The idea of a “software factory” may not be new, but it’s getting new attention thanks to the work of ObjectBuilders, a software provider based in suburban Philadelphia. The company in mid-May unveiled a service called The Software Factory, calling it a logical outgrowth of its custom software business.
Third-party applications, such as Business Objects’ Crystal Reports, FileNet’s Process Designer, and Microsoft’s Access and FrontPage, supply the basic functions of a Software Factory application. The secret behind The Software Factory is a pair of ObjectBuilders’ own tools, LiveIntegrator and LiveModeler, which output so-called LiveXML documents instead of traditional code.
According to the company, LiveIntegrator can create composite applications from third-party apps, or others developed within the enterprise. LiveModeler abstracts data sources from databases or Web services, permitting developers to combine the sources into a business model and publish them as one or more LiveXML documents. End users consume those documents using the LiveApp Player rendering engine to access the data sources.