Information Modeling Aspects of Software Development

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The distinction between the modeling of information and the modeling of data in the creation of automated systems has historically been important because the development tools available to programmers have been wedded to machine oriented data types and processes. However, advances in software engineering, particularly the move toward data abstraction in software design, allow activities reasonably described as information modeling to be performed in the software creation process. An examination of the evolution of programming languages and development of general programming paradigms, including object-oriented design and implementation, suggests that while data modeling will necessarily continue to be a programmer's concern, more and more of the programming process itself is coming to be characterized by information modeling activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-393
Number of pages19
JournalMinds and Machines
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Data abstraction
  • Information modeling
  • Programming languages
  • Software engineering


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