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A Packaging System for Heterogeneous Execution Environments
June 1991 (vol. 17 no. 6)
pp. 626-635

A packaging system that allows diverse software components to be easily interconnected within heterogeneous programming environments is described. Interface software and stubs are generated for programmers automatically once the programmers express their application's geometry in a few simple rules and module interconnection language attributes. By generating custom interface code for each application, based on analysis and extraction of interfacing requirements, the system is able to produce executables whose run-time performance is comparable to manually integrated applications. The system is implemented within the Unix environment.

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Index Terms:
packaging system; heterogeneous execution environments; diverse software components; heterogeneous programming environments; geometry; module interconnection language attributes; custom interface code; interfacing requirements; Unix environment; automatic programming; configuration management; programming environments; user interfaces
Citation:
J.R. Callahan, J.M. Purtilo, "A Packaging System for Heterogeneous Execution Environments," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 626-635, June 1991, doi:10.1109/32.87286
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