Sunnyvale, Calif.--June 26, 1997--Cygnus Solutions (Sunnyvale, Calif.) announced the immediate availability of Source-Navigator 3.3.1, a multiplatform, multilanguage, graphical source code browsing and editing tool. Source-Navigator allows efficient visualization of existing, large-scale software projects in C/C++, Java, Tcl, and FORTRAN without requiring changes to developers' methodologies or software management systems. Cygnus also announced Source-Navigator Lite, a configuration of Source-Navigator that is targeted at single developers and is available free of charge.
Based on browser and database technologies, the architecture of Source-Navigator provides users quick visualization and navigation within software projects. Source-Navigator is also customizable, with a scriptable API that allows integration into other source code processes including configuration management, documentation, and testing. Source-Navigator aids developers in determining which components are impacted within a project by enabling the visualization of code changes, giving developers increased efficiency of the test and integration process.
Source-Navigator Lite is a size-limited version of Source-Navigator 3.3.1 for the single developer that offers full functionality on projects featuring up to 50,000 lines of code. Source-Navigator Lite is the default configuration when installing and it is available for use free of charge. Developers can upgrade to the production version by purchasing a license key from Cygnus. A license key will allow the built-in database to scale to support projects exceeding one million lines of code, and provides full access to the API.
Source-Navigator enables developers to understand and visualize complex code relationships on the fly--maximizing developers' productivity:
- Scalability based on database technology--the tool parses and builds a relational database of the project and provides real-time querying of code relationships such as cross-references and hierarchy.
- Powerful visualization--inheriting projects is simplified when the architecture of the source code can be viewed and understood, regardless of "institutional knowledge."
- Shortened learning curve--new engineers brought up to speed faster by browsing structural views of an entire project.
- Understanding large and complex projects--all developers can understand greater contextual information and assess the impact of their code on an entire project, thereby increasing the efficiency of the test and integration phase.
Source-Navigator is now available on CD-ROM, or it can be electronically downloaded from Cygnus' Web site at http://www.cygnus.com/product/snavigator. Source-Navigator operates on Unix and Windows NT platforms, Solaris 2.3 and higher, IBM AIX 4.1, HP-UX 10.10, RedHat Linux, and IRIX 5.3, 6.2 and Windows NT. Pricing for the sourcecode tool starts at $3,000 and an annual maintenance contract including support and regular product updates is available.
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