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On-Demand Quality-Oriented Assistance in Component-Based Software Evolution

Chouki Tibermacine 1 Régis Fleurquin 2, 3 Salah Sadou 2
1 LIRMM/DOC - Données Objets Composants pour les systèmes complexes
LIRMM - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier
3 TRISKELL - Reliable and efficient component based software engineering
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : During an architectural evolution of a component-based software, certain quality attributes may be weakened. This is due to the lack of an explicit definition of the links between these non-functional characteristics and the architectural decisions implementing them. In this paper, we present a solution that aims at assisting the software maintainer during an evolution activity on his demand. It requires the definition of a documentation during development, organized in the form of bindings between formal descriptions of architectural decisions and their targeted quality attributes. Through an assistance algorithm, the approach uses this documentation in order to notify the maintainer of the possible effects of architectural changes on quality requirements. We also present a prototype tool which automates our proposals. This tool and the overall approach has been experienced on a real-world software in order to validate them.
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Chouki Tibermacine, Régis Fleurquin, Salah Sadou. On-Demand Quality-Oriented Assistance in Component-Based Software Evolution. CBSE: Component-Based Software Engineering, Jun 2006, Västerås, Sweden. pp.294-309, ⟨10.1007/11783565_21⟩. ⟨hal-00499531⟩

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