A Survey of Practical Software Adaptation Techniques
Stephen Kell (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Abstract: Software adaptation techniques appear in many disparate areas of research literature, and under many guises. This paper enables a clear and uniform understanding of the related research, in three ways. Firstly, it surveys a broad range of relevant research, describing and contrasting the approaches of each using a uniform terminological and conceptual vocabulary. Secondly, it identifies and discusses three commonly advocated principles within this work: component models, first-class connection and loose coupling. Thirdly, it identifies and compares the various modularisation strategies employed by the surveyed work.
Keywords: adaptation, communication, coordination, coupling, modularity, reuse, software architecture, software composition, software measurement
Categories: D.2.11, D.2.12, D.2.13, D.2.6, D.2.7