One of the areas I enjoy is problem domain modeling. Developers have a tendency to skip this and immediately plunge into solutions. This works for them when the problem is understood…which is true far less often than they think.
Reification is a term used in many domains, but it’s easy to show it in problem modeling — and it’s often known (though not named) so if it seems familiar, excellent. (If you have experience in databases, it’s a part of normalization as well.)
To show an example, I’d like to model something that is not nearly as simple as it sounds, and use conceptual reification to address it.Continue reading