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Teallach — a flexible user-interface development environment for object database applications

Barclay, P. J.; Griffiths, T.; McKirdy, J.; Kennedy, J.; Cooper, R.; Paton, N. W.; Gray, P.


T. Griffiths

J. McKirdy

R. Cooper

N. W. Paton

P. Gray


The Teallach project has adapted model-based user-interface development techniques to the systematic creation of user-interfaces for object-oriented database applications. Model-based approaches aim to provide designers with a more principled approach to user-interface development using a variety of underlying models, and tools which manipulate these models. Here we present the results of the Teallach project, describing the tools developed and the flexible design method supported. Distinctive features of the Teallach system include provision of database-specific constructs, comprehensive facilities for relating the different models, and support for a flexible design method in which models can be constructed and related by designers in different orders and in different ways, to suit their particular design rationales. The system then creates the desired user-interface as an independent, fully functional Java application, with automatically generated help facilities.


Barclay, P. J., Griffiths, T., McKirdy, J., Kennedy, J., Cooper, R., Paton, N. W., & Gray, P. (2003). Teallach — a flexible user-interface development environment for object database applications. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, 14(1), 47-77.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 30, 2002
Online Publication Date Jan 28, 2003
Publication Date 2003-02
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2009
Print ISSN 1045-926X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 1
Pages 47-77
Keywords Teallach program; User interface management system; Java application; Object-oriented database; Graphical user interface; Visual language;
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