A flexible connection model for software components

Hironori Washizaki*, Daiki Hoshi, Yoshiaki Fukazawa

*Corresponding author for this work

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A component connection enables a component to use the functionality of other components directly, without generating adapters or other mechanisms at run-time. In conventional component connection models, the connection between components, particularly third-party components, is very costly for code reuse because the component source code must be modified if the types of requester-side and provider-side are different. This paper proposes a new component model, built upon an existing component architecture, which abandons a component service type and connects components based on a method type collection of the provider and requester components. Our model enables flexible connections owing to relaxed component matching, in which the system that implements our model automatically converts values of parameters, return values, and exceptions between required methods and provided ones within a well-defined range. As a result of experimental evaluations, it is found that our model is superior to conventional models in terms of the component-use cost and the capability of changing connections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1421-1431
Number of pages11
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Apr


  • Component-based development
  • Connection model
  • JavaBeans
  • Software components
  • Software reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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