Can Model Driven Architecture (MDA) be symbolised in a booth?

In one of the most unusual fair exhibition is this realized by an Indo-German IT company!
CeBIT 2006 Booth (PresseBox) (Hannover, ) The innovative MDA Specialist IT company demonstrates modern software re-engineering process in form of a temple ruin.

In CeBit Hall-8, Booth B03, a unique synergy between archeology and legacy systems re-engineering is on display. The ADA booth makes dramatic use of a partial model of the Angkor Wat to draw visitors’ attention to the analogy between Anastylosis and Legacy Software Re-engineering. The audio-visual presentation at the ADA booth shows how the stone-by-stone restoration of a ruin is exactly similar to the object-by-object re-engineering of a legacy system.

Anastylosis is an archeological procedure used to restore old structures based on modeling techniques. This was famously applied for restoring the ancient temple complex at Angkor Wat (Cambodia) and – closer home – the great cathedral at Dresden, the Frauenkirche. In ADA’s view, the Anastylosis concept of total architectural modeling prior to restoration is the ideal approach to re-engineering legacy software.

When discovered in the wilds of Siem Rep in 1861, Angkor was a vast ruin overrun with weeds and overgrown with gigantic trees. That is exactly what legacy software, patched and re-patched endlessly with “fixes”, looks like, where it is hard to tell the original code from the add-ons.

The process of Anastylosis first models the existing ruins with reference to the original structure in order to fully comprehend the structure, then it tries to re-use as many surviving parts as possible, and it uses modern techniques to restore the original.
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For more information, visit ADA at CeBit Hall-8, Booth B03 or browse their website at: www.adasoftware.com.

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