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Software process automation. The technology and its adoption. (English) Zbl 0833.68120
Berlin: Springer-Verlag. xii, 217 p. (1995).
The book is dealing with the software process automation in the frame of the new widespread technologies: the use of personal computers and the growth in networking capability. The book contains five chapters and six appendices. The first chapter is an introductory one.
Chapter 2 introduces ProNet, a graphical process notation based on a modified Entity-Relationship model, and shows how defined process can be transformed into an executable representation called ProSim( it uses the Prolog language).
In chapter 3 are described two commercial products. ProcessWeaver – developed by Cap Gemini America – and SynerVision – developed by Hewlett-Packard Company –. The first one is a Petri Net based system and the last one is a programming system type.
The advantages and disadvantages of using a process centered environment (PCE) are discussed in chapter 4. Also some issues related to CASE tools which are relevant for PCEs are presented.
In the last chapter are described some traditional manufacturing in order to highlight important facts related to process automation. The problems concerning the future of software process automation are also investigated.
The six appendices provide extended information on some problems developed in the book.

MSC:
68U99 Computing methodologies and applications
68Q85 Models and methods for concurrent and distributed computing (process algebras, bisimulation, transition nets, etc.)
68-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to computer science
68N99 Theory of software
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