Bridging the gap between design and implementation of components libraries
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Object-oriented design is usually driven by three main reusability principles: step-by-step design, design for reuse and design with reuse. However, these principles are just partially applied to the subsequent object-oriented implementation, often due to efficienc y constraints, yielding to a gap between design and implementation. In this paper we provide a solution for bridging this gap for a concrete framework, the one of designing and implementing container-like component libraries, such as STL, Booc h Components, etc. Our approach is based on a new design pattern together with its corresponding implementation. The proposal enhances the same principles that drive the design process: step-by--step implementation (adding just what is needed in every step), implementation with reuse (component implementations are reused while library implementation progresses and component hierarchies grow) and implementation for reuse (intermediate component implementations can be reused in many different points o f the hierarchy). We use our approach in two different manners: for building a brand-new container-like component library, and for reengineering an existing one, Booch Components in Ada95.
CitationMarco, J., Franch, X. "Bridging the gap between design and implementation of components libraries". 2000.
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