On the Use of Software Development Tools in the Construction of Data Processing System Prototypes

  • P. A. Dearnley
  • P. J. Mayhew
Conference paper


The project at the University of East Anglia has been investigating the use of prototyping to aid the design of small data processing systems. The project springs from early AD HOC experimental work carried out in 1980 in which a programmer’s screen formatter was used to model alternative input modules for an interactive ferry ticketing system. This work was reported at the FEWIST Workshop in Aix-en-Provence in 1981 [DEARNLEY81]. More recently, the project has been considering how prototyping should be incorporated in the systems development cycle. Whilst the authors consider that prototyping can be profitably used in a number of different stages in the development cycle, they are most interested in its use in the design stage [DEARNLEY83], see Figure 1.


Extra Cost Record Creation Staff Analysis Input Routine Data Entry Package 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. CBASIC: Software Systems. CBASIC Reference Manual.Google Scholar
  2. Dearnley, P. A., and P. J. Mayhew: Experiments in Generating System Prototypes. First European Workshop on Information Systems Teaching, Ai×-en-Provence April 1981.Google Scholar
  3. Dearnley, P. A., and P. J. Mayhew: In Favour of System Prototypes and their Integration into the Systems Development Cycle. Computer Journal. Vol.26, No.1 (1983).Google Scholar
  4. MicroPro: DATASTAR Reference flapual. 1980 (a) .Google Scholar
  5. Micro-Pro: SUPERSORT Operator’s Handbook. (b).Google Scholar
  6. Naumann, J. D., and A. M. Jenkins: Prototyping: the New Paradigm for Systems Development. (MISRC-WR 82–03)Minneapolis, Minnesotta 55455, U.S.A.: Univ. of Minnesotta, Management Information Systems Research Center 1982.Google Scholar
  7. Scott, J. H: The Management Science Opportunity: A Systems Development Management Viewpoint. MIS Quarterly. Vol.2, No.4 (1978).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Dearnley
    • 1
  • P. J. Mayhew
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing Studies and AccountancyUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

Personalised recommendations