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Building Systems from Commercial Components (SEI Series in Software Engineering)

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Publisher Comments:

There is a growing gap between the theory and the practice of component-based software design. The theory largely assumes that the design task is to develop specifications for software components; in reality, however, most component-based design relies on preexisting components, which have preexisting specifications. With more and more software being developed from commercially available components, it is increasingly critical to recognize the novel challenges and unfamiliar constraints inherent in such design. Describing a number of proven techniques, this book provides much-needed guidance on how to build component-based systems in a real working environment.

Building Systems from Commercial Components is divided into three parts:

  • Part I identifies the design challenges posed by commercial components, presents specific engineering techniques that meet those challenges, and describes workflows for incorporating those techniques into an existing development process.
  • Part II features an extended case study of a project from the authors' own experience, with each chapter illustrating the challenges posed by commercial components and the techniques used to meet those challenges.
  • Part III provides advice on how to get started using the techniques described in the book, and makes some predictions about the future course of component-based development.

This book is intended for anyone who practices, or wishes to practice, component-based software development. System architects, chief engineers, project managers, chief technology officers, and front-line software engineers and programmers will each find here something of immediate value. The authors, through their work at the Software Engineering Institute, are able to share a broad and practical understanding of both the problems you will face and the solutions you will require as you design component-based systems.

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Book News Annotation:

A principal source of risk in component-based software design, say Wallnau and two other technicians at the institute, Scott A. Hissam and Robert C. Seacord, is a lack of knowledge about how components should be integrated and how they behave when integrated. To mitigate that risk, they introduce several concepts, among them the component ensemble as a design abstraction, blackboards as a fundamental design notation, and a process for exposing design risk. They speak to practicing and student software engineers.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Commercial software components (CSCSs) are for-sale products. A component is a reusable program building block that can be combined with other components in the same or other computers in a distributed network to form an application. Components are gaining appeal because they allow the software practitioner to buy rather than build from scratch. This volume is intended to help software architects, engineers, and project managers build large systems from commerical software components. A series of case studies illustrates the book's techniques in practice.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-372) and index.

About the Author

Kurt C. Wallnau is a senior technical staff member at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). He was team lead for the SEI's commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based systems project, and now leads the predictable assembly from certifiable components project. He designed and taught the CMU/MSE course in component-based development methods, and has over 20 years experience in research and industry.

Scott A. Hissam is a senior technical staff member at the SEI and adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. He has over 15 years of software development experience, including project leadership positions at Lockheed Martin and Bell Atlantic.

Robert Seacord began programming (professionally) for IBM in 1982 and has been programming in C since 1985, and in C++ since 1992. Robert is currently a Senior Vulnerability Analyst with the CERT/Coordination Center at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). He is coauthor of Building Systems from Commercial Components (Addison-Wesley, 2002) and Modernizing Legacy Systems (Addison-Wesley, 2003). The CERT/CC, among other security-related activities, regularly analyzes software vulnerability reports and assesses the risk to the Internet and other critical infrastructure.

Table of Contents

Preface.

I: FUNDAMENTALS.

1. Components Everywhere.

The Software Component Revolution.

Component Space.

Process, Method and Notation Assumptions.

Terminology and Acronyms.

Summary.
2. The Unfinished Revolution.

The First Software Crisis.

The Software Factory Regime.

The Second Software Crisis.

The Market Regime.

Le Procés c'est mort! Vive le Procés!

Summary.

For Further Reading.

Discussion Questions.
3. Engineering Design and Components.

Fundamental Ideas.

Impact of Software Components.

Designing With and For Components.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
4. Requirements and Components.

Fundamental Ideas.

Traditional Requirements Engineering.

Component-Based Requirements Engineering.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
5. Ensembles and Blackboards.

Fundamental Ideas.

The Ensemble Metamodel.

Modeling Ensembles with Blackboards.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
6. Model Problems.

Fundamental Ideas.

The Role of Toys.

From Toy to Model Problem.

Finding the Right Model Problems.

Repair and Contingency.

Summary.

For Further Reading.

Discussion Questions.
7. Managing the Design Space.

Fundamental Ideas.

Ensembles, Blackboards, Relations.

Ensemble Management.

Component and Ensemble Composition.

Repository Structure.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
8. Storing Competence.

Fundamental Ideas.

Packaging With Ensemble Handbooks.

Automation.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
9. The Multi-Attribute Utility Technique.

Fundamental Ideas.

Evaluating Components with MAUT.

Summary.

For Further Reading.

Discussion Questions.
10. Risk-Misfit.

Fundamental Ideas.

Feature and Repair Analysis.

Component Selection.

Why Risk/Misfit?

Experiences with Risk/Misfit.

Summary.

For Further Reading.

Discussion Questions.
11. Black Box Visibility.

Fundamental Ideas.

Opportunities for Visibility.

Probing.

Snooping.

Spoofing.

Static Program Analysis.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.

II: CASE STUDY.

12. The DIRS Case Study.

Sources of Complexity in DIRS.

A False Start.

Regrouping: The "DeepWeb" Approach.

Implications of DeepWeb.

Commitments.

Deceptive Simplicity.

Summary.

For Further Reading.

Discussion Questions.
13. Applet Ensemble: The Opening.

Where are We?

Risk Analysis.

Model Problem.

Model Solutions.

Evaluation.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
14. Public Key Infrastructure.

Fundamental Ideas.

Non-Repudiation.

Confidentiality.

Integrity.

Summary.

For Further Reading.

Discussion Questions.
15. A Certificate Odyssey.

Where are We?

Exploring Certificate Space.

Sustaining the Public Key Infrastructure.

Evaluation.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
16. Applet Ensemble: The Middlegame.

Where are We?

Repair Analysis.

Risk Analysis.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
17. Secure Applet Ensemble.

Where are We?

Model Problem.

Model Solutions.

For Further Reading.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
18. Instrumented Model Problem.

Where are We?

Model Problem.

Model Solutions.

Evaluation.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
19. Sorbet: A Custom Ensemble.

Where are We?

Model Problem.

Model Solution.

Evaluation.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
20. Hardware Components.

Where are We?

Risk Analysis.

Realize Confidentiality Model Problem.

Realize Authorization Model problem.

Repair Analysis.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
21. Into the Black Box.

Where are We?

Define Model Problem.

Model Solution.

Evaluation.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
22. Applet Ensemble: The Endgame.

Where are We?

Repair Analysis.

Risk Analysis.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
23. Secure Applet Ensemble Redux.

Model Problem.

Model Solution.

Evaluation.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.
24. Conclusion and Retrospective.

Multi-Attribute Evaluation.

Conclusion.

Retrospective.

Summary.

Discussion Questions.

III: ONWARD.

25. Getting Started.

Build a Competence Center.

Define Your Infrastructure.

Build an Enterprise Design Handbook.

Certify Designers and Lead Engineers.

Summary.
26. The Prophecies.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780201700640
Author:
Wallnau, Kurt
Author:
Seacord, Robert
Author:
Hissam, Scott A.
Author:
Seacord, Robert C.
Author:
Hissam, Scott
Publisher:
Addison Wesley Longman
Location:
Boston, MA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
System design
Subject:
Component software
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
SEI Series in Software Engineering (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
[5]
Publication Date:
July 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.26x6.32x.90 in. 1.42 lbs.

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