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Structured Development for Real-Time Systems by Stephen J. Mellor, Paul T. Ward

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Chapter 2. Characterization of Real-Time Systems

Scope, environment, and vocabulary

It should be clear from the preceding chapter that this book will emphasize the distinction between the formulation of a systems development problem and the choice of technology to implement a solution. Although this approach is firmly embedded in the folklore of human problem solving (the differentiation of ends from means, for example), it is not simple to formulate a clear set of guidelines for distinguishing elements of a problem from elements of a solution.

Part of the difficulty stems from the arbitrary nature of the definition of a system. The primary definition of the term system as given by the College Edition of the Random House Dictionary of the English ...

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