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Invasive Software Composition
U. Aßmann
Springer-Verlag Heidelberg

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This book presents a new, component based way to construct software systems, "invasive software composition". To improve reuse, this method regards software components as greybox and integrates them during composition. Then, components are distinct in design, but are merged in implementations, leading to highly integrated and more efficient systems. Building on a minimal set of program transformations, composition operator libraries can be developed that parameterize, extend, connect, mediate, and aspect-weave components. Hence, invasive composition unifies several software engineering techniques such as generic programming, architecture systems, inheritance, view-based programming, and aspect oriented programming (AOP). Since invasive composition is centered around a standard language, Java, and a demonstrator library, COMPOST, is freely available, this book provides a wealth of material for the system architect in his everyday processes.

Invasive software composition is a method of the growing field of "composition systems", component systems that provide a composition language. Such systems provide the most general approach to component based engineering so far. To show this, the book evaluates and compares several approaches of the last 40 years. This makes the book to a compendium for component and composition based software engineering.

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Dr. Frank J. Furrer, System Architect, frank.j.furrer@bluewin.ch

Many of today's software systems show one or more of the following trends:
Coping with these trends calls for new software (and in fact: systems) technologies. One promising element of such a new technology is the invasive software composition developed in this book by Prof. U. Assmann.

Invasive software composition extends the notion of a software component (as defined in object-oriented technology) an leads the idea from the black-box component to well-defined gray-box components. The book introduces the three necessary techniques - the component model, the composition technique, and the composition language - to make invasive software composition viable. The 334-page book covers the full chain of defining, designing, assembling, composing the components, as well as a possible architecture view. It also approaches the topic of reliability and the propagation of reliability properties through composition. Heavy emphasis is laid on the notion of interfacing the composable components.

The book is both an excellent, although quite demanding, introduction into this emerging field and a reference volume for working with software composition. Its tutorial flow is logical, consistent, and readable.

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