Document Type thesis Author Name Unhale, Sudeep Prabhakar URN etd-0427103-145102 Title An Environment For Specifying and Executing Adaptable Software Components Degree MS Department Computer Science Advisors George T. Heineman, Advisor Micha Hofri, Department Head Lee Becker, Reader Keywords component adaptations active interfaces blackbox component adaptation component adaptation technique Component Specification Lanunguage software reuse Date of Presentation/Defense 2003-04-18 Availability unrestricted
One of the difficulties of Component Based Software Engineering (CBSE)  in reusing pre-existing components is the need to adapt these components to work within the desired target systems [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Third-party or in-house Commercial Off-the-shelf (COTS) components may not always have the required exact functionality demanded by the builders of the target system, so these systems have to be either modified [2, 3, 4, 5, 6] or adapted to provide this required functionality. Modifying these components may not be always practically possible.
In this thesis, we propose an infrastructure that supports the active interface adaptation technique [3, 8, 9, 10]. This infrastructure directly addresses the problem of effectively packaging components for third-party use, adaptation, and deployment. Doing so we support both component designers and third party application builders. Further we evaluate our approach using several adaptations over the case studies.
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