Bayfront Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1992
to develop, market and support problem domain specific
program development tools.
The company was founded on the belief that too much of the effort using general-purpose tools is spent in describing the user's problem domain. Further, because general-purpose tools contain no problem domain information they provide no deep support for the user's problem. Two themes dominate the approach: problem domain specific solutions and education in the context of producing solutions.
|Bayfront Technologies first offering, Bayfront CAPE Tools™, was released in 1992 and revised in 1995. The CAPE (computer-aided protocol engineering) tools support the development of cooperating systems such as communications systems, distributed systems, operating systems, real time systems and process control systems. Bayfront's CAPE Tools have been used in products that are currently in operation internationally.|
|The company was founded by James Neighbors and Stuart Berman. In 1995 Stuart Berman left the company to found Arcxel Inc., a fibre-channel network products company. Arcxel merged with Vixel, Inc. and went public in October 1999. Subsequently Vixel was purchased by Emulex, Inc. where Stuart continues to serve as Chief Technology Officer. Margaret Neighbors, who had been with the company since its inception, took over his duties as Vice President.|
James M. Neighbors, Ph.D.
Dr. James Neighbors believes it is important to combine industrial and
academic experience. From 1969 to 1976
he built and deployed systems for algebraic manipulation,
computer-mediated problem solving, real-time
military applications, real-time commercial
applications, military networks, commercial networks, commercial
process control, and operating systems. From
1976 to 1980 he was a researcher specializing in Software Engineering
and Artificial Intelligence. During this
period he gained experience applying Software Engineering systems
analysis techniques to commercial systems.
He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the
University of California, Irvine, from 1980 to
1983. During this period he taught Software Engineering and
Artificial Intelligence at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research combined the
two fields to discover how to produce viable software systems from
reusable software components. From 1983 to
1992 he specialized in understanding the structure and aiding the
development of existing large (2M line and up)
software systems. Their development and management needs are
significantly different from the usual small
system techniques of Software Engineering.
He performed this analysis in many roles (e.g., consultant, Software
Architect, management, Vice President) on many systems (e.g., LAN/MAN/WAN networks, CAD, CAM, CAE,
financial program trading, object-oriented database, real-time graphics).
In 1992 he returned to the problem of
software construction from components as a principal in
Bayfront Technologies, Inc. The initial product for constructing
network protocols shipped in 1993 and has been sold worldwide.
During 1994 he was Principal Investigator on a
grant from the US Commerce Dept. to evaluate the practicality of
object-oriented techniques (resource brokers,
analysis, design and programming) as a basis for commerce on wide-area
networks. Since 1995 he has focused exclusively on methods and techniques
for Bayfront Technologies based on the experience with the initial product.
James M. Neighbors received a B.S. in Information and Computer Science (1974), a B.A. in Physics (1974), and a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science (1980), all from the University of California, Irvine. He was given the UCI Distinguished Student Scholar award for his dissertation work in 1980. In his dissertation Software Construction using Components he defined the concept of Domain Analysis. Usage of this concept was established in an operating demonstration system called Draco, which is a scheme for assembling software systems from reusable software components.
Margaret A. Neighbors, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Dr. Margaret Neighbors was trained as an Ichthyologist specializing in the morphology,
biochemistry, and ecology of deep-sea fishes. After completing her Ph.D. she
continued her research as a Curatorial Assistant, Instructor,
Postdoctoral Associate, and Lecturer. She remains a Research Associate in the
Section of Vertebrates (Fishes) at the
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Dr. Margaret Neighbors is a member of American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) , Insitiute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) , Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi, Southern California Academy of Sciences(SCAS), Western Society of Naturalists (WSN).
Currently she is serving as Treasurer of American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) . Most recently she contributed to The Ecology of Marine Fishes: California and Adjacent Waters from the University of California Press.