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Title: Designing in the document centred way : 'building docucentric environments'
Author: Halepota, A. S. U. A. M. M.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis presents a document centred approach towards computer aided design environment building. It identifies that the current designs environments do not encourage the documentation of the design and artefact building activity. The process of system design is still carried out in tool-centred environments, with the concept of documentation playing a secondary role to the design itself. This results in building systems that are poorly documented and therefore expensive to maintain. Considering the documentation of the design as the main activity and the design itself a by-product of this activity can alleviate this problem. To facilitate this paradigm shift from 'design centred documenting' to 'document centred designing' a platform neutral, document centred, design support environment framework is presented. It is demonstrated that the document centred view to the design environment and development process is not limited to the user interface of the environment but it is useable as a core concept in building environments. The use of the document paradigm has resulted in a creation of the prototype document centred design environment framework that has taken advantage of the document paradigm as the user-interface, tool integrator and as a repository. The document paradigm has been employed to make this environment easily extendible and modifiable by describing its components within the documents it processes and produces. The mechanism utilised for incorporating these components is based upon eXtensible Mark-up Language. Several example environments are constructed by incorporating existing tools, as the proof-of-concept, for building problem solving and design environments in the domains of Computer Aided Control System Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation and Database Management Systems.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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