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Ontological Representations of Software Patterns
(keywords: ontology, pattern)

Jean-Marc Rosengard - Marian F. Ursu
University of London
Published in the proceedings of KES'04, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3215, pp. 31-37, Springer-Verlag, 2004.


This paper1 is based on and advocates the trend in software engineering of extending the use of software patterns as means of structuring solutions to software development problems (be they motivated by best practice or by company interests and policies). The paper argues that, on the one hand, this development requires tools for automatic organisation, retrieval and explanation of software patterns. On the other hand, that the existence of such tools itself will facilitate the further development and employment of patterns in the software development process. The paper analyses existing pattern representations and concludes that they are inadequate for the kind of automation intended here. Adopting a standpoint similar to that taken in the semantic web, the paper proposes that feasible solutions can be built on the basis of ontological representations.

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