Framework component systems: Concepts, design heuristics, and perspectives

  • Wolfgang Pree
  • Gustav Pomberger
  • Franz Kapsner
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1181)


An appropriate combination of object-oriented programming concepts allows not only the development of single reusable components but also of semifinished architectures (=frameworks). The paper first discusses the concepts underlying frameworks and goes on to present design heuristics for developing such component architectures: Though design patterns are currently heralded as state-of-the-art in supporting framework development, a link between design patterns that capture and communicate proven object-oriented design and the framework development process is still missing. As pragmatic solution to this problem we introduce socalled hot spot cards to bridge the mentioned gap. These hot spot cards proved to be a valuable communication vehicle between domain experts and software engineers and thus helped to reduce the number of framework design iterations. An outlook sketches the perspectives and implications of framework technology.


frameworks software architectures component-based software development object-oriented programming object-oriented design design patterns software reuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Pree
    • 1
  • Gustav Pomberger
    • 1
  • Franz Kapsner
    • 2
  1. 1.C. Doppler Laboratory for Software EngineeringJohannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria
  2. 2.Corporate Research DivisionSiemens AGMunichFRG

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