Designing a Method Driven Software Development Environment

  • James A. Redmond
  • Kevin T. Ryan


A promising approach to the automation of the software production process is the support of multiple methods. A project to produce a method-driven environment is described. The requirements to be met by the environment are outlined and a number of existing environments are evaluated from this viewpoint. Some approaches to meeting their shortcomings are given and the continuing work of the project is mentioned.


Transformational Approach Lift Problem Software House Design History Requirement Acquisition 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Redmond
    • 1
  • Kevin T. Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceTrinity CollegeIreland

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