Issue No. 10 - October (1985 vol. 11)
R. Ford , Department of Computer Science, University of Iowa
Data abstraction is an effective tool in the design of complex systems, and the representation independence it provides is a key factor in the maintenance and adaptation of software systems. This paper describes a system development methodology based on the development of hierarchies of abstract data types (ADT's). The methodology preserves a high degree of representation independence throughout both the design and implementation of complex systems. The methodology is illustrated with examples from the design and implementation of a Vision Research Programming System. These examples include ADT specifications, ADT interface specifications, and partial implementation code for the system in two different programming languages, Ada1 and Fortran.
software development methodology, Abstract data type, computer vision, implementation of data abstraction
K. Miller and R. Ford, "Abstract Data Type Development and Implementation: An Example," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 11, no. , pp. 1033-1037, 1985.