Archive for the ‘Software Narremes’ Category

Trace Analysis Patterns (Part 74)

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Most of the time when we look at software trace fragments we recognize certain Motifs* such as client-server interaction, publisher-subscriber notifications, database queries, plugin sequence initialization, etc. This pattern is different from Master Trace which corresponds to a normal use-case or working software scenario and may actually contain several Motifs as it is usually happens in complex software environments. On the other side of the spectrum there are software narremes (basic narrative units) and Macrofunctions (single semantic units). Motifs help to further bridge the great divide between software construction and software diagnostics with software narremes corresponding to implementation patterns, macrofunctions to design patterns, and motifs to architectural patterns although an overlap between these categories is possible.

* The idea of a pattern name comes from motives in mathematics.

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Forthcoming Transcript of Introduction to Software Narratology Webinar

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

In a week this short full color book should appear in online bookstores:

  • Title: Software Narratology: An Introduction to the Applied Science of Software Stories
  • Authors: Dmitry Vostokov, Memory Dump Analysis Services
  • Description: This is a transcript of Memory Dump Analysis Services Webinar about Software Narratology: an exciting new discipline and a field of research founded by When software executes it gives us its stories in the form of UI events, software traces and logs. Such stories can be analyzed for their structure and patterns for troubleshooting, debugging and problem resolution purposes. Topics also include software narremes and their types, anticipatory software construction and software diagnostics.
  • Publisher: OpenTask (April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 21.6
  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908043078

- Dmitry Vostokov @ + -

What is a Software Narrative?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The previous definition of software narratology was restricted to software traces and logs (the top left quadrant on a software narrative square, also the part of Memoretics which studies memory snapshots). Now, with the broadening of the domain of software narratology to the whole world of software narrative stories including actor interactions with software in construction requirements use cases and post-construction incidents we give another definition:

Software narrative is a representation of software events and changes of state. Software Narratology is a discipline that studies such software narratives (software narrative science).

- Dmitry Vostokov @ + -

Software Narratology Square

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

After introducing software narrative planes it is logical to expand the field of software narratology to cover the whole domain of software construction and post-construction. We therefore combine both pairs of planes to create a narratological square:

Please also register for the forthcoming free Webinar: Introduction to Software Narratology where I plan to provide a coherent overview of the recent developments in this new field.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ + -

Software Narrative Planes

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Based on an idea of expression and content planes from glossematics with a basic unit of glosseme we can organize software traces with corresponding patterns and software trace narremes (basic units of software narrative such as traces and event logs) into 2 planes: software trace narrative plane (expression) with narremes and the corresponding program lines of traces (PLOTs) source code and design plane (content) with their own set of construction narremes such as collaboration of software constructs. All this corresponds to the following diagram:

The same can be said about actor interaction level of software construction (what ought to be) and post-construction (what is) phases having their own construction and post-construction narratives, patterns and narremes such as in requirements (use cases) and in problem and software incident descriptions:

In the forthcoming articles I provide more examples and explanations including specific software narremes useful from the practical post-construction software problem solving perspective. Please also register for the forthcoming free Webinar: Introduction to Software Narratology where I plan to provide a coherent overview of this new field.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ + -