Normalized Systems development tools
NSX has developed a suite of development tools to assist organizations during the systems development process of information systems based on Normalized Systems Theory.
The schematic drawing below represents how the NS platform enables developers to interact with the four dimensions of variability: analysis models, skeleton versions, utility frameworks, and custom craftings.
The models can be specified and authored in the NS Modeler and/or the NS Prime Radiant, or even directly in the XML files that are used to store and exchange the models. The skeleton versions and utility frameworks can be specified in the Prime Radiant, or directly in XML.
Expansion of the skeletons, including harvesting and re-injection of the custom craftings, can be activated from within the Prime Radiant, from a command-line interface (CLI), or from a standard IDE like IntelliJ. Such an IDE, or basically any editor that developers use for coding, can also serve to program the custom code.
The NS Modeler allows the software analysts and designers to draw in an interactive way the various models of the software systems.
More specifically, the analyst is able to draw data models, similar to Entity-Relationship Diagrams, and workflows as state machines.
The NS Prime Radiant provides a unique overview and control over the various information systems, decoupling the four dimensions of variability: analysis models, skeleton versions, utility frameworks, and custom craftings.
Moreover, it is the Prime Radiant who unlocks the continuous regeneration and rejuvenation that leads to the unseen evolvability of NS software.
Based on the data and flow models, the NS Expanders will expand the various elements, and generate the software skeleton of the information system.
This application skeleton is highly evolvable, as it is guaranteed to be free of combinatorial effects.