JOURNAL OF SOFTWARE (JSW)
ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 3    Issue : 1    Date : January 2008

Extending Component Composition Using Model Driven and Aspect-Oriented Techniques
Pedro J. Clemente, Juan Herández, and Fernando Sánchez
Page(s): 74-86
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Abstract
Component-based software engineering is an interesting and emerging discipline focused on
reuse plug&play pieces of software. However, these pieces of software are distributed by the
companies as binary units of composition. So, nowadays the system requirements are
continuously evolving, as a consequence the component acquired normally need to require be
adapted to these new requirements. However, once a binary component is ready to market, its
contract cannot be changed in order to be adapted to new context or new requirements. In this
sense, new modularization mechanisms like aspect-orientation can facilitate the software systems
adaptation and evolution. Besides, this kind of modularization joined to model driven techniques
can help to obviate contracts and weave new behavior to an already developed system. In this
paper, a component composition mechanism based on aspect-oriented and model-driven
techniques is presented, extending the typical composition based on interfaces and events. To do
this, the components and their relations (basic relations –provides, uses– and extended relations
described using aspect-oriented techniques) are modeled using UML. Then, using our approach
based on model-driven development (MDD) the system modeled is transformed to obtain a
component based system based on a specific component model. This work has been developed
using Corba Component Model (CCM) as the component model1.

Index Terms
Model Driven Development (MDD), Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD), CBSE, MDA,
CCM.