Using Databases to Automate System Development
This paper derives from work carried out as part of the Alvey supported Aspect project. The project brings together a number of organisations with a common interest in integrated project support environments (IPSEs), and allows research and development into various realms of IPSE development and use. One of these realms involves the application of databases to the problems of software development: managing the large and complex collection of data objects that arise during the development of large and complex software systems.
We describe an abstract formalism that we have adopted as a means of absorbing the complexity of data modelling in an IPSE, illustrate the application of the formalism by means of a simple example and summarise the software support that is necessary.
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