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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla™ by Nigel McFarlane

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1.4. The RAD Environment

Having covered the platform briefly, let's look at the rapid application development (RAD) style of software development and see what it consists of.

RAD projects have some unique characteristics. The primary characteristic is just what it says: rapid application development. RAD projects have fast delivery of finished work as a primary goal.

The Mozilla Platform itself is not a RAD project. It is an Open Source project, where peer review, innovation, and architectural strategy are at least as important as fast delivery. Furthermore, the platform can be used in embedded software projects, a topic not covered in this book. Embedded software has as its main constraints footprint size, robustness, and low maintenance. Fast ...

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