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## A method-driven support environment

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The general objectives of the ToolUse project are to provide active assistance in the various activities of software development through the formalization, and the support, of development methods. This formalization is done through a language, DEVA, used to express the design decisions related to methods as well as a specification language. The project is subdivided into four main tasks: two are devoted to the definition and support of the DEVA language, two others aim at extracting development knowledge from known development methods and then at experimenting with these knowledge parts through realistic case studies. This paper focuses on the linguistic framework used to formalize methods and presents some examples of methods to illustrate the DEVA use. The tools of the support environment are briefly sketched. The work related to application domain knowledge extraction and experimentation is presented through its contribution to test the adequacy of DEVA.

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