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Unicist Conceptual Engineering – Object Driven Design

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The concept “object”
By object, we describe an entity, which carries an implicit extrinsic concept that adds value, and has its own quality assurance imbricated in the object itself.
It can be physical or virtual, simultaneously or successively reusable.
It is essential to the definition of the conceptual object its possibility of being reused within either the class it acts on or any other class.

Consequences of this definition:
– An object is an object only if it is reusable.
– There is only an object if it has a quality assurance in itself.
– Every object is designed to belong to one or several classes.
– Physical objects are successively reusable.
– Virtual objects are successively and simultaneously reusable.

The structure of an object implies a concept, a value added to the environment where it operates and an assured quality which makes it absolutely reliable.

The concept implies the fact that there is purpose, a procedure and a course of action in each object. There are always a “substantive” function, and action upon the environment and an adverbial function which try to prevent the action upon the environment from deviating from the purpose.
The concept of an object defines, due to the broadness of its purpose, the unified field of analogous applications. Because of the functionality of its purpose, it defines the broadness of the homologue applications.
The concept of an object requires a very deep and subtle apprehension. Should it not be consistent, the object becomes an “operational thing” or procedure which lacks an object’s characteristics, and its reusability and quality assurance are uncertain.

Added Value
The object adds value as a key action. It is there to add value. This added value has objective and subjective aspects, as well as costs. When the added value is reusable, the object has a cost, which is distributed among all its uses or the number of times it is used.
When the subjective added value is significant, the value of the object increases. The subjective added value is related to the value of use in itself, the reference value and the opportunity value.
The added value definition determines the operational functionality of an object and it is the basis for its analogous applications. In the analogous applications, it is necessary to integrate the object’s remaining elements, i.e., its concept and quality assurance.
The added value is briefly determined by the utility, functionality and redundancy of the processes.

Quality Assurance
Quality assurance depends of the capacity of handling the added value development redundancy. Redundancy should be analogous so that the results of the quality assurance can be guaranteed from an operational viewpoint.
The moment the processes are developed mainly determines the assured quality. If they are out of time, they are useless; they could be considered undelivered.
The chronological time control for the object processes to occur mainly determines the added value of an object.
However, it requires a constant tuning with the objective implicit in the concept so as to prevent the object from generating added values, which actually do not correspond with the purpose for which it was created.

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