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I*-Prefer

I*-Prefer

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General Information

Tool Name

I*-Prefer

Version

1.0

Group

CREAT2 GROUP IN Tsinghua University

Date Tool Template Last Updated

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Web page (if available)

https://sourceforge.net/projects/i-prefer

Main Purpose of the Tool

This tool uses goal and agent-based preference models to drive these decision making activities

i* framework supported

YES

Availability of the tool

  • (y) For i* modelling only
  • ( ) For development only
  • ( ) Both
If not available, please specify expected date of availability:

Programming Language

JAVASCRIPT

Platform Requirements

NO ADDITIONAL PLATFORM

Other technology needed

No

Current state of the tool

Its version 2.0 is on developing


i* Modelling Suitability


1. Does the tool allow SD modelling?

Yes

2. Does the tool allow SR modelling?

Yes

3. Does the tool allow working with SD & SR models jointly?

Yes
If so, please specify how (i.e., by means of expandable elements).

4. Does the tool allow the construction of the models graphically?

Yes
If so, please specify how (i.e., dragging and dropping the elements into a drawing page).
By generate automatically according to the textual information

5. Does the tool allow the construction of the models textually?

Yes . The model can be transfered as xml files
If so, please specify how (i.e., filling a dependency table).

6. Describe how the elements are modelled and their flexibility (i.e., the elements can be moved and reordered).


The flexibility is not that good now in version 1.0, the line need to be redrawed if change its direction

8. Does the tool allow automatic organization of the elements?

No

9. Other modelling facilities provided by the tool:

  • ...

10. Does the tool check SD models?

Yes
If so, please specify how (i.e., the tool checks if all the SD dependencies are assigned).

11. Does the tool check SR models?

Yes
If so, please specify how (i.e., checks if the SR links are correctly stated).

12. Other checks provided by the tool (i.e., cross validation between SD and SR models).

  • ...

13. Does the tool allow working with two or more models at the same time?

Yes / No

14. Does the tool allow to group models in projects?

Yes / No

15. Does the tool allow working with two or more projects at the same time?

Yes / No

16. What are the other functionalities that the tool provides?

  • (1) Support graphical modeling within web page. The annotation of the model is the same as NFR/i* framework. And some additional marks like utility values can also be added to the model. Some of the properties can also be changed by the user, like the name, utility value, and which actor the object belongs to.
(2) The built preference model can be saved and loaded with XML file. The user can save or load a model whenever it is needed.
(3) Automatically calculate the optimal strategies. The computing is based on the established algorithms presented in 1. The user can use the calculated results to do the most reasonable choice about the tasks/services.
(4) Without additional platform, like .Net or JDK, just with an internet browser, the user can use the tool conveniently.


Usability


17. Rate the understandability of the user interface

  • ( ) Internal use
  • ( Y) Ready for public use
  • ( ) Has been used publicly
If it is not ready for public use, mark one or more of the following:
  • ( ) not in English
  • ( ) writing not polished
  • ( ) poor usability (colours, ...)
  • ( ) others: please specify
Expected date for public use (if any):

18. Rate the quality of the user manual

  • ( ) Inexistent
  • ( Y) Internal use
  • ( ) Ready for public use
  • ( ) Has been used publicly
If user manual for internal use, mark one or more of the following:
  • ( ) incomplete
  • ( ) obsolete
  • ( ) not in English
  • ( ) writing not polished
  • ( ) others: please specify
Expected date for public use (if any):

19. Does the tool provides i* learning facilities?

Yes / No
If so, explain which ones (i.e., methodological guidance).

20. Does the tool provide any examples for the users?

Yes

21. Rate the difficulty of installing the tool

  • ( ) Copy files and initializing paths
  • ( Y) Copy files
  • ( ) Executable installation file provided

Maturity of the Tool


22. Rate the maturity of the tool from the user point of view:

  • ( ) Under Development
  • ( ) Prototype
  • ( Y) Ready for public use
  • ( ) Has been used publicly
If not for public use, mark one or more of the following:
  • ( ) incomplete
  • ( ) occasional testing
  • ( ) non-exhaustive testing
  • ( ) non-persistent data
  • ( ) poor efficiency
  • ( ) not portable
  • ( ) others: please specify
Expected date for public use (if any):

23. Has the tool been used for any case study?

Yes
If so, specify which ones.

24. Has the tool been tested in large models?

Yes / No

25. Has the tool any drawback when working with very large models?

Yes / No
If so, which ones?

26. Which is approximately the maximum size of the model (in terms of actors and dependencies) the tool has been used for?


Extensibility and Interoperability


27. Does the tool allow importing files?

Yes / No
If so, specify import data formats (i.e., XML, text file, pictures of the graphical representation...)

28. Does the tool allow exporting files?

Yes / No
If so, specify import data formats (i.e., XML, text file, pictures of the graphical representation...)

29. Does the tool allow importing/exporting the data through an XML format?

Yes / No
If so, link to the DTD for the XML format if available.

30. Is the architecture of the tool published?

Yes / No
If so, where?

31. Does the tool allow the addition of other elements outside the i* framework of the tool?

Yes / No

32. New functionalities can be added to the tool by means of:

  • ( ) PLUG-IN
  • ( ) Open-Source code
  • ( ) import & export XML
  • ( ) NONE

33. Rate the maturity of the tool from for open development:

  • ( ) Under Development
  • ( ) Prototype
  • ( ) Ready for public development use
  • ( ) Has been used for public development
If not for public development use, mark one or more of the following:
  • ( ) incomplete code
  • ( ) no help provided
  • ( ) non-persistent data
  • ( ) non-exhaustive testing
  • ( ) poor efficiency
  • ( ) not portable
  • ( ) no development installation facilities provided
  • ( ) others: please specify
Expected date for public development use (if any):

34. Is there any internal documentation for programmers?

Yes / No
If so, enumerate the facilities provided
  • ( Y) Requirements specification and design decisions available
  • ( ) Interface conventions
  • ( ) Code conventions
  • ( ) Full commented code
  • ( ) Examples
  • ( ) others: please specify


Created by Tianying. Last Modification: Monday 18 of July, 2011 09:24:56 CEST by admin.