"If you believe the hype, a Rapid Application
Development (RAD) tool means never having to write code again.
Instead of all that tedious writing, you click here and there, drag
a little, drop a little and-- Hey! Presto!--instant application.
Real problems call for real code, and the true value of a RAD tool
lies in how easily you can design, document, implement, test and
maintain a project. This article takes a closer look at Borland
Kylix, the facts, not the fiction.
There are three aspects to the rapidity of developing an
application: design, development and debugging. Kylix is a
development tool and offers no help at the design end. You can find
third-party design tools (mostly using UML) that work with Delphi
(Kylix's sibling for Windows). In time, they might be ported to
Kylix. For now, you are on your own.
For the actual coding and debugging, Kylix offers the usual
integrated development environment: source editor, syntax
highlighting, class browser, a WYSIAWYG (What you see is almost
what you get) GUI builder, integrated source-level debugger,
additional assembler-level debugger, database field editor, menu
editor, fast database access components, extensible,
object-oriented component framework, Internet components--hmmm,
maybe there's a little more than what you find in other RAD tools.
Let's take a closer look at some of Kylix's features." ...
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