A "framework" for object oriented frameworks design

D. Parsons, A. Rashid, A. Speck, A. Telea
Proceedings Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems. TOOLS 29 (Cat. No.PR00275)  
Object-oriented frameworks are established tools for domain-specific reuse. Many framework design patterns have been documented, e.g. reverse engineering framework architectures from conventionally built applications for a given domain. The framework development cycle generally evolves from open framework to closed application. We describe a more flexible component-based approach to framework design that stresses a common interface for 'plugging-in' new components at different lifecycle stages.
more » ... t lifecycle stages. An analysis of framework-related user roles shows that the classical developer/end-user boundary is too rigid. We see the framework's development as a continuum within which its 'actors' can customise its behaviour. This both increases the system's flexibility and reduces its maintenance requirement. A case study of three frameworks for different application domains illustrates the presented principles.
doi:10.1109/tools.1999.779007 dblp:conf/tools/ParsonsRST99 fatcat:ew6k4hxkr5du5ooaac2ur3gema