Wolfgang Emmerich*, Jim Arlow&, JoŽlle Madec# and Mark Phoenix+
* Dept. of Computer Science,
London, EC1V 0HB, UK
& LogOn Technology Transfer,
Frankfurter Str. 15,
61476 Kronberg (Ts),
# O2 Technology,
7, rue du Parc Clagny,
+ British Airways,
Software engineering environments (SEE) support the construction and maintenance
of large-scale software systems. They integrate tools for the production
and maintenance of documents such as requirements definitions, architecture
definitions or user manuals. Very few SEE tools meet all the developers'
requirements. Some requirements that are important in practice have not
been appropriately addressed. These are inter-document consistency handling,
version and configuration management and cooperative work. We claim that
the reason for current tools not meeting these requirements is the fact
that the required database support for maintaining documents is only now
becoming available. The British Airways SEE meets these new requirements.
Its tools were constructed using the O2 object database management system,
which has been extended to become a database management system for software
engineering. We discuss the experiences we made during tool construction
for this SEE.