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Volume 35, Number 2, Page 128 (1996)
Object technology
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Business language analysis for object-oriented information systems

by D. W. McDavid
Business language analysis grows out of a philosophy that treats business organizations as living systems. A key concern is the meaning of business information that provides adaptive survival advantage and strategic leverage. Popular object-oriented methodologies correctly recognize the need to identify business objects by analyzing the problem domain. The approach described in this paper fills in the details that are implied, but not specified by other methods. It builds a business language model that clarifies both the content and structure of the terminology actually used in the business. Simple examples of business language analyses are given. Deeper insight is offered in a discussion of lexical semantic and category theory and in the proposed notion of business language patterns.
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