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RE: Artifacts

From: Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler) <RogerCutler@ChevronTexaco.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 11:28:19 -0700
Message-ID: <7FCB5A9F010AAE419A79A54B44F3718E016245FB@bocnte2k3.boc.chevrontexaco.net>
To: "'Tom_Carroll@grainger.com'" <Tom_Carroll@grainger.com>, "Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)" <RogerCutler@ChevronTexaco.com>
cc: dorchard@bea.com, "Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)" <RogerCutler@ChevronTexaco.com>, www-ws-arch@w3.org, www-ws-arch-request@w3.org

Is the RUP definition what people are meaning when they use the word?  If
so, I think it should be in the glossary, possibly suitably modified if that
definition has some specificity to the Rational viewpoint.

Since they suggest the synonym "product", would that word also be
acceptable?  It seems to me that "product" is much easier to understand than

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom_Carroll@grainger.com [mailto:Tom_Carroll@grainger.com] 
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 3:15 PM
To: RogerCutler@ChevronTexaco.com
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Subject: RE: Artifacts

I thought some context might help.

Definition provided by  Merriam-Webster www.m-w.com .

Main Entry: ar·ti·fact
Pronunciation: 'är-ti-"fakt
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin arte by skill (ablative of art-, ars skill) + factum,
neuter of factus, past participle of facere to do -- more at ARM, DO
Date: 1821
1 a : something created by humans usually for a practical purpose;
especially : an object remaining from a particular period <caves containing
prehistoric artifacts> b : something characteristic of or resulting from a
human institution or activity <self-consciousness... turns out to be an
artifact of our education system -- Times Literary Supplement> 2 : a product
of artificial character (as in a scientific test) due usually to extraneous
(as human) agency

Definition provided by Rational.  RUP glossary of terms.

(1) A piece of information that (1) is produced, modified, or used by a
process, (2) defines an area of responsibility, and (3) is subject to
version control. An artifact can be a model, a model element, or a document.
A document can enclose other documents.  A piece of information that is used
or produced by a software development process. An artifact can be a model, a
description, or software. Synonym: product.

Tom Carroll
W.W. Grainger


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                      10/11/2002 10:51 AM



Meaning what?

-----Original Message-----
From: David Orchard  [mailto:dorchard@bea.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:32  PM
To: 'Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)';  www-ws-arch@w3.org
Subject: RE: Artifacts


The  term artifact has been used in software for quite some time.

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From: www-ws-arch-request@w3.org  [mailto:www-ws-arch-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Cutler, Roger  (RogerCutler)
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 6:35 PM
To:  'www-ws-arch@w3.org'
Subject: Artifacts

I would like to propose the following glossary  entry:

Artifact - 1) A remnant of something that is dead  and gone, as in "The
shard of pottery found in the Yucatan was an artifact of  the high Mayan
civilization"; 2) A defect or error in something otherwise  regular and
useful, as in "Sixty cycle interference is a common artifact in  monitors
sited too close to power sources".

Perhaps you can add other meanings for the  word?  I think you should if you
are going to insist on using it.

Listening to how you folks are using the word  artifact, I hear it meaning
different things at different times.  The  most common meaning that I infer,
however, is that it refers to a piece of  information which is emitted by
some actor in the drama under consideration  and potentially consumed by
another actor.  Uh, isn't that what I would  call a message?  I have this
weird feeling that there is an extreme  shyness about using the word
message, as if some other discipline has dibs on  it.  Well, I think that
the archeologists more or less have dibs on  artifact, and I would really
like to hear words that I understand more clearly  in the context that you
are using them.

Best Wishes --

Roger (a.k.a. Andy Rooney, curmudgeon).
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