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. . . an innovative but mature method that covers both conceptual modeling and requirements engineering phases of embedded systems design. -- Prof. Miroslav Sveda, Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

A truly valuable contribution to the field! -- Prof. David Harel, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

a valuable reference for both experienced and graduate engineers. -- Prof. Mike Mannion, Dean, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

an excellent introduction to a model-based design method for computer-based systems. -- Janos Sztipanovitz, Director, Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University, United States

About the Author

Jonah Z. Lavi, the lead developer of ECSAM, consults and teaches industrial and university courses in the modeling and requirements specification of computer-based systems. He is the founding chair of the IEEE Computer Society ECBS Technical Committee and a laureate of the IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award.

Joseph Kudish is an independent consultant specializing in systems and software engineering and in the appraisal and improvement of technical and management processes. He has researched, developed, taught, and implemented ECSAM in industrial projects since 1989.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated; 1st edition (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633453
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,152,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald J. Reifer on June 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have seen many a new textbook come to the market advancing the use of a new and novel approach to specifying system and/or software requirements. All too often these approaches breakdown when you try to implement them because not all of the details have been worked out. As a direct consequence, users of the methodology experience considerable pain because they have to mature the methodology and address the details as they try to develop their requirements specifications.

In contrast, this book provides its readers with a tried and true approach to systems/software requirements specification and analysis. The book steps you through the Embedded Computer Systems Analysis and Modeling (ECSAM) method. It shows you how to use the methodology to develop static and dynamic models of the system using an end-to-end example. The book emphasizes how to capture the functional, interface and performance requirements by overlaying the static with dynamic models and by verifying the results via analysis as they are generated. In addition, the book takes operational considerations into account as the evolving specification is developed and tested for completeness and consistency. The book also shows you how to decompose the system requirements to the subsystem level and test for correctness. Results are easy to understand because the methodology uses familiar graphical representations that adhere to well-defined semantics and strict modeling rules (functional flow diagrams, state charts, etc.) to portray its outputs. Most importantly, the book provides the reader with insights into what to look for and what not. This is what I find missing in most of the newer and more revolutionary works on the topic.
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