OMG to vote on reusable asset spec

SAN FRANCISCO (11/13/2003) - The reuse of existing software development assets would become easier under a proposal to be pondered by the Object Management Group Inc. next week.

The OMG is expected to vote on adopting the "Reusable Asset Specification" (RAS) at a meeting in London next week, said Grant Larsen, model-driven development specialist at IBM Rational, who has been active in development of the specification. Following the vote, the proposal would then be subject to several months of further review before it could become finalized.

The genesis of the specification was that with the downturn in the economy, customers wanted to leverage existing software investments, Larsen said.

"What we found was we needed to come to some agreements on packaging the artifacts coming out of software development, such as models or source code or JAR (Java Archive) files," said Larsen.

The specification defines a software asset and endorses use of metadata captured in XML. It is intended to give predictability to software assets by providing a common structure for describing the assets.

IBM Rational already supports the specification in tools such as its Rational XDE tool, Larsen said. The specification previously had been the domain of the RAS Consortium.

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