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Control integration through message-passing in a software development environment

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1 Author(s)
A. W. Brown ; Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Understanding tool integration in a software development environment (SDE) is one of the key issues being addressed in work on providing automated support for large-scale software production. Work has been taking place at both the conceptual level ('what is integration?') and the mechanistic level ('how do we provide integration?'). Existing integration mechanisms have been very rigid in the support they provide for integration. Users have been offered a fixed level of integration with little flexibility. However, one approach that has been implemented employs a control integration paradigm which appears to be flexible, supportive and adaptable to a wide range of end-user needs. Implementations of this paradigm are based on the notion of 'message-passing' as the underlying communication mechanism between SDE services. This paper examines the message-passing approach to integration in an SDE, looks at the general principles of the approach, describes some existing implementations, and discusses the use of such a mechanism as the basis for a more flexible environment that is open to experimentation with different approaches to integration.<>

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Software Engineering Journal  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 3 )