Framework Design: A Role Modeling Approach

Dirk Riehle, Dissertation No. 13509, ETH Zürich.

Copyright 1999, 2000, Dirk Riehle. All rights reserved.

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This dissertation presents role modeling for framework design. Role modeling makes designing, learning, and using object-oriented frameworks easier than possible with traditional class-based approaches, because role modeling for framework design reduces class complexity and object collaboration complexity, and improves clarity of requirements put on use-clients. The dissertation extends class-based modeling with role modeling concepts and introduces frameworks as explicit design and implementation artifacts with well-defined boundaries. The dissertation’s claims are validated with the help of three case studies that show how role modeling for framework design works in practice.

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