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Installing DSL and PLiX

Last post Mon, Jun 23 2008 13:37 by John Bonavia. 2 replies.
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  • Mon, Jun 23 2008 11:45

    Installing DSL and PLiX

    Hi - I used to work with InfoModeler "long ago" and am just picking up on Norma: delighted to see a comprehensive implementation of ORM to replace the Visio half-implementations - the most complete was I think Visio 2001 but even so, far from complete. I have a question and a comment:

    Question:The setup for VS 2005  installs DSl and PLiX. Are these prerequisites for Norma or just nice-to-have associated tools?  Ionly ask because I try to simplify my already overloaded machine!.

    Comment: Does seem thatPLiX is a somewhat unfortunate name - there are SO many other "things" in different worlds called PLIX - some confusingly IT-related like the plix-plone-blix group of names. But I suppose we just have to be careful with our Google terms.

  • Mon, Jun 23 2008 13:21 In reply to

    Re: Installing DSL and PLiX

     Hi John,

    Yes, you'll need both; but they are small compared to something like Visual Studio.  Speaking of which, you'll need VS Standard or better for the current implementation.  If you use VS 2008, the DSL tools are already covered in that install (the reason you don't see them in zip folder for that package).  The PLiX is essential for all the generated mappings (I don't know if you could run the tool at all without it - but you'd lose all capabilities to generate DDL, XML, etc...).

    I liked some of the aspects of InfoModeler too.  In all, ORM2 is better; and the nORMa tool has come along way.  Do keep in mind that it's still CTP, so your feedback, added to others here, will help the team.  You may not know that the admin of this site, Ken Evens, is a co-author of the definitive manual for ORM in Visio for Enterprise Architects; a source for your questions about that tool.

     If you have VS on your taxed system, the tools install isn't likely to be the straw....  If you do need to clean things up, consider taking out some parts of VS that you know you won't need.  Lot's of people load up stuff they'll never use as part of the default install.  I'd bet you would save much more than the cost of adding DSL and PLiX.


  • Mon, Jun 23 2008 13:37 In reply to

    Re: Installing DSL and PLiX

    Hi - thank you for the quick reply!  It wasn't so much a "size" question about DSL and PLiX- I saw they were pretty small - more just the famous William of Occam maxim -  'entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem", roughly translated as "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity" (Good ol' Wikipedia provided the memory jog) .

     Thanks again,

    John B.

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