The Reification Abstraction

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.

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