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Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part V - Applying the Methodology
Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current

b part 19  performed, the work can be performed externally to the workflow system or as part of an application component embedded in the workflow process. Interface Objects - are made up of two types: Dialog Interfaces - provide for the manipulation of kernel objects through graphical user interfaces. The interface objects are typically partitioned into presentation objects and dialog controls that manage the flow of control in the dialog. Batch Interfaces - provide for manipulation of application kernel objects

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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