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Subject: RE: [emergency-msg] Pre-Face-to-Face Meeting Looks unlikely

Hi Everyone,

As I said, I don't favor either tool, and I have installed both, but 
since Renato and, I assume, Karen have an investment in VP, and I 
expect they would be able to read any files we produce using the 
Community Edition, which is free, though not open source, I would now 
lean that way. However, I agree with Tim, let's just get the work 
done and sort out the tools issue later.


At 9:20 AM -0500 12/1/06, Tim Grapes wrote:
>I recommend we do not defer a tool decision, and we should not spend cycles
>in the FtoF discussing this.  We have a specific urgent need and a lot of
>work to do.  Let's get the diagrams and the spec done and in public comment,
>and then raise the tool discussion up to the TC (or maybe OASIS overall?) to
>consider the benefits of applying a single UML tool.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com]
>Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 7:49 PM
>To: Renato Iannella; Emergency_Mgt_Msg_SC
>Subject: Re: [emergency-msg] Pre-Face-to-Face Meeting Looks unlikely
>Thanks Renato,
>We should hold off on deciding between VP and ArgoUML until we've had
>a chance to weigh the consequences for existing work. Regardless,
>however, we would need to opt for the Community (Free) Edition of VP
>unless they might be persuaded to donate some copies for us to use.
>However, I did not have a worthwhile result in my attempt to persuade
>IBM to duplicate their prior donation of Rational tools to another
>TC.  They eventually stopped responding when it was clear that their
>attempts to foist me off onto a sales rep were as ineffective at
>securing a sale as my attempts at soliciting a donation. In order
>words, I won't bother with it again, but I would be happy as a clam
>if anyone else were able to get VP or MagicDraw or even old Big Blue
>to make such a donation.
>The file format issue has always been the major failing of UML, and
>XMI, even when it works, suffers from the mismatch between vendor
>implementations of the standard. It is one of the reasons, oddly
>enough, for my goal of inching us toward an MDA approach backed up by
>reference implementations of object libraries. IT"S one way to get
>good operational interoperability, and severely discourage vendor
>implementations that are just a few key steps short of genuine
>interoperability, but that are very effective arguments for
>vendor-specific solutions that pay lip service to standards.
>At 10:03 AM +1000 12/1/06, Renato Iannella wrote:
>>On 1 Dec 2006, at 01:54, Tim Grapes wrote:
>>>   I am downloading and installing Visual Paradigm
>>>UML Community Edition (free w/restricted capabilities, okay for
>>>modeling purposes) and ArgoUML(free open source w/liimited
>>>capabilities also okay for modeling purposes),
>>We use VP-UML (Modeller Edition).
>>I just tried importing/exporting between VP-UML and ArgoUML and
>>it failed miserably!! (so much for XMI interoperability)
>>Cheers...  Renato Iannella
>>National ICT Australia (NICTA)
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Starbourne Communications Design
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Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-849-2309

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