and testing phase can be significantly improved by means of the SoProTech. Finally, in some specific cases or tasks of the analysis and deployment stage the SoProTech might also prove to be useful.

Figure 1 - Role of SoProTech in a software project
Figure 1 - Role of SoProTech in a software project

The overall picture of SoProTech is shown in the next figure. Main components of the SoProTech are the Somusar/Software Production Machine[tm], a software "machine" that takes as its inputs Software Entities on one side, and Somusar/Software Molds[tm] on the other, and produces as its output virtually any type of software source code files, collectively referred to as generatable files.

Figure 2 - Overview of SoProTech
Figure 2 - Overview of SoProTech

The written texts in the rear part of the illustration above, as well as the background of the picture, represent the target of the SoProTech: high quality source software in virtually any human-readable computer language (the generatable files), automatically produced by the high-speed Somusar/Software Production Machine[tm] (in short, SoProMach[tm]), which is represented by the toaster-like appliance in the front center. Obviously, the "appliance" is only a convenient graphical representation of the software production process, which is actually performed by the Somusar language processors, Sisendel and Tefigel.

The small pentagons on the left represent Somusar/Software Entities[tm], which are text files describing structure, properties and facets of software entities using the Somusar/Sisendel[tm] computer language.

The drawing molds on the right represent Somusar/Software Molds[tm], each providing instructions and guidelines to automatically produce one given type of software file, such as an SQL script, a Java[tm] class, a COBOL program, or an HTML form, or many other types.

In short, the Somusar/Software Production Technique[tm] works as follows: the Software Entities are provided as input to the SoProMach, which processes them through the project-specific Software Molds, and produces in output a usually large number of software files.

For example, a Software Entity file "business/project.ef" can be processed through a set of Software Molds by the SoProMach to rapidly produce for that entity the following set of consistent source files:

  • An SQL script "business/DB/project.sql";

  • A Java[tm] class source file "business/LOGIC/Project.java";

  • A C++ class source file "business/LOGIC/Project.h";

  • An HTML edit form "business/UI/project.html";

  • An HTML documentation file "business/DOC/project.html";

  • A plain text metadata file "business/CORE/project.toc".

The complete generation, or re-generation, of the above source files is accomplished by the SoProMach in less than one second on a regular x86 PC running Linux®. Comparable results can also be achieved under Apple® Mac OS® X on PowerPC® or under Microsoft® Windows® on x86.

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