A method and support environment for distributed software component engineering

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Engineering component based software systems is challenging, and made even more difficult when multiple developers are involved. A suitable software process for distributed component engineering is required, along with appropriate development notations and collaborative work supporting tools. The paper describes a component engineering methodology we have been developing, along with examples of its notations, development tools and tool collaborative work facilities. Key characteristics of the process and notations include their use of multiple perspectives on component capabilities and the extension of the Unified Modelling Language to capture these. We have integrated and extended several software tools to support the use of this new component engineering method. We have also provided a range of collaborative work facilities in these tools to facilitate collaborative component engineering. We illustrate some of these tools in use during multi-user development, and briefly discuss the architectural realisation of these tools and their integration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Software Methods and Tools, SMT 2000
EditorsPeter Croll, Jonathan Gray
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0769509037, 9780769509037
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Software Methods and Tools, SMT 2000 - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 6 Nov 20009 Nov 2000

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Methods and Tools, SMT 2000


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Methods and Tools, SMT 2000


  • aspects
  • collaborative work
  • methods
  • processes
  • software components
  • software engineering environments

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