Validating an Approach to Formalize Use Cases with Ontologies

Rui Couto
(HASLab/INESCT TEC and Dept. of Informatics/University of Minho)
António Nestor Ribeiro
(HASLab/INESCT TEC and Dept. of Informatics/University of Minho)
José Creissac Campos
(HASLab/INESCT TEC and Dept. of Informatics/University of Minho)

Use case driven development methodologies put use cases at the center of the software development process. However, in order to support automated development and analysis, use cases need to be appropriately formalized. This will also help guarantee consistency between requirements specifications and the developed solutions. Formal methods tend to suffer from take up issues, as they are usually hard to accept by industry. In this context, it is relevant not only to produce languages and approaches to support formalization, but also to perform their validation. In previous works we have developed an approach to formalize use cases resorting to ontologies. In this paper we present the validation of one such approach. Through a three stage study, we evaluate the acceptance of the language and supporting tool. The first stage focusses on the acceptance of the process and language, the second on the support the tool provides to the process, and finally the third one on the tool's usability aspects. Results show test subjects found the approach feasible and useful and the tool easy to use.

In Jana Kofroň, Jana Tumova and Bara Buhnova: Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop on Formal Engineering Approaches to Software Components and Architectures (FESCA 2016), Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 3rd April 2016, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 205, pp. 1–15.
Published: 28th March 2016.

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