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Building Intelligent Information Systems Software - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128051016, 9780128052785

Building Intelligent Information Systems Software

1st Edition

Introducing the Unit Modeler Development Technology

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Author: Thomas Feigenbaum
Paperback ISBN: 9780128051016
eBook ISBN: 9780128052785
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 17th December 2015
Page Count: 308
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Building Intelligent Information Systems Software shows scientists and engineers how to build applications that model complex information, data, and knowledge without the need for coding. Traditional software development takes time and leads to inflexible, complicated applications that almost, but don’t exactly, meet the intended needs. Requirements can change, sometimes mid-development, and adapting existing systems can be difficult. Individual solutions can be incompatible, leading to information silos and inefficiency throughout an organization. This book offers a solution – the Information Unit Model, an innovative architecture for translating domain knowledge into applications. By encapsulating the complexities of computing, the Unit Model allows engineers to focus on business or experimental needs. Author Tom Feigenbaum, inventor of the Unit Modeler, demonstrates this innovative software architecture for rapid application design and development. His approach promotes repurposing pre-existing tools and libraries, and collaborating across the cloud, to promote information sharing and efficient development practices. Each concept is illustrated with examples including file management, data management, and 3D visualization.

Key Features

  • Turn your domain knowledge into applications without heavy coding
  • Design and develop information systems applications in a fraction of the time of traditional methods
  • Leverage previously-built components to jump start new projects
  • Includes access to a trial version of the Information Unit Modeler tool for rapid application development


Domain specialists or programmers who need to develop domain-based information applications

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • About the Author
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Introduction
    • Abstract
    • Information-based applications
    • Intelligence
    • Difficulties of current technologies
    • A brief tour of Unit Modeler technology
  • Part 2: Modeling fundamentals
    • Abstract
    • What is a model
    • The Information Unit Model
    • The General Modeling Process
  • Part 3: Reuse of models and the domain libraries
    • Abstract
    • Encapsulation
    • Reuse of models
    • Areas of support
    • Public contribution
  • Part 4: The Unit Modeler Development environment
    • Abstract
    • Toolbar
    • Application menu
    • Whiteboard
    • The Development Resource Center
    • Working with structures
    • Debugging
    • Special units
    • Other tools
    • Exploring an existing model
    • Distribution of applications
    • Polishing your model
    • Custom forms
  • Part 5: Additional examples
    • Abstract
    • A + B = C
    • List analyzer
    • Audit manager
    • 2D graphing
    • 4D scatterplot
    • Student class model
    • Scheduled processes
    • Weather (web service)
    • Video player
    • Estimating the acceleration of gravity
    • Graph theory and network connectivity
    • Using an R script
    • Stock manager
    • Building a database from a model
    • Searching contacts in a database
    • Surface plot creator
    • Model of a bridge
  • Part 6: Workspaces
    • Abstract
  • Part 7: The client software
    • Abstract
    • Downloading and installing
    • Joining the elsevier book examples workspace
    • Updates
    • Login
    • The desktop
    • Personal preferences
    • The file organizer
    • Spreadsheets
    • Graphs
  • Part 8: Servers
    • Abstract
    • Servers versus clients
    • Uses of servers
    • How do client server applications work?
    • Advanced architecture
    • Private servers
  • Part 9: The Unit Model versus code
    • Abstract
  • Appendix
  • Subject Index


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About the Author

Thomas Feigenbaum

Thomas Feigenbaum

Tom Feigenbaum is Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technologist of Ke Labs. He designed and built the initial versions of, and continues to serve as the primary architect of, the Unit Modeler® technology upon which the examples in this book are built. With a lifelong interest in the field of artificial intelligence and the goal of making software more intelligent, Feigenbaum conceived the Information Unit Model as a language that intuitively describes the components of intelligent, information-based software applications. He has been a programmer and developer throughout his career, including GUI, graphics, network communications, databases, video, and inter-process communications. Prior to establishing Ke Labs, Feigenbaum founded ProSolv to develop educational software for physics and math as well as enterprise-level information management solutions for the clinical analysis and management of digital medical images within healthcare provider organizations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technologist, Ke Labs, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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