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Understanding multilayered applications for building extensions

Aly, Mohamed and Charfi, Anis and Wu, Di and Mezini, Mira :
Understanding multilayered applications for building extensions.
[Online-Edition: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2451592.2451594]
In: 1st Workshop on Comprehension of Complex Systems, March 25th, 2013, Fukuoka, Japan. In: CoCoS '13 . ACM , New York, NY, USA
[Conference or Workshop Item] , (2013)

Official URL: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2451592.2451594

Abstract

Modern software applications typically consist of several logical layers (for example user interface, databases, business process, code, etc.). Software is usually delivered by a software provider to support a certain application domain through a set of predefined functionalities. A user acquiring the software can obtain extra functionalities through extensions. Extensions can be developed by the software provider, by the customer, or a third-party and then integrated with the core software. In order to enable core software for accommodating extensions, software providers must give the right means for enabling developers to build extensions. Based on the new functionalities required, developers building extensions usually consider different layers of the core software when developing extensions. For example, a simple user interface extension in a business application would need a developer to consider extensible artifacts from underlying user interfaces, business processes, databases, and code. Usually a developer relies on code based artifacts, documentation, examples, and/or training in order to be able to understand the extensibility model of a core application. Various program comprehension tools have helped developers in carrying out general development tasks. However, most of the tools focus on the code level, lack the support for multilayered applications, and do not support extensibility. In this paper we discuss the challenges and problems of the developers when building extensions for multilayered applications. We also assess the feasibility of several program comprehension tools in addressing these challenges.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2013
Creators: Aly, Mohamed and Charfi, Anis and Wu, Di and Mezini, Mira
Title: Understanding multilayered applications for building extensions
Language: English
Abstract:

Modern software applications typically consist of several logical layers (for example user interface, databases, business process, code, etc.). Software is usually delivered by a software provider to support a certain application domain through a set of predefined functionalities. A user acquiring the software can obtain extra functionalities through extensions. Extensions can be developed by the software provider, by the customer, or a third-party and then integrated with the core software. In order to enable core software for accommodating extensions, software providers must give the right means for enabling developers to build extensions. Based on the new functionalities required, developers building extensions usually consider different layers of the core software when developing extensions. For example, a simple user interface extension in a business application would need a developer to consider extensible artifacts from underlying user interfaces, business processes, databases, and code. Usually a developer relies on code based artifacts, documentation, examples, and/or training in order to be able to understand the extensibility model of a core application. Various program comprehension tools have helped developers in carrying out general development tasks. However, most of the tools focus on the code level, lack the support for multilayered applications, and do not support extensibility. In this paper we discuss the challenges and problems of the developers when building extensions for multilayered applications. We also assess the feasibility of several program comprehension tools in addressing these challenges.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Comprehension of Complex Systems
Series Name: CoCoS '13
Place of Publication: New York, NY, USA
Publisher: ACM
Uncontrolled Keywords: IDE, comprehension, extensibility, multilayer
Divisions: Department of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science > Software Technology
Event Title: 1st Workshop on Comprehension of Complex Systems
Event Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Event Dates: March 25th, 2013
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 13:43
Official URL: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2451592.2451594
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