The Jackson Workbench is an integrated suite of Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools that support the Jackson System Development (JSD) and Jackson Structured Programming (JSP) methods for designing computer software systems. The key components of the Jackson Workbench suite are as follows :-
- Structure Editor - which is used to edit the internal JSP structure of processes, and generate software source code
- Network Viewer/Editor - which allows JSD specification and implementation network diagrams to be constructed
- Structure Publisher - which automatically creates HTML documentation from JSP structures
- Batch Converter - which allows previously created JSP files to be converted to source code in batch
The Keywood Workbench draws these components together in a powerful project-based environment. It is available in a number of different configurations comprising some or all of the components, in addition each of the components are available as stand-alone tools. The Workbench is intended to be a total solution for Jackson software development, and as such can be used for diverse roles such as :-
- As a direct-replacement for legacy tools such as PDF, JSP Tool, JSP-MACRO and JSP-COBOL
- For new development targeting any language (e.g. C, Java, COBOL, Delphi, Ada, etc...)
- As a transition tool for converting large amounts of old JSP/JSD to another form
- Purely as a graphical design and documentation tool
Note that a prerequisite for the use of these tools (and a full understanding of this help) is a familiarity with both the JSD and JSP methods, as explanations necessitate the use of terms defined by those methods.
Click here for more information on the way that these tools support the methods described above.
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