By Christiane Floyd (auth.), Reinhard Budde, Karin Kuhlenkamp, Lars Mathiassen, Heinz Züllighoven (eds.)
"This convention will specialise in the user-oriented improvement of data structures. opposed to a historical past of modern strategies for the implementation of allotted structures according to computer desktops, numerous communicational, organizational and social concerns achieve expanding significance within the build ion of desktop established info structures. there's an pressing have to combine end-users and different affected teams into the improvement technique. New thoughts for approach improvement are hence wanted. " This used to be the start of the decision for Papers to the operating convention on Prototyping. operating within the fields of user-oriented software program build ion and the research of communique difficulties among builders and clients we, that's the GMD workforce inquisitive about this convention and in getting ready its court cases, eventually came upon a variety of new suggestions to beat the issues sketched above. innovations targeting the short build ion of an operative method similar to "rapid prototyping" or options aiming on the human and organizational part of the advance approach akin to "Systemeering". Even on a re-assessment, the multitude of other ways, phrases and instruments nonetheless prompted confusion. yet regardless of the variations each notion looked as if it would have anything to do with "Prototyping". This, despite the fact that, proved to be of little aid to us, as the time period "Prototyping" itself grew to become out to be rather "fuzzy". during this evidently burdened state of affairs we made up our minds that it used to be time for a operating con ference.
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Upon reflection, it appears that we used three different prototyping techniques. First, we used new and existing tool parts to rapidly prepare new tools. Second, we prepared general, table-driven tools that could be easily modified to provide a new capability for trial use. Third, we used computer-augmented manual procedures to quickly check the feasibility and desirability of a tool that was perceived as needed. Our tendency to implement re-usable tool parts and the Unix capability to fairly easily prepare tool part invocation control programs were critical to our successful use of these techniques for prototyping.
The technical aspects of effective prototype implementation are most important for the actual development of the prototype. High level languages like Prolog can be used for prototyping •. In the application domain we have chosen, LISP machines or similar advanced workstation computers also provide good support for prototyping (cf. [LAUBSCH,WEINREB ]). 5 Object-Oriented System Architecture We will now give a short introduction to an object-oriented architecture model. is meant as a basis for the considerations in chapter 2.
The presentations within the working group meetings can be classified as follows (References that are only given by the name of the authors related to contributions within this volume): 28 DeveLopment Strategies, Software Engineering Environments and TooL-sets The contributions of D. Nelson and F. Parbst are showing different aspects on this theme. D. NeLson emphasizes the simiLarity of maintainence strategies, versioning and enhancement strategies towards prototyping and tries to make the experiences in this fieLd vaLid for a prototyping strategy.