Reusing processes and documenting processes: toward an integrated framework [article]

Françoise Détienne, Jean-François Rouet, Jean-Marie Burkhardt, Catherine Deleuze-Dordron
2007 arXiv   pre-print
This paper presents a cognitive typology of reuse processes, and a cognitive typology of documenting processes. Empirical studies on design with reuse and on software documenting provide evidence for a generalized cognitive model. First, these studies emphasize the cyclical nature of design: cycles of planning, writing and revising occur. Second, natural language documentation follows the hierarchy of cognitive entities manipulated during design. Similarly software reuse involves exploiting
more » ... ous types of knowledge depending on the phase of design in which reuse is involved. We suggest that these observations can be explained based on cognitive models of text processing: the van Dijk and Kintsch (1983) model of text comprehension, and the Hayes and Flower (1980) model of text production. Based on our generalized cognitive model, we suggest a framework for documenting reusable components.
arXiv:cs/0612023v2 fatcat:zdkptuvsorc6vb52ie2kfen5q4