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An Advanced Support Environment for Method-Driven Development and Evolution of Packaged Software

Objective

TOOL-USE's objective was to develop techniques for the formal definition of methods used in the development of software. The project focused on one main idea, that the building of a support environment should be parameterised by methods expressed in a development language. It sought to achieve understanding and formal modelling of:
-the software construction process
-the application domains
-target systems.
The consortium intended to continue with the definition, implementation and evolution of a prototype environment for software development based on formally defined methods
Techniques were developed for the formal definition of methods used in the development of software. The project focused on one main idea, that the building of a support environment should be parameterised by methods expressed in a development language. It sought to achieve understanding and formal modelling of the software construction process, the application domains, and the target systems. Starting from the requirements defined in an early stage of the project, the development language DEVA was specified and documented. A version of DEVA is available in prototype form, and tools to facilitate its use have been demonstrated. However, the specification of DEVA is not frozen, and it will be modified as and when the results of the intensive experimentation warrant it. Support tools for the prototype of a parameterised environment were demonstrated as well as the specification of a requirement requisition tool and method advisors.
Methods used in the development of software were explored and formalised. Starting from the requirements defined in an early stage of the project, the DEVA development language was specified and documented.
A version of DEVA is available in prototype form for internal applications for the different partners, and tools to facilitate its use have been demonstrated. However, the specification of DEVA is not frozen, and it will be modified as and when the results of the intensive experimentation, that will ensue throughout any future developments, warrant it.
In the final review, the support tools for the prototype of a parameterised environment were demonstrated as well as the specification of a requirement requisition tool and method advisors.
Exploitation
The production of environments in a near-automatic way, parameterised by the methodology used, provides the theoretical evolutionary path from the current generation of PCTE (Portable Common Tool Environment) environments to the next one. This will ensurethe compatibility of European industrial investment in software development facilities, and will be extremely useful for setting up case-studies on the use of the development language for office systems and computer-integrated manufacturing.
However, a long period of refinement is anticipated before concepts developed inside this project are ready for commercial exploitation. In the meantime, their participation has created a pool of R&D knowhow among the partners' staff.

Coordinator

CISI Ingénierie SA
Address
13 Rue Villet
31029 Toulouse
France

Participants (4)

GENERICS SOFTWARE LTD
Ireland
Address
Sandyford Road
X Dublin 16
Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH
Germany
Address
Haid-und-neu-straße 7
76131 Karlsruhe
Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA)
France
Address
2 Avenue Édouard-belin
31055 Toulouse
UNIV CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place Ste. Barbe
1348 Louvain-la-neuve