By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- New research on Software Research is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "The component integration phase is key to component-based system (CBS) success because of its profound impact on the quality of a software product. However, CBS integration is a complex phase because it is rarely the case that components are perfectly matched and ready for 'plug and play."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, "The component integration phase involves assembling pre-existing software components usually developed by different parties, and writing glue-code to handle the mismatches between CBS-to-be requirements and available component features. The objective of the study is to gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of integration process activities on the overall success of a CBS. The empirical study also investigates the inter-dependency between the CBS integration process activities. A survey was developed and data from CBS practitioners working in small-to-medium-sized organisations were collected. The results show that 'component functional specification', 'structural compatibility analysis', 'architectural model development' and 'early glue-code specification' are integration process activities that have positive correlation with the successful development of a CBS. However, the results indicate that the 'quality properties analysis' is not carried out as an integration process activity by the majority of CBS practitioners during development of a CBS."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Furthermore, the results of the survey also provide empirical evidence that there is a positive association between various key CBS integration process activities."
For more information on this research see: Empirical study of software component integration process activities. IET Software, 2013;7(2):65-75. IET Software can be contacted at: Inst Engineering Technology-Iet, Michael Faraday House Six Hills Way Stevenage, Hertford SG1 2AY, England. (The Institution of Engineering and Technology - www.theiet.org/; IET Software - www.ietdl.org/IET-SEN)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Mahmood, King Fahd Univ Petr & Minerals, Dept. of Informat & Comp Sci, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia. Additional authors for this research include .
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Software Research
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