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Learning Objectives. Explain the Rapid Application Development (RAD) approach and how it differs from traditional approaches to information systems development Describe the systems development components essential to RAD Discuss the conceptual pillars that support the RAD approach

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Learning objectives
Learning Objectives

  • Explain the Rapid Application Development (RAD) approach and how it differs from traditional approaches to information systems development

  • Describe the systems development components essential to RAD

  • Discuss the conceptual pillars that support the RAD approach

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of RAD as an exclusive systems development methodology


Rapid applications development rad
Rapid Applications Development (RAD)

  • Systems development methodology created to radically decrease the time needed to design and implement information systems radically.

  • Five key factors

    • Extensive user involvement

    • Joint Application Design sessions

    • Prototyping

    • Integrated CASE tools

    • Code generators


The process of developing an application rapidly
The Process of Developing an Application Rapidly

  • RAD is a general strategy rather than a single methodology

  • Goals

    • To analyze a business process rapidly

    • To design a viable system solution through intense cooperation between users and developers

    • To get the finished application into the hands of the users quickly

  • Traditional SDLC steps are followed, but phases are combined

  • Iteration is limited to design and development phases


Components of rad
Components of RAD

  • User involvement is key to success

  • Prototyping is conducted in sessions similar to Joint Application Design (JAD)

  • Prototyping screens become screens within the production system

  • CASE tools are used to design the prototypes


Approaches to rad
Approaches to RAD

  • Martin’s pillars of RAD

    • Four pillars

      • Tools

      • People

      • Methodology

      • Management

    • Conversion to RAD within organization should be done with a small group of well-trained and dedicated professionals, called a RAD cell

    • Over time, cell can grow until RAD is the predominant approach of the information systems unit


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Approaches to RAD

  • McConnell’s pillars of RAD

    • Four pillars

      • Avoid classic mistakes

      • Apply development fundamentals

      • Manage risks to avoid catastrophic setbacks

      • Apply schedule-oriented practices

    • Table 19-1 lists some of McConnell’s 36 classic development mistakes


Approaches to rad2
Approaches to RAD

  • McConnell’s pillars of RAD (continued)

    • Development mistakes

      • Weak personnel

        • Employees that are not as well trained in skills necessary for success of the project

      • Silver-bullet syndrome

        • Occurs when developers believe that a new and untried technology is all that is needed to cure the ills of any development project

      • Feature creep

        • More and more features are added to a system over course of development

      • Requirements gold-plating

        • Project may have more requirements than needed


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Approaches to RAD

  • Software tools

    • Case tools can be used for

      • Prototyping

      • Code generation

      • Example: COOL:Gen

    • Visual Development Environments

      • Visual Basic

      • Delphi


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Approaches to RAD

  • Martin’s RAD Life Cycle

    • Systems requirement determination is done in context of a discussion of business problems and business areas

    • User Design

      • End users and IS professionals participate in JAD workshops

      • CASE tools are used to support prototyping

    • Construction

      • Designer creates code using code generator

      • End user validates screens and other aspects of design

    • Cutover

      • New system is delivered to end users


Rad success stories
RAD Success Stories

  • Inprise/Borland’s Delphi

    • U.S. Navy Fleet Modernization

      • Requirements

        • Move from three character-based systems to a unified, GUI-based system based on a single database

      • Reasons for choosing Delphi

        • Support for rapid prototyping

        • Promise of re-use of components

      • Outcome

        • System developed in 6 months

        • Estimated development savings of 50 percent

        • New system resulted in immediate 20 percent savings due to reduced maintenance costs


Rad success stories1
RAD Success Stories

  • Inprise/Borland’s Delphi (continued)

    • First National Bank of Chicago

      • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System

      • Delphi enabled rapid prototyping and development

      • 10 months of development time

      • 125 programmers

      • 250 million rows of data and 55 gigabytes of data on-line


Rad success stories2
RAD Success Stories

  • VisualAge for Java

    • Comdata

      • Modular Over the Road System (MOTRS)

      • IBM Global Services chosen as vendor

      • Servlets

        • Programming modules that expand the functions of the Web server

      • Applets

        • Embedded code run from client browser

      • Nine months to completion

        • Three months of research

        • Three months of coding

        • Three months of testing




  • Rapid Application Development Approach (RAD)

  • Components of RAD

  • Conceptual pillars that support RAD

  • RAD success stories

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of RAD