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Vista: a user interface for a distributed object-oriented software engineering environment

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3 Author(s)
Rodden, T. ; Comput. Dept., Lancaster Univ., UK ; Sawyer, P. ; Sommerville, I.

A prototype user interface for a distributed software engineering environment is described, where the components of the environment are autonomous agents with some inherent decision-making capabilities. Agents may be distributed across a local- or wide-area network. Two forms of interaction are supported; namely, direct manipulation and message passing. Synchronous interaction is supported via the direct manipulation of system objects. Asynchronous interaction is managed by a central server agent, distributing electronic mail messages to the appropriate human or automated agents. The functionality of the system is illustrated by examples drawn from the domain of software development

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Software Engineering Journal  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 1 )