Eric Newcomer answers some of my criticisms of his recent posting on MDA.
Great to see that we’re not that far apart, and kudos to Eric for openly acknowledging a slight change of mind — something you don’t find very often. Interestingly, many opponents of code generation tend to compromise on the viability of doing one-shot generation without later on going to back to the model, while I believe that this is even worse than not doing code generation at all.
One interesting point remains: Eric believes UML to unsuited for modeling Web services. I see no reason why this should be the case. I strongly agree that Web services are not distributed objects, but of course UML can be used to model non-OO concepts as well. In fact, we are using UML in one of our projects to model Web services, and we definitely do not take a distributed objects approach.
Maybe I should illustrate this using an example. Anyone got a nice Web service I could use? ;-)