Flourishing creativity in software development via Internetware paradigm


While culture being the software controlling human mind, computer software development becomes one of the most creative activities that human undertake since the civilisation began. The only limitation in software creation is human imagination, and that limit is often self-imposed. The “Internetware”, referring to a software paradigm, aims to satisfy the need of human kind using Internet as an integrated development and execution platform. Such software systems are composed of entities distributed through the Internetwork, allowing connections that would be impossible or difficult to make otherwise. One of the tasks for the Internetware is to accommodate creativity, to understand the general settings of creative design process and to develop programs that can enhance creativity without necessarily being creative themselves. Therefore, it can be summarized that a development environment needs to be built to best support software creation process of six steps including searching, ideating, specifying, coding, testing and evolving. An E-Health application eco-system is used to illustrate the proposed development process model.

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Liu, L., Feng, L., Li, Y. et al. Flourishing creativity in software development via Internetware paradigm. Sci. China Inf. Sci. 59, 080103 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-016-5596-7

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  • requirements
  • information system
  • Internetware
  • creativity
  • evolution