Augmenting UML Models for Composition Conflict Analysis

  • Andreas Leicher
  • Jörn Guy Süß
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3442)


Component reuse is inhibited by two factors: Lack of an adequate modeling representation of components and lack of a method to predict properties of a composition of application components. In this paper, we propose a framework for conflict identification. The framework is primarily based on a taxonomy describing communication and technology related properties. Conflict identification is based on inference rules. Furthermore, we aim to integrate conflict reasoning in the software development process. We will show that the Unified Modeling Language and the Resource Description Framework can be combined to provide a solution to the representation problems, without resorting to extension mechanisms, and without limiting to a specific component platform. As a real life example, we model the connection of an .Net Serviced Component to an Enterprise Java Bean as part of a mortgage bank’s enterprise architecture and prove its viability.


Resource Description Framework Software Development Process Architectural Style Application Component Uniform Resource Locator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Leicher
    • 1
  • Jörn Guy Süß
    • 1
  1. 1.Computergestützte InformationsSysteme (CIS)Technische Universität BerlinGermany

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