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Meta-Model Patterns in Object-Oriented Analysis

Meta-Model Patterns in Object-Oriented Analysis
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Author(s): Frank Devos (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)and Eric Steegmans (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 3
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch119
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


A major purpose of analysis is to represent precisely all relevant facts, as they are observed in the external world. A substantial problem in objectoriented analysis is that most modelling languages and methods are more pointed at building computational models than conceptual models. It is a very blind assumption that concepts that are convenient for design can also be applied during analysis. Meta-model patterns describe the adequateness and the use of concepts in modelling languages. In this paper, concepts as queries, attributes, invariants and preconditions will be evaluated as possible building stones for conceptual modelling. Furthermore, a new concept is proposed to specify properties or behaviour where in more than one object is involved.

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