On March 8, 2007, Bertrand BRAUNSCHWEIG delivered a report on the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group activities in 2006. The report was given within the CAPE-OPEN 2007 Annual Meeting held in Heidelberg, Germany.
After listing the names of the representatives of various organizations involved in the M&T SIG in 2006, B. BRAUNSCHWEIG stated the key responsabilities of this Special Interest Group:
- Deliver recommendations, supporting software tools, and check conformance of specifications proposed by other SIGs
- Extend the application of CAPE-OPEN standard to the .NET framework
Then B. BRAUNSCHWEIG outlined the specific objectives defined for 200 and the corresponding deliverables:
- Define best practices / cookbook for developing COM CAPE-OPEN compliant components using .NET
- Study on the pros and cons of moving to native .NET interfaces for CAPE-OPEN
An additional deliverable is the training course on March 7, 2007 with Bill BARRETT (U.S. EPA) and Lars von WEDEL (AixCAPE e.V.) as instructors.The course covered the following points:
- Introduce .NET. What is it? Advantages?
- How can .NET communicate with COM?
- How can we use and implement CAPE-OPEN interfaces with .NET?
Then B. BRAUNSCHWEIG listed the possible applications of .NET with COM and the highlights of CO-LaN’s .NET Roadmap.
In conclusion the objectives for 2007 were given, including the delivery of a prototype Unit Operation in .NET.