Avoiding Packaging Mismatch with Flexible Packaging

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Avoiding Packaging Mismatch with Flexible Packaging
To integrate a software component into a system, it must interact properly with the system's other components. Unfortunately,the decisions about how a component is to interact with other components are typically committed long before the moment of integration and are difficult to change. This paper introduces the Flexible Packaging method, which allows a component developer to defer some decisions about component interaction until system integration time. The method divides the component's source into two pieces: the ware, which encapsulates the component's functionality; and the packager, which encapsulates the details of interaction. Both the ware and the packager are independently reusable. A ware, as a reusable part, allows a given piece of functionality to be employed in systems in different architectural styles.A packager, as a reusable part, encapsulates conformance to a component standard, like an ActiveX control or an odbc database accessor. Because the packag...
Robert DeLine
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Updated 04 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 1999
Where ICSE
Authors Robert DeLine
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