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Expanding the Repertoire of Process-based Tool Integration

Valetto, Giuseppe

The purpose of this thesis is to design and implement a new protocol for Black Box tool enveloping, in the context of the Oz Process Centered Environment, as an auxiliary mechanism that deals with additional families of tools, whose character prevents a thoroughly satisfactory service by the current encapsulation method. We mean to address interpretive and query systems, multi-user collaborative and non- collaborative tools, and programs that allow incremental binding of parameters after start-up and storing of intermediate and/or partial results. Our goal is to support a greater amount of interaction between multiple human operators, the tools and the environment, in the context of complex software development and management tasks. During the realization of this project, we introduced several concepts related to integration of Commercial Off-The-Shelf tools into Software Development Environments: an approach based on multiple enveloping protocols, a categorizaton of tools according to their multi-tasking and multi-user capabilities, the ideas of loose wrapping (as opposed to the usual tight wrapping) and of persistent tools (with respect to the duration of a single task), and a functional extension of some intrinsically single-user applications to a (limited) form of collaboration.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Series
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-027-94
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February 3, 2012