Chapter 2. Rapid Application Development

If the term rapid application development (RAD) were a Java method, it would have been deprecated long ago. As of the start of the new millennium, RAD had all but disappeared from the vocabulary of most software engineers.

Though the term is slipping from popular use as the hype surrounding RAD projects fades, the demand for rapid development is still as strong now as it was when RAD first emerged on the scene in the late 1980s. Despite tremendous advancements in the field of software engineering, telling statistics indicate the IT industry still struggles to realize the fast-paced demands of the business world.

So, what happened to RAD? If the requirement for RAD is as great now as it was 20 years ago, why ...

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