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Information Modeling: An Object-Oriented Approach

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Information Modeling: An Object-Oriented Approach


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  • offers a methodology-neutral approach and deals with concepts applicable to any methodology.
  • describes information modeling in the same way as a programming text describes programming — why, what, how.
  • combines the merits of the OO and ER approaches and provides a disciplined treatment of both.
  • shows how to bridge the still existing gap between “data modeling” and “process modeling” that may result in complex and inconsistent models with semantics hidden in application code. Shows how to solve these problems by using understandable specifications that serve as contracts between the client and the developer.
  • provides a library of generic information modeling building blocks (associations).
  • features a very detailed example of information modeling.


  • Copyright 1994
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-083033-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-083033-3

Many of today's business information systems are notoriously ineffective — due in large part to too many unscientific, haphazard approaches to their development. This book introduces the scientific thought essential to understanding a business and to creating a successful business information system for a particular business. It shows how to make system analysis as disciplined an activity as programming, and how the formal specification of behavior at the right level of abstraction is the desired approach to system analysis. KEY TOPICS: Shows how the system analyst may use the same concepts of “good thinking” as the programmer — abstraction, precise understanding of behavior, and reuse — to end up with a specification that is understandable and formal. MARKET: For systems analysts, requirements engineers, data modellers, business planners, etc. responsible for understanding and developing requirements for information systems and applications; and for designers, programmers , testers, documentors involved in the information system development process.

Sample Content

Table of Contents


1. Specifications.

2. The Concepts.

3. Contracts.

4. Associations.

5. The Library.

6. Guidelines.

7. Standards.

Appendix 1: A More Formal Specification.

Appendix 2: Refinement.

Appendix 3: The Enterprise-Wide Information Model.

Appendix 4: Contracts for CRUD Operations.



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