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The Bytesmiths Toolkit
During five years of Smalltalk consulting around the world,
Bytesmiths built a tightly integrated suite of team
VisualWorks productivity enhancements, including in-image hypertext
courseware, programming frameworks, development aids, and project
management tools. Just a portion of these tools was shown to improve
productivity by 8% on one project studied.
You can go directly to the Quick Tour
of the Toolkit or get the big picture below.
Development Process Management
Their most exciting work has been in extending
ENVY/Developer from a code management system into
the realm of project management. The
Bytesmiths BugTalker is a
bug tracking system that enables managers to quickly summarize the
state of a project via a graphical, interactive interface. Bugs can
be submitted directly from debuggers, with the actual context
captured for off-line examination in a real debugger for subsequent
diagnosis and repair. An innovative UI guides users through the
information-rich bug submission process. Tightly integrated email
notifies interested parties of task state changes.
Enhanced support for peer review is added, with reviewed methods
automatically marked as "un-reviewed" upon change.
Metrics are gathered on
various quality aspects of a module, and are recorded for future
comparison. A test framework records test code, benchmarks, and
Finally, the Bytesmiths
SmallDoc documentation support system (partially described
Objects ) allows developers and the merely curious alike
to peruse project documentation and
using a general-purpose hypertext facility. "Smart" templates
generate derived portions of documentation upon each use, therefore
assuring that the mechanical aspects of documentation are never out
of date. Documentation is nested via hyper-link; developers can work
on the portion of the document that is most concerned with a software
component without navigating undue clutter, while a peruser can
expand all nestings to see a linearized version of the document.
Programming frameworks included in the
Bytesmiths Toolkit include a fast
object serializer/deserializer (5-10 times faster than BOSS), a
progress indicating framework, a
remote object interface based
on TCP/IP sockets, a simple to integrate interactive
framework, an email interface, reusable views, and more.
Bytesmiths has enhanced the basic
VisualWorks ®/ENVY development
environment with improved
inspector facilities, enhanced menu extensibility, greater
maneuverability among browsers, and more. Carefully implemented
system modifications ease the development of custom widgets, and
integrate ENVY's hierarchical lists into the
VisualWorks GUI builder.
The Bytesmiths Toolkit is scheduled for release in Q2 1997. Please
contact us for further