The agent metaphor and the agent-based approach to systems design constitute a promising new paradigm for building complex distrib...
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The agent metaphor and the agent-based approach to systems design constitute a promising new paradigm for building complex distributed systems. However, until now, the majority of the agent-based applications available have been built by researchers who specialize in agent-based computing and distributed artificial intelligence. If agent-based computing is to become anything more than a niche technology practiced by the few, then the base of people who can successfully apply the approach needs to be broadened dramatically. A major step in this broadening endeavor is the development of methodologies for agent-oriented software engineering accessible to and attractive for professional software engineers in their daily work. Against this background, this book presents one of the first coherent attempts to develop such a methodology for a broad class of agent-based systems. The author provides a clear introduction to the key issues in the field of agent-oriented software engineering.
Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras Inhalt Agents, Multiagent Systems and Software Engineering.- Basic Concepts in Software Engineering.- The Conceptual Framework of Massive.- Massive Views.- Further Case Studies.- Conclusion.- Toolkits for Agent-Based Applications.- Basic Problem Solving Capabilities of TCS Agents.- Protoz Specification of the Contract-Net Protocol.
Iterative Software Engineering for Multiagent Systems