ROAD/EE: A prototyping environment for object-oriented specifications

Naoki Tamura, Tsuyoshi Nakajima

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Requirements analysis includes activities that acquire and compile users' needs into a baseline document (a software requirements specification), and validate the document. This document is generally used as the road map for later phases during software development. It is widely accepted that prototyping is a useful approach for extracting users' needs, and that formal and semi-formal specification languages are valid approaches for creating rigid requirements specifications. However, both have some short-comings for requirement analysis. In this paper, we present an approach that achieves a balanced mix of prototyping and formal specification languages to enhance requirements analysis. In addition, we introduce a supporting environment, called ROAD/EE, that facilitates prototyping based on object-oriented specifications. The basic idea behind ROAD/EE is that of executing object-oriented specifications directly and animating its result with shape and movement of icons. ROAD/EE also helps users interact with the prototype so that users can easily find errors in the specification.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 Conference on Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems, TOOLS 23 - Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Duration: 1997 Jul 281997 Aug 1


OtherProceedings of the 1997 Conference on Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems, TOOLS 23
CitySanta Barbara, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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