[Modeling] Modeling an Agent Class- register your opinion
Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:34:47 +0100
Hello Jim and all,
James Odell wrote:
> So everybody, are we absolutely sure that Class cannot be used for Agents?
> I know how that Giovanni and Paola think that objects are evil :-) --
> thanks to their interesting paper. But, what about the rest of you? Are
> *any* the features of Class unusable for agents? If so, which ones? If
> there are not anyt, then perhaps Class can be the supertype of AgentClass;
> otherwise, we should use Classifier as the supertype?
> Perhaps we should get a sense from those Modeling TC members that feel this
> is important. Gerd? Hong? Renato? Misty? Marc-Philippe? Bernard?
> Radovan? Anyone else?
Sorry to take the discussion only now, I was away for CEEMAS
Since first, I proposed class as support for agent design, I can't say the
opposite now, I still believe that classes can offer a good support for our
problem, I clarify my mind and particularly these two levels I proposed, the
idea was to design a specific element according a specific formalism then
describing this element as classes and objects, that is to say translating
from a certain formalism to UML classes. Formalisms ensure that everybody can
understand correctly the element to be designed and classes ensure that code
generation is "doable".
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