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Proceedings of 1st Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference

7-9 Dec 1994

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  • An analysis of the effects and evaluation of upper CASE tools for embedded microprocessors in Japan and the US

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):308 - 316
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    We have much difficulty in developing good software efficiently for embedded microprocessors (MPs) because of insufficient requirements analysis and incomplete product specification. To improve the situation, we often consider adopting an upper CASE tool. However, it is not clear that an upper CASE tool is effective in developing software for embedded MPs. We researched the software development en... View full abstract»

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  • Supporting user-analyst interaction in functional requirements elicitation

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):114 - 123
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    A critical phase in the task of software engineering is represented by the elicitation of requirements from the users. The paper presents a cognitive approach to the elicitation of functional requirements of software systems founded on the modelling of the application domain. The framework outlined is grounded on an incremental process aimed at building a description of the real world, as perceive... View full abstract»

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  • A hybrid program knowledge base for static program analyzers

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):400 - 409
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (1)
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    Static program analyzers (SPA) are interactive tools that enhance program understanding by answering queries about programs. An SPA extracts relevant information from input programs and stores it in a program knowledge base (PKB). In this paper, we present a hybrid PKB design model that integrates a relational database with attributed syntax trees. In the hybrid PKB, global properties of programs ... View full abstract»

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  • Applying object-oriented construction to fault tolerant systems

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):22 - 28
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    This paper investigates the application of object-oriented construction to fault tolerant systems. The resulting system provides traditional fault tolerance within objects, but also a new form of fault tolerance between objects: object diversity. Object diversity extends current practice by integrating diversity in two directions: data and algorithm. This resulting form will allow increased divers... View full abstract»

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  • Software Information Management System based on the entity-relationship model

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):420 - 427
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    Provision of software information, which includes all kinds of documents produced during software development and maintenance, is helpful to developers or maintainers. In this paper, we describe a system, called the Software Information Management System (SIMS), for effective management of software information to support software development and maintenance. SIMS also provides a facility for a gro... View full abstract»

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  • Fall-in C: a software tool for pitfall detection in C programs

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):256 - 265
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    Programming language C has a flexible structure, and its compiler generates compact and efficient object codes. However slight bugs (pitfall) which cannot be detected by the compiler may cause a serious error in C programs. We are developing a software tool Fall-in C to detect such pitfalls. The paper demonstrates the basic features of Fall-in C. In order to enable a programmer to correct the dete... View full abstract»

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  • Scalability for graph based CASE tools

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):317 - 326
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    Software engineering is particularly concerned with the construction of large systems. Existing software engineering tools tend to be adequate for medium size systems, but not as useful for large and very large systems. This paper presents a model viewing system as the basis for graph based CASE tools which overcomes this lack of scalability. With existing commercial tools the number of user steps... View full abstract»

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  • A model-based MICOM application software development method

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):124 - 132
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    Most electronics products have an embedded MICOM (MIcro COMputer) in which a control program runs. These programs, called microprograms, have usually been developed by electronics engineers in an ad hoc way. Severe competition among electronics companies, however, has forced them to adopt a systematic, engineering method. A model-based software engineering approach is developed in this paper to im... View full abstract»

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  • Developing distributed applications by semantics-based automatic replication

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):40 - 49
    Cited by:  Patents (2)
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    A new method for developing some types of distributed applications is presented. The main idea is to provide a generic tool by which a non-distributed service object can be developed into a replicated service object automatically, to provide the corresponding distributed service. A service object implements some abstract data types that can be accessed only by invoking the operations exported in i... View full abstract»

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  • BOOTSTRAP: a software process assessment and improvement methodology

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):183 - 196
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    The value of software process assessment and improvement has already been recognized for some time. Initiatives such as SEI or ISO 9001/9000-3 have selectively addressed the needs of software engineering community. BOOTSTRAP is an assessment and improvement methodology which addresses perhaps the widest sample of software producing organizations (SPUs). It offers integrated methods and tools for a... View full abstract»

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  • An approach to predict software maintenance cost based on ripple complexity

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):439 - 444
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    Almost half of a software maintainer's time is spent trying to understand programs. This means that software maintenance cost prediction depends on software understandability. We have proposed ripple complexity as a means to predict program understandability. This paper describes an experiment to prove the usefulness of ripple complexity. The result of this experiment has shown that ripple complex... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis and enactment of a distributed software process model: the AttNet model

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):278 - 286
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    Process modeling has become increasingly attractive in the software engineering community. In process modeling, the enactment of software process model is a dominant theme. In order to correctly and smoothly enact the software process model, it is necessary to detect the inconsistencies contained in the software process model early, before the software process model is instantiated to actual enact... View full abstract»

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  • A sentential function mapping method for object-oriented analysis and design

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):368 - 377
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    Points out the problems of OOA/D methods concerning function decomposition, the assignment procedure and its description methods. We suggest a practical method, called SSDM (sentential system design method), as a solution for those problems. SSDM makes use of the preliminary outcomes of an OOA/D method. With those as inputs, we first prepare semantic diagrams, and then, for each system function, w... View full abstract»

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  • Formal definitions of behavioural compatibility for active and passive objects

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):336 - 344
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    The modular refinement of object-oriented specifications requires a sound theory of behavioural compatibility of classes. Such a theory will depend on the way in which objects of a class interact with their environment. This paper defines two notions of behavioural compatibility. Observational compatibility is relevant when an active object is placed within a passive environment and operational co... View full abstract»

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  • A knowledge-based approach to regression testing

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):144 - 153
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    This paper describes a frame-based reasoning mechanism and its implementation for regression testing. It describes a prototype rule set for data flow-based retesting to illustrate how the knowledge-based system can be used to support a particular retesting strategy. The key function of the mechanism is to deduce and maintain the reusability of test cases. The system is based on frames and a truth ... View full abstract»

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  • Proprietary vs. “open systems” options in the construction of knowledge-based software reengineering environments

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):60 - 69
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    The quality of software reengineering tools depends on that of the generic environments used in their construction. Some existing quality reengineering environments, such as the Software Refinery, go a long way to satisfying their particular design criteria, but fail to meet general open systems criteria. One remedial approach is to recreate some of the functionality of these environments by modif... View full abstract»

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  • Dynamic evolution of distributed systems specifications using reflective language

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):208 - 219
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    The object-oriented approach is known by its flexibility for system construction. Current work has not addressed the dynamic modifications of specifications of distributed systems. We are concerned with formal description techniques that allow for the development and the dynamic modification of executable specifications. A two level model for the evolution of large object-oriented specifications i... View full abstract»

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  • Generating data access programs from PCTE schemas with constraints

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):298 - 307
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    Presents how we developed a tool for generating data access programs from PCTE data schemas. We propose first an extended PCTE data model which allows constraints to be explicitly described between values of the data types. Our program generator analyzes this data model, which we call the constrained SDS (schema definition set), and generates a C++ library. A class of C++ is generated from each ob... View full abstract»

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  • Software documents, their relationships and properties

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):102 - 111
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    One of the functionalities of software development environments is to maintain all the documents produced in the software development process. To facilitate the much needed traceability support for the software process, the representation of the software documents should capture not only the individual documents, but also their relationships and structural properties. We present an approach to the... View full abstract»

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  • Object-oriented analysis and design support system using algebraic specification techniques

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):388 - 397
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    Although many CASE tools for object-oriented methods (OO-CASE tools) have been proposed, few, if any, can verify that the constructed analysis and design models actually match the requirements of the system being developed. In order to realize this kind of verification, we propose a software development method amalgamating OO-CASE tools and algebraic specification techniques. We are developing an ... View full abstract»

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  • Requirements engineering: a review and research agenda

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):10 - 19
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    This paper reviews the area of requirements engineering. It outlines the key concerns to which attention should be devoted by both practitioners, who wish to “reengineer” their development processes, and academics, seeking intellectual challenges. It presents an assessment of the state-of-the-art and draws conclusions in the form of a research agenda View full abstract»

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  • The GOODSTEP project: general object-oriented database for software engineering processes

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):410 - 419
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    The goal of the GOODSTEP project is to enhance and improve the functionality of a fully object-oriented database management system to yield a platform suited for applications such as software development environments (SDEs). The baseline of the project is the O2 database management system (DBMS). The O2 DBMS already includes many of the features regulated by SDEs. The project... View full abstract»

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  • Reachability testing: an approach to testing concurrent software

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):246 - 255
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    Concurrent programs are more difficult to test than sequential programs because of nondeterministic behavior. An execution of a concurrent program nondeterministically exercises a sequence of synchronization events, called a synchronization sequence (or SYN-sequence). Nondeterministic testing of a concurrent program P is to execute P with a given input many times in order to exercise distinct SYN-... View full abstract»

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  • An adaptive user navigation mechanism and its evaluation

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):29 - 37
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    Recently, there have been many online help systems that provide usage explanations for applications. However, it is difficult to find out necessary information in help contents and to understand how to obtain complete information. A navigation mechanism which can provide a user with essential information and guide the user so that he can achieve intended actions is indispensable. In this paper, we... View full abstract»

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  • From the software process to software quality: BOOTSTRAP and ISO 9000

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):174 - 182
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    The aim of the BOOTSTRAP project was to develop a method for software process assessment, quantitative measurement and improvement. BOOTSTRAP enhanced and refined the SEI method for software process assessment and adapted it to the needs of software producing units (SPUs) in the European software industry. BOOTSTRAP assesses both the SPU and the projects of the SPU with respect to policies and gui... View full abstract»

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