Constructing open systems via consistent components
Open systems capable of handling unanticipated future changes are very desirable. A common approach towards open systems is based on components. There are some essential issues of the component-based software paradigm. First, the most challenging analysis issue is about component consistency - namely a component does not violate some property in another when composed. The paper presents a formal approach to the issue by including consistency semantic to component specification. Based on this semantic information, components can be efficiently cross-checked for the consistency among components. The second issue is on how components are realized from the formal specification. The layered architecture is recommended for component-based system design in which component specifications are separated into layers. Subsequently, each layer can be then respectively implemented by & corresponding module via aspect-oriented programming. The target system simply involves composing those modules together in a well-defined order. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005.