Prediction of Web Services Evolution
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- Wang H., Kessentini M., Ouni A. (2016) Prediction of Web Services Evolution. In: Sheng Q., Stroulia E., Tata S., Bhiri S. (eds) Service-Oriented Computing. ICSOC 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9936. Springer, Cham
Web service interfaces are considered as one of the critical components of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and they represent contracts between web service providers and clients (subscribers). These interfaces are frequently modified to meet new requirements. However, these changes in a web service interface typically affect the systems of its subscribers. Thus, it is important for subscribers to estimate the risk of using a specific service and to compare its evolution to other services offering the same features in order to reduce the effort of adapting their applications in the next releases. In addition, the prediction of interface changes may help web service providers to better manage available resources (e.g. programmers’ availability, hard deadlines, etc.) and efficiently schedule required maintenance activities to improve the quality. In this paper, we propose to use machine learning, based on Artificial Neuronal Networks, for the prediction of the evolution of Web services interface design. To this end, we collected training data from quality metrics of previous releases from 6 Web services. The validation of our prediction techniques shows that the predicted metrics value, such as number of operations, on the different releases of the 6 Web services were similar to the expected ones with a very low deviation rate. In addition, most of the quality issues of the studied Web service interfaces were accurately predicted, for the next releases, with an average precision and recall higher than 82 %. The survey conducted with active developers also shows the relevance of prediction technique for both service providers and subscribers.