We are an independent software vendor (ISV); we develop and market
META-TOOLS FOR AUTOMATING SOFTWARE WORK
…and we provide training and consulting in their use.
We also provide general consulting and expert witness services.
NOTE — in 2013 our
from Pennington SYSTEMS
INCORPORATED to XTRAN,
Our Web and email addresses changed
Wouldn't you like to automate your software work?
|Reduce cost of software creation
||Shorten software schedules
|Get more done with existing software staff by multiplying their effort||Increase and monitor software
|Reduce risk of delayed delivery, cost
overruns, or even project failure
|Increase transparency and accountability
You can, using XTRAN!
XTRAN is a software meta-tool we have developed that marries compiler and expert system technologies to automate software tasks throughout the Software Development Life Cycle — manipulating a wide variety of computer languages, data, and text — using a rules language that can be learned by any senior software developer.
XTRAN is used by large and small organizations around the World to automate their assessment, transformation, and translation of code, data, and text:
code and data become clay,
XTRAN's rules language creates the modeling
and you are the sculptor."
— Stephen F. Heffner, author of XTRAN
"When you first read
about XTRAN's capabilities it sounds like
There are numerous working examples
available of its capabilities
so you can see its usefulness for
— Charlie Bess, EDS / HP Fellow
(retired) in his blog,
"Beyond the Intersection of Business and IT"
"We have used this product because
we had to convert our software
written in various languages, among those
Pascal. Migration on a new
processor board was mandatory and we also
used the opportunity
to have the code written in C++ and cleaned
"XTRAN is a great tool to achieve such a
conversion. Steve's support
was great too. With only 2
programmers and XTRAN, we managed the
of a decade of investment in a short time."
— Bernard Lacoste, CEO of
(now Hub Parking
It's all about leverage
XTRAN's rules language provides tremendous leverage in automating software work. Minor tasks take hours to automate, significant tasks take days, and major tasks take weeks.
Here are some illustrations involving relatively small software tasks, with links to the relevant examples. Most of these XTRAN rules are generalized and parameterized, so they can be used in many different situations. Many are also language-independent, so they are usable without change for many languages.
|Software task automated|| Time to create & debug rules
|Create HTML image table from image file name list||< 1 hour|
|Mine Web pages for keywords||< 1 hour|
|Forensic analysis of function signatures||1 hour|
|Link parent statements with ending child statements, render as HTML||1 hour|
|Count significant word occurrences in text||< 2 hours|
|Sum integer DSV field for each of another field's text values||< 2 hours|
|Markov analysis of code statement type transitions, output as DSV||< 2 hours|
|Colorize code based on nesting depth, render as HTML||< 3 hours|
|Prepare DSV data for sorting||< 3 hours|
|Highlight expressions & operators, render as HTML||< 3 hours|
|Indexed data storage & interactive retrieval||< 3 hours|
|Create shell script to renumber files||< 3 hours|
|Add I/O documentation to code||4 hours|
|Highlight file & terminal I/O, render as HTML||4 hours|
|Manipulate tree dependencies||< 6 hours|
|Error-check HTML links & create site map||8 hours|
XTRAN comes with many existing rule sets, including those listed above, for automating a wide variety of tasks, so you can start using it right out of the box. And, after training, you can modify existing rules or create new ones to make XTRAN do exactly what you want.
What can XTRAN automate?
- Code assessment / analysis — including both ad hoc and production, from simple to very complex
- Code transformation / re-engineering — applying transformations to existing code, from simple to very complex
- Code translation — including assemblers to higher languages and many other language combinations
- Code generation — such as compilation
- Data analysis and manipulation — including delimited lists, regular expressions, and a content addressable data base facility
- Text analysis and manipulation — documents, books, transcripts, etc.
- Combinations of the above
Areas of XTRAN application
Via its rules language, XTRAN provides automation of virtually any software task to the greatest possible extent. We support this claim with many .
- Code quality and standards — assessment and monitoring , code quality improvement and standards remediation
- Reverse engineering architecture from a body of code
- Legacy modernization — impact assessment and code transformation
- Code migration and porting — impact assessment, code transformation and translation
- Forensic code, data, and text analysis — for Information Security, law enforcement, and civil litigation
- Code visualization
- Code utilities
- Web utilities
- Data analysis and manipulation
- Text analysis and manipulation
- General utilities
- Year 2000 (Y2K) Impact Analysis (preserved as an XTRAN illustration)
How can XTRAN benefit you?
XTRAN's benefits apply to any organization with responsibility for a significant amount of code. To find out how, please review the following common benefits first:
Then return here and select the organization type that best describes you:
- Computer manufacturer
- Independent software vendor (ISV)
- Software services vendor, including outsourced services
- Enterprise architecture / IT consultant
- Expert witness / forensic analyst / law enforcement
- IT department
Why XTRAN, LLC?
Whether you want to document, analyze, standardize, improve, or re-engineer your code, need to change programming languages, computer hardware, operating systems, or APIs, or analyze or manipulate data or text, our software and services can help you. Put our 50+ years of creating sophisticated, high quality software to work for you!
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