Building Integrated Software Development Environments, Part I: Tool Specification

G. Engels, C. Lewerentz, M. Nagl, W. Schäfer, A. Schürr, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM) 1 (1992) 135–167.

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The conceptual modeling approach of the IPSEN (Integrated Project Support Environment) project for building highly integrated environments is based on using attributed graphs to model and implement arbitrary object structures, in particular all kinds of software documents and their relationships. A language based on graph grammars, called PROGRESS (Programmed Graph REwriting SyStems), and a suitable method for the application of this language, called graph grammar engineering, have been developed over the last ten years. This language and method are being extensively used for specifying the complex graph structures of internal document representations as well as for specifying the functionality of all tools (editors, browsers, analyzers, debuggers) working on these internal representations. This paper explains the language and the method for applying the language based on a pragmatic nontrivial example of a software production process and its corresponding documents. In particular, it is shown why and how a graph grammar-based strongly typed language is perfectly suitable to formally specify highly integrated software tools. In addition, it is shown that the implementation of these tools (i.e., an environment composed of these tools) is systematically being derived from the formal specifications.
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ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM)
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Engels G, Lewerentz C, Nagl M, Schäfer W, Schürr A. Building Integrated Software Development Environments, Part I: Tool Specification. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM). 1992;1(2):135-167.
Engels, G., Lewerentz, C., Nagl, M., Schäfer, W., & Schürr, A. (1992). Building Integrated Software Development Environments, Part I: Tool Specification. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), 1(2), 135–167.
@article{Engels_Lewerentz_Nagl_Schäfer_Schürr_1992, title={Building Integrated Software Development Environments, Part I: Tool Specification}, volume={1}, number={2}, journal={ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM)}, author={Engels, Gregor and Lewerentz, Claus and Nagl, Manfred and Schäfer, Wilhelm and Schürr, Andy}, year={1992}, pages={135–167} }
Engels, Gregor, Claus Lewerentz, Manfred Nagl, Wilhelm Schäfer, and Andy Schürr. “Building Integrated Software Development Environments, Part I: Tool Specification.” ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM) 1, no. 2 (1992): 135–67.
G. Engels, C. Lewerentz, M. Nagl, W. Schäfer, and A. Schürr, “Building Integrated Software Development Environments, Part I: Tool Specification,” ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 135–167, 1992.
Engels, Gregor, et al. “Building Integrated Software Development Environments, Part I: Tool Specification.” ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), vol. 1, no. 2, 1992, pp. 135–67.

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