Lattix Unveils Lattix LDM for NetBeans, Joins Partner Program

Lattix Inc., the provider of innovative software architecture management solutions, today announced at NetBeans Software Day at the 2006 JavaOne Conference that it has joined the NetBeans Partner program and is introducing Lattix LDM for NetBeans. With this new NetBeans plugin, Lattix further extends developers’ capabilities to visualize and maintain the architecture during application development by delivering the power of Lightweight Dependency Models (LDM) to formalize, communicate and control the architecture of NetBeans projects.

“We are very pleased to have Lattix join our Partner program and deliver its innovative solution on NetBeans,” said Judith Lilienfeld, Sun’s manager of Java Tools Evangelism. “The endorsement of NetBeans by Lattix will further extend the capabilities of NetBeans developers to visualize and maintain their architecture during application development.”

Lattix has pioneered an approach that uses system interdependencies to create an accurate blueprint of large, mission-critical software systems. Lattix LDM for NetBeans is the first commercial product to use a dependency structure matrix for a highly compact and scaleable representation of the entire system. With the LDM approach, architects and developers can analyze their architecture in detail, edit the structure to create what-if scenarios, and then specify design rules to formalize and communicate that architecture to the entire development organization.

“We are excited about our participation in the NetBeans Partner program. NetBeans users need the capability to map their application architecture to the actual code,” said Neeraj Sangal, president and founder of Lattix. “They now will have the means to test the architecture, detect violations while coding and prevent architectural erosion.”

Lattix LDM for NetBeans provides these unique capabilities:

  • Map architecture to actual code: Seamlessly go from the big picture to the detail; select a subsystem and examine the code associated with its dependencies
  • Test architecture and detect architectural violations while coding: Maintain the architecture during actual development and prevent architectural erosion
  • Refactor architecture: Combine architectural remediation suggested by Lattix LDM with NetBeans’ refactoring capabilities in order to decouple subsystems, remove unwanted dependencies and rename subsystems so the code organization reflects the intended architecture

Lattix LDM is part of the software architecture management solutions from Lattix, which enable companies to improve and maintain quality, enhance testability, lower costs through more effective development, and manage risks by understanding the impact of proposed changes.

What is Different About the Lattix LDM Approach
The new LDM approach offers these distinct advantages over current methods:

  • Precise – The matrix representation leverages the system hierarchy to aggregate dependencies and provide a precise, big-picture view. The LDM can be automatically synchronized with every build to identify changes and architectural violations. Developers can focus on their part of the system while maintaining the big picture.
  • Highly Scalable – The power of the hierarchy and the compact matrix representation enables the LDM to scale from hundreds to tens of thousands of classes. The Lattix LDM approach has been successfully applied to many large commercial systems in a various industries, including financial services and telecommunications.
  • Easy to Adopt – Lattix LDM automatically extracts dependencies and builds the LDM within seconds, so it is easy to deploy at any time in the software lifecycle. Architectural patterns are easy to discover and enforce in the dependency structure matrix.

About Lattix
Lattix is the leader of software architecture management solutions that deliver higher software quality and lower risk throughout the application lifecycle. Lattix LDM provides a new lightweight approach of utilizing dependency models for automated analysis and enforcement of architectures. Lattix is located in Andover, MA. Sales Contact: Lattix Inc., 8 Harper Circle, Andover, MA 01810; Tel: 978-474-5022; Fax: 630-604-3261; Email:

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