Publications
Authors:
  • Paul Dourish
Citation:
Xerox Technical Report
Abstract:
Rather than embodying the behaviour of toolkit components directly in their implementation, metalevel
techniques provide programmers with ways to override and revise them. The style of very flexible design is
derived from specialisable generic models of application behaviour. This paper presents a generic model of
distribution and synchrony in cooperative systems. Organised around the explicit management of divergence
between parallel streams of activity, it links usage and implementation issues, as well as supporting an
important class of applications which are not well supported by more traditional CSCW models. Examples are
given showing this model as a basis for flexible design.
Year:
1994
Report number:
1994-102
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