A Design-Oriented Specification Language for defining software requirements

Lerina Aversano, Angelo Ciampa, Fabio Giovine, Giovanni Moriano, Antonio Pirozzi, Maria Tortorella

Abstract


The most common difficulty of requirements elicitation is to define all components and aspects of a project by using the natural language without ambiguities, weak phrases and useless descriptions which make project outlines chaotic. In this paper, we present the Design Oriented Specification Language (DOSLang) that aims at reducing the gap existing among the project stakeholders, which are involved into the requirements specification and comprehension activities. The DOSLang language provides a free-form syntax with the introduction of constructs helping project stakeholders to reducing the ambiguity during definitions, descriptions, todos, actions, constraints and all the other aspects related to requirement definition, without sacrificing the ability of specifying loops and conditional constructs, small sets of data type and multiplicity between 'entities'. The DOSLang compiler is designed to be able to create a common baseline, which the project stakeholders can use during the first phases of the project elicitation. DOSLang is suitable for any kind of project that requires a precise description of all of its aspects. Moreover the language was created keeping the possibility to be used by all people working in a project development: from business people to programmers, including customers.

 


Keywords


Programming language; requirements engineering; SRS; projects; stakeholders; baseline; compiler; abstract syntax tree; PKI; quality metrics.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21174/josetap.v1i1.30

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