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IFS: a tool to build application systems

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1 Author(s)
Vo, K.-P. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, USA

The interpretive frame system (IFS), a tool for building application systems, is presented. IFS separates high-level design and user-interface programming from domain-specific programming. It offers a language suitable for implementing systems of interconnected tasks, simplifies the construction of sophisticated but easy-to-use user interfaces, and increases tool reuse in system construction. A system built with IFs is called a frame system, and it consists of four layers-the user interface, system structure, computational functions, and data architecture-which are described. The IFS language and programming environment are also described. A programming example is given. Reuse and prototyping are discussed.<>

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )