Domain Analysis

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Domain Analysis is the first DomainEngineering step. Following GenerativeProgramming, p. 23, the purpose of Domain Analysis is to:
  • Select and define the domain of focus
  • Collect the relevant information and integrate it into a coherent domain model.

A Domain model (the output of DomainAnalysis) is [ GenerativeProgramming , p.23]

  • an explicit representation of the common and the variable properties of the systems in a domain;
  • the semantics of the properties and domain concpets;
  • the dependencies between the variable properties.

The domain model consists of:

  • A definition of the domain
  • A lexicon defining the domain vocabulary
  • Models for the concepts in, e.g., UML.
  • FeatureModels.

A survey from 1994 by Arango offers a comparitive study of domain analysis methods:

  • G. Arango. Domain Analysis Methods. In W. Schaefer, R. Prieto-diaz, and M. Matsumoto (editors), Software Reusability. Ellis Horwood, 1994, pp. 17-49.

CategoryDomainEngineering | ArieVanDeursen - 10 May 2001