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T-Tool

T-Tool

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General Information

Tool Name

T-Tool

Version


Group

University of Trento

Web page (if available)

http://dit.unitn.it/~ft/ft_tool.html

Main Purpose of the Tool

T-Tool provides a framework for the effective use of formal methods in the early requirements phase. The framework allows for the formal and mechanized analysis of early requirements specifications expressed in a formal modeling language.

The specification language accepted by T-Tool is called Formal Tropos. It is a formal specification language that offers all the primitive concepts of i* (such as actors, goals, and dependencies among actors), but supplements them with a rich temporal specification language inspired by KAOS.

T-Tool allows for different kinds of analysis on a Formal Tropos specification. For instance, it allows for checking whether the specification is consistent, or whether it respects a number of desired properties. Moreover, a specification can be animated in order to give the user immediate feedback on its implications.

In order to support the mechanized analysis of Formal Tropos specifications, T-Tool applies model checking verification technique. T-Tool is built on top of NuSMV, an open-source model checker that implement state-of-the-art symbolic verification techniques.

T-Tool and Formal Tropos are part of a wider-scope framework, called Tropos, which proposes the application of concepts from the early requirements phase to the whole software development process, including late requirements, architectural and detailed design, and implementation.

i* framework supported


Availability of the tool

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

Programming Language


Platform Requirements


Other technology needed


Current state of the tool


Ongoing work


i* Modelling Suitability


1. Does the tool allow SD modelling?

Yes / No

2. Does the tool allow SR modelling?

Yes / No

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

Yes / No
If so, please specify how (i.e., by means of expandable elements).

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

Yes / No
If so, please specify how (i.e., dragging and dropping the elements into a drawing page).

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

Yes / No
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).



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

Yes / No

9. Other modelling facilities provided by the tool:

  • ...

10. Does the tool check SD models?

Yes / No
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 / No
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?

  • ...

Usability


17. Rate the understandability of the user interface

  • ( ) Internal use
  • ( ) 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
  • ( ) 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 / No

21. Rate the difficulty of installing the tool

  • ( ) Copy files and initializing paths
  • ( ) 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
  • ( ) 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 / No
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
  • ( ) Requirements specification and design decisions available
  • ( ) Interface conventions
  • ( ) Code conventions
  • ( ) Full commented code
  • ( ) Examples
  • ( ) others: please specify


Created by jenhork. Last Modification: Thursday 24 of May, 2007 15:11:41 CEST by admin.