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Making design patterns explicit in FACE

A framework adaptive composition environment
  • Theo Dirk Meijler
  • Serge Demeyer
  • Robert Engel
Regular Sessions Software Architecture
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1301)

Abstract

Tools incorporating design patterns combine the advantage of having a high-abstraction level of describing a system and the possibility of coupling these abstractions to some underlying implementation. Still, all current tools are based on generating source code in which the design patterns become implicit. After that, further extension and adaptation of the software is needed but this can no longer be supported at the same level of abstraction. This paper presents FACE, an environment based on an explicit representation of design patterns, sustaining an incremental development style without abandoning the higher-level design pattern abstraction. A visual composition tool for FACE has been developed in the Self programming language.

Keywords

Frameworks Design Patterns Software composition Visual Composition Reflection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theo Dirk Meijler
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Serge Demeyer
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert Engel
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Baan LabsGroot ZonneoordBG EdeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institut für Informatik (IAM)Universität BernBerneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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