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A Computer-Aided Prototyping System
March/April 1988 (vol. 5 no. 2)
pp. 66-72

A description is given of an approach to rapid prototyping that uses a specification language (the Prototype-System Description Language, PSDL) integrated with a set of software tools. including an execution support system, a rewrite system, a syntax-directed editor with graphics capabilities, a software base, a design database, and a design-management system. The prototyping language lets the designer use dataflow diagrams with nonprocedural control constraints as part of the specification of a hierarchically structured prototype. The resulting description is free from programming-level details, in contrast to prototypes constructed with a programming language. The discussion covers the language and method, rewrite subsystem, design manager, software base, and execution support.

Index Terms:
rapid prototyping; specification language; Prototype-System Description Language; PSDL; software tools; execution support system; rewrite system; syntax-directed editor; software base; design database; design-management system; dataflow diagrams; nonprocedural control constraints; hierarchically structured; software engineering; software tools; specification languages; text editing
Citation:
Luqi null, Mohammad Ketabchi, "A Computer-Aided Prototyping System," IEEE Software, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 66-72, March-April 1988, doi:10.1109/52.2013
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