Encapsulation of legacy software: A technique for reusing legacy software components


The following paper reviews the possibilities of encapsulating existing legacy software for reuse in new distributed architectures. It suggests wrapping as an alternative strategy to reengineering and redevelopment. It then defines the levels of granularity at which software can be encapsulated before going on to describe how to construct a wrapper and how to adapt host programs for wrapping. Some wrapping products are discussed and the state of the art summarized. The advantage of wrapping over conventional reengineering is the low cost and even lower risks involved. This is the driving force in the search for improved wrapping technology.

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Sneed, H.M. Encapsulation of legacy software: A technique for reusing legacy software components. Annals of Software Engineering 9, 293–313 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1018989111417

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