A system is provided for building systems in a development architecture framework. The present invention is directed to both a system to be built and an implementation strategy to fulfill system requirements. Software components of the system are encapsulated with wrappers. The wrappers are adapted to be changed upon other software components of the system being changed while the encapsulated software components of the system remain unchanged. In one embodiment of the present invention, specifying the requirements of the system to be built and the implementation strategy to fulfill the requirements may be carried out using tools such as data modeling tools, process modeling tools, event modeling tools, performance modeling tools, object modeling tools, component modeling tools, reuse support tools, prototyping tools, application logic design tools, database design tools, presentation design tools, communication design, and usability test tools. In another embodiment of the present invention, improving the performance and maintenance of the system may be carried out using tools such as interactive navigation tools, graphical representation tools, extraction tools, repository tools, restructuring tools, and data name rationalization tools.