Placitas, NM – August 13, 2001 – Excel Software today began shipping a
major upgrade of QuickCRC for designing object-oriented software with CRC
(Class, Responsibilities and Collaborations) cards. Software designers use
QuickCRC to quickly identify object classes, relationships and related
information before writing code. QuickCRC 2.0 adds enhancements for
flexible card printing, visual on-screen editing, HTML or text reports,
card relationships, card creation, namespaces and XML file storage.
CRC cards are a cost-effective approach for designing small software
projects and as a front-end to larger projects using the Unified Modeling
Language (UML). Although UML is a very expressive and rigorous notation,
methodologists often advocate using simple CRC cards to quickly collect
information during working team sessions. QuickCRC automates the process of
identifying classes, responsibilities and collaborations between objects
and provides a data link to MacA&D, WinA&D or QuickUML for UML modeling.
QuickCRC also works with MacTranslator and WinTranslator to automatically
generate CRC cards from existing C++, Java or Delphi code.
Printed cards are used during highly interactive CRC team sessions.
Flexible printing enhancements allow individual cards or groups of cards to
be selected and printed front and/or back with 1, 2 or 3 cards per page.
The new visual on-screen editing feature allows a designer to quickly drag
card, attribute and responsibility names between cards while the tool
automatically maintains all reciprocal relationships. In addition to
inheritance relationships between cards, aggregation and implemented
interfaces can also be modeled for modern OO languages like Java. The Notes
field is used to create long textual descriptions of a card. The Cards From
Text dialog is a quick way to create cards and related data by typing names
or selecting words from a text specification.
In addition to grouping cards into separate diagrams, each card can be
assigned a namespace. Namespaces are convenient for partitioning large
projects or mapping cards to different Java packages or code folders.
Namespaces allow greater selectivity when arranging, listing or print cards.
QuickCRC saves a project as an XML file. In addition to allowing Macintosh
and Windows users to share work, XML makes design information easily
accessible to a wide range of industry tools like editors and parsers.
QuickCRC for Macintosh runs on all Macintosh computers with MacOS 7.0 or
later. QuickCRC for Windows runs on Windows 95, 98, NT or 2000. QuickCRC is
priced at $295. It is available as a site license or upgrade for existing
customers. Visit www.excelsoftware.com for information, pricing and online
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