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Understanding Service-Oriented Software
March/April 2004 (vol. 21 no. 2)
pp. 71-77
Nicolas Gold, UMIST
Claire Knight, Volantis Systems
Andrew Mohan, UMIST
Malcolm Munro, University of Durham

Service-oriented software is being hailed as the next revolutionary approach to software development. Service orientation allows organizations to rapidly and dynamically form new software applications to meet changing business needs, thus alleviating the software evolution problems that occur with traditional applications. The largest of these problems is the need to understand existing software before changing it. This article looks ahead toward the automated construction of service-oriented software, discussing software understanding in the context of service orientation and identifying potential new problems. The authors conclude that, while service orientation certainly helps solve some aspects of the evolution problem, software comprehension takes a new and potentially more challenging role.

Index Terms:
Distributed/Internet-based software engineering tools and techniques; evolving Internet applications; maintainability; restructuring, reverse engineering, and reengineering
Citation:
Nicolas Gold, Claire Knight, Andrew Mohan, Malcolm Munro, "Understanding Service-Oriented Software," IEEE Software, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 71-77, March-April 2004, doi:10.1109/MS.2004.1270766
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